Mixing Ethnic Sensibility and Traditional China at Bilotta’s ‘Art Of The Table’

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I was invited to participate in the Fifth Annual ‘Art of the Table’ at the Bilotta Kitchen Showroom at the A&D Building in New York City this year. In the process of working on this project I learned that it is the 30th Anniversary of Bilotta, a family owned and run business; I dug a little deeper and came to find out that my working relationship with Bilotta is just shy of 20 years! All the while working with the same Kitchen Designer – our beloved Paula Greer. This made participating in the event all the more meaningful for me, and for them!

This year’s co-sponsor is Prouna, and we were allowed to select china from any of their patterns: I selected ‘Tapestry’, a richly patterned gold border decoration on white – a very popular combination for classic place settings.

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Large sets of china get passed down from one-generation to the next – with the dishes used only once or twice per year — along with sterling flatware. But what I find is that when a table is set exclusively with the ‘good’ china, it can look staid and old fashioned. The solution? Mix it up!

Estate sales, auctions, antique stores and even yard sales can be great places to pick up ‘good’ china that people realize they don’t need or don’t want anymore; mixing up patterns, especially with bold and expressive designs, can bring some life back to the tabletop. And if you collect ‘mountains’ of the stuff, if one or two get broken or chipped along the way, c’est la vie!

I say use what you have if only once a week or even once a month – this way you have included the ‘good china’ and hopefully the dusty flatware into your life.

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A typical house in America has separate rooms for the Kitchen, Dining and ‘Living’. But tell me, which room do you spend the most time in, even when you have guests?

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I am almost certain your answer will be the kitchen! I think about the kitchen as the real living room – so why does it need to be white, bright with the now ubiquitous stainless steel appliances? I have begun to approach this essential and most used room as the real living room and have taken to ‘un-kitchening’ the kitchen’ by using richer colors for walls and cabinets, including lamp light, artwork, decorative objects and furniture that many people delegate to other rooms.

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The “Art of the Table’ event provided me the opportunity to showcase this strategy in creating a relevant kitchen for how we live today.


Thank You NYC&G!

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We’d like to say a word of thanks to Kendell Cronstrom and the team of judges for this year’s New York Cottages & Gardens Innovation in Design AwardsBernd Goeckler, Shawn Henderson, Sandra Nunnerley, Tara Seawright, and Alan Tanksley — for selecting Glenn Gissler Design as the winner in both the Kitchen Design and Interior Design categories at last evenings awards ceremony.

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Among the many design luminaries present at the awards was none other than John Saladino, who received the Innovator Award, presented by Mark Sacco of Sacco Carpets for his incredible contributions to the interior design industry. It was a very special moment for me sharing the stage with such a design legend.

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I was accompanied for the evenings festivities by Wendy Silverstein of WS&A Public Relations, and my Senior Designer Craig Strulovitz, who coincidentally celebrates his 10 year anniversary working at my firm this week. In many ways these prestigious awards are due in part to him – thank you Craig! — for your commitment to excellence in executing our work.

And once again thank you to everyone at NYC&G — being recognized by such an important shelter publications is certainly one of the highlights of my year!



NYC&G 2015 Innovation in Design Awards

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We are both grateful and honored to be among the finalists nominated in 2 categories in this years NYC&G Innovation in Design Awards — with the winners being announced at a gala dinner on Wednesday September 16th, at 583 Park Avenue in New York.


Kitchen Design

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Glenn Gissler Design has been recognized in the Kitchen Design Category for this spacious and stylishly functional kitchen within a project we completed on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. (To see the entire project, follow this link.)


Interior Design

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And in the Interior Design category we’ve been recognized for this grand-scaled 11 room apartment in a building designed in 1923 by architect Mott B. Schmidt on Manhattan’s Upper East Side off Park Avenue. (To see this entire project, follow this link.)


No matter the outcome, being recognized as a finalist in 2 categories at this years awards is truly an honor — and we’d like to wish continued success to all our friends and colleagues who were recognized this year. Best of luck to us all!