Lighting & Decor

Lighting and Decor


Last Look photos by Gross & Daley


Last Look

Clients come to Glenn Gissler for his style, but they stay for his art expertise. The New York-based designer goes above and beyond to help his clients choose artwork for their homes and has sage advice to share: Never buy artwork on vacation! See how Gissler composed this Chelsea loft.


1. It is a misnomer that white walls for art is a neutral surface: I think that white can be quite harsh. Art take out of a gallery setting and put in a home can have a strong effect on the art itself; the humanity is more legible and it impacts the experience of spaces profoundly. Art and objects are in a dialog with each other such that things from different time periods can be curated to be in a rich conversation. 

2. I tend to go for more understated furnishings and stronger art. Placement of art and furniture are both very important and require great consideration. Depends on the scale of the room. Too small is too small and too big is too big, and like the story of Goldilocks and the three bears, the challenge is getting it “just right.” There have been an abundance of articles on people doing so-called salon hangings—clusters of miscellaneous framed works on a wall. Quality matters. It is better to have a few well-scaled good things than a plethora of not-so-good works.

3. To learn more about art, join a museum and go reguarly, not just to the openings and parties. Engage with the curators and art dealers to learn more about wat you are looking at. Subscribe to magazines about art. Search out the best art dealers and talk to them to learn more. It is not something you can do overnight–cultivate your eye–look, look, look. Look at and read books about art.






Chic Retreats: Living Room

“I live in Brooklyn Heights, so my goal was to respect the history and architecture of the town-house while making it comfortable for today,” says designer Glenn Gissler, who paired a curvaceous Vladimir Kagan sofa with early-20th-century French furnishings and 20th-century paintings, all from 1stdibs.





Designer Edition

by Rachael Tinari-McNamee
Photos by Gross & Daley

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Initially, a student of architecture, Glenn combines his in-depth knowledge of structure with other facets of design, including fashion, art, literature, and history, in order to design the spaces he is known for. Based in New York, his firm, Glenn Gissler Design, has designed homes around the US for a wide range of clients and been featured in multiple popular design publications including House Beautiful, Elle Decor, House & Garden among others.

With an undeniable quality of tranquility surrounding Glenn’s designs, he expertly interweaves furnishings from all manners of eras and styles to create a landscape which can be at once appreciated as a whole and for the individual quality of each piece. The resulting effect is one of ultimate composure – which skillfully balances beauty and grace with the practicalities of daily living. Discover more about our LUXList Designer’s inspiration and aesthetic! See his favorite pieces from



Describe your design aesthetic in a few words?

A mix of contemporary and traditional that is comfortable and polished without seeming ‘decorated’

What do you love about using antiques in your designs?

I have spent a good portion of my life learning about art, design, history, cultures both near and far. I prefer to mix objects and furnishings from all eras and origins. I have come to realize that my design work is more about a process of seeking essential elements for comfort and delight that includes objects, artwork, antiques, furniture, and textiles that is both half-full and half-empty; where the individual elements can be seen and understood on their own, but they are also in a dialogue with each other.

What inspires you?

My formal education was more rigorous in architecture and historic education—I didn’t study furniture, textiles, etc. All those things I learned on my own, although my background did bode well for what I wanted to do. It’s in my blood and it remains in my blood—the coalescing of art, architecture, design, lifestyle, and experience.


What is a favorite piece in your home?

I have had the good fortune to live most of my adult life with fine art.  Thinking my way through my apartment in Brooklyn Heights room-by-room the one item that stands out is a small abstract gouache painting I made in the 7th grade that hangs in my bedroom.

What are some details of your signature style?

The one word that others use to describe my work is calm – that is, of course, a feeling not a detail. Details would often include fine art, rich but understated textiles that are both new and vintage, typically a soothing palette, tailored upholstery silhouettes and a rich landscape of multi-cultural and historical objects and accessories.


About Glenn Gissler

Glenn Gissler Design is an award-winning, and widely published Manhattan-based design firm established in 1987. Gissler brings a multidimensional outlook to interior design. Trained as an architect at the Rhode Island School of Design, he has far-reaching interests in 20th-century art, fashion, literature, sociology, architectural and social history, and a general interest in objects as cultural artifacts.  With a focus on residential projects, Glenn joins architectural concepts with thoughtful applications of lighting, fabric and distinctive furnishings and is committed to providing beautiful and extremely livable environments in which his clients are inspired to fully express themselves.

He has worked with young professionals, couples, families, empty-nesters and created exciting pied-a-terre residences in New York City, the Metropolitan area, Long Island, Westchester County, Chicago, Massachusetts and Florida. His work is stylistically diverse and is regularly seen in magazines and books, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Town & Country, House & Garden, New York Spaces, Hamptons Cottages & Gardens, Interior Design, New York Times Sunday Magazine, Art & Antiques and Interior Design Master Class by Carl Delatorre.

As a member of the Board of Directors – RISD Museum (Rhode Island School of Design)he has donated many designs and decorative art objects to assist the Museum in expanding its current holdings of 95,000 objects. Glenn was the 1017 President of the New York Metro Chapter of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), and among many other innovative initiatives and programs, he launched the magazine DESIGN to represent the chapters many activities, and just organized twelve events on behalf of the chapter for ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) at Jacob Javits Convention Center.

Architectural Digest 2017



How Brooklyn Designers Created a Historic Townhouse for Modern Living

by Hadley Keller

The inaugural Brooklyn Heights Designer Show House merges old and new, to striking effect

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It’s about time Brooklyn had its own designer show house. Over the past few years, the borough has proven itself as more of a creative oasis than ever, with everything from furniture to lighting to ceramics making waves throughout the design community; one room at this year’s prestigious Holiday House featured only decor from Brooklyn. And while show houses like Holiday House and Kips Bay are buzzworthy events in Manhattan, its sister borough hasn’t seen the same opportunity for showcasing its best design—until now. With the inaugural Brooklyn Heights Designer Show House, the Brooklyn Heights Association as gathered 17 of the borough’s creatives to outfit a historic townhouse on Livingston Street, with funds benefiting the association’s preservation efforts in the charming neighborhood.




Living Room by Glenn Gissler

Gissler, a Brooklyn Heights resident, worked with 1stdibs to source a collection of furnishings that would look at home under the room’s original molding and large-scale windows. “Our goal was to create a 19th-century living room for the 21st century,” Gissler quips. “Placing a rich and sophisticated selection of 20th-century furnishings, artwork, and accessories gives the room a more modern feeling reflecting more contemporary lifestyles.”

Cottages & Gardens 2017



Tour the Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse Presented by NYC&G

Photographs by Anastassios Mentis

Glenn Gissler Design | Living Room

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1stdibs helped source furnishings, lighting, artwork, and objects, as well as coordinated all the deliveries, so we could focus on creating the most extraordinary room possible,” explains Glenn Gissler of the living room he designed.



Resources: All furnishings and accessories, 1stDibs | Wallpaper on ceiling and walls, Farrow & Ball | Curtain fabric, Fabricate | Rug, Nazmiyal Collection Antique Rugs & Vintage Carpets