LENS versus LOOK

Shades of muted aquamarine, cinnabar, and sandstone serve to punctuate this gracious living room, with seating for six--or more--when the homeowners entertain family and friends. At the far end of the space the window wall is framed with lush curtains, tailored from Cowtan & Tout's 'BROMLEY' printed linen.

Shades of muted aquamarine, cinnabar, and sandstone serve to punctuate this gracious living room, with seating for six–or more–when the homeowners entertain family and friends. At the far end of the space the window wall is framed with lush curtains, tailored from Cowtan & Tout’s ‘BROMLEY’ printed linen. 

Many successful interior designers have a LOOK; they create instantly recognizable rooms, either through the employment of specific color schemes, blue and white spaces, for example, distinct styles, like traditional or modern, or signature elements that they favor, like particular light fixtures, finishes, or furniture silhouettes.

We take a different approach.

 Instead of having a LOOK, Glenn Gissler Design utilizes an aesthetic LENS through which we make choices, edit materials, and accessorize spaces. This LENS is informed by decades of crafting singular rooms–rooms specific to the homeowner we are working with. We take this approach because we believe the most successful interiors are those our clients have inspired us to create.

 Other factors, like the project’s location in the city, country, or beach, guide our decisions. The exterior architecture gives us clues, too; we consider the structural vocabulary of a home so that the exterior envelope and interior decorations are harmonious.

 Another guiding principle at GGD is that we NEVER SAY NEVER in the project’s planning stages. This way of thinking leads to distinctive and personal rooms. When everything is on the proverbial table, the creative process is only limited by the breadth of our (and our client’s) imagination. 

 Let me give you an example.

A vibrant canvas by the late American abstract impressionist painter John Opper (1908-1994) takes pride of place in the apartment’s gracious living room. Two deep-seated sofas are upholstered in lush blue velvet, with a pair of club chairs covered in a Zak & Fox textile and two Regency-style benches covered in paprika-hued velvet. The curtains were tailored from a Cowtan & Tout floral fabric.

A vibrant canvas by the late American abstract impressionist painter John Opper takes pride of place in the apartment’s gracious living room. Two deep-seated sofas are upholstered in lush blue velvet, with a pair of club chairs covered in a Zak & Fox textile and two Regency-style benches covered in paprika-hued velvet. The curtains were tailored from a Cowtan & Tout floral fabric.

In this recently completed apartment in the Carnegie Hill neighborhood of Manhattan, our clients asked us to create a home cohesively inflected with traditional references–including floral patterned textiles, which, while not a house code for our firm, became part of the scheme.

Having gathered floral fabric samples from various showrooms, we set off to present them to our clients. And as it turned out, they favored many from the heritage brand Cowtan & Tout. Something was alluring about the quality, texture, and sensibility of the firms’ selections. Below are some of their fabrics and how they were used in this apartment, including stripes and solids we sourced through Cowtan & Tout as well.

SEE THE ENTIRE PROJECT HERE

blank

One last thought: In a world of impersonal and ever-more-automated interactions, we wanted to tip our hats to our sales representative from Cowtan & Tout, the delightful, energetic, fun, and responsive Anne Hanavan. She’s always available to help us source a textile–and her professionalism is first-rate! Here’s to you, Anne!

Throw pillows on the living room sofas were made from Cowtan & Tout’s JAGO in the colorway BURNT ORANGE.Throw pillows on the living room sofas were made from Cowtan & Tout’s JAGO in the colorway BURNT ORANGE.

Throw pillows on the living room sofas were made from Cowtan & Tout’s JAGO in the colorway BURNT ORANGE.

blankblank

The living room curtains were tailored in Cowtan & Tout’s BROMLEY, in the colorway SAND/RED.

blankblank

Dining Room has existing Cowtan & Tout upholstered walls in a discontinued Cabbage Rose.

blankblank

The Roman shade is tailored in Cowtan & Tout’s GISELLE STRIPE in the colorway PATINA in the home office. That pattern was also used as trim for the leading edge of the portiere curtain.

blankblank

Additionally, the window seat cushion and desk chair were covered in Cowtan & Tout’s ASTA in the colorway OCEAN. That fabric was also used for the headboard in the blue bedroom.

“We want to give clients a new home with carefully edited pieces that reflect their lives in a way that brings joy.”

– Glenn Gissler

blankblank

A sage-toned Bridgewater-armed club chair provides the perfect spot for afternoon reading or a cup of tea before bed. When paired with the curtains–tailored from Colefax and Fowler’s GREENACRE print–the tableau mirrors verdant Central Park just outside the window.

GC Magazine – Best Interior Designers in New York City 2023

General Contractors Magazine - Best Interior Designers in New York, New York - Glenn Gissler Design

Glenn Gissler Design was selected by General Contractor Magazine as one of the “Best Interior Designers in New York City” for 2023.

 

General Contractor Magazine – Best Interior Designers in New York, New York

New York, New York, the city that never sleeps, is a vibrant hub of creativity, culture, and style. Known for its iconic architecture, world-class museums, and trend-setting fashion, New York is a city that exudes sophistication and innovation. In this dynamic metropolis, the interior design scene is no exception.

 

If you seek the expertise of top-notch interior designers in New York, look no further. The list below features the best interior designers in the city, carefully curated by our team. These designers have a profound understanding of space, color, and aesthetics and a proven track record of transforming ordinary spaces into extraordinary havens. Whether envisioning a sleek, modern loft or a classic, elegant brownstone, these designers will bring your dreams to life.

blank

Glenn Gissler Design is a distinguished New York interior design firm well-known for its award-winning work and extensive recognition in the industry. With a focus on creating elegant, livable spaces and a deep understanding of the decorative arts, Glenn Gissler Design has become synonymous with exceptional interior design in New York. From transforming SoHo lofts to reviving classic Upper East Side “Classic Six” apartments to designing tranquil rural retreats and stunning seaside getaways, Glenn Gissler Design is known for crafting interiors that are spacious, filled with natural light and, above all, visually captivating.

 

 

The firm’s accolades include the 2019 American Society of Interior Designers New York Metro Design Excellence Awards for Outdoor Space and recognition as an honoree at the Brownstone RADD Awards in the same year. And Glenn Gissler Design continues to receive high praise and acclaim for its outstanding work. Highlighted in prestigious publications such as The New York Times, Town & Country, LUXE, and Elle Decor, Glenn Gissler Design’s unique design philosophy and commitment to creating captivating and comfortable interiors have firmly established the firm as a leading firm in the field.

 

GC Magazine

Michael Kors’ New York Apartment in Remodelista

Glenn Gissler - Blog - 2014 - dr-2-640x605

Over the weekend Remodelista published a post about the penthouse I designed for Michael Kors and his husband Lance Lepere – with 9 additional pictures of the austere black and white apartment decorated in keeping with Kors’ aesthetic, with iconic pieces by Florence Knoll, Mies van der Rohe, and George Nelson.

.

“After a day spent obsessing about color, texture, and ornament, what would you want to come home to? For fashion designer Michael Kors, the answer is an apartment that’s “clean, spare, and simple, but the pieces have presence and quality, which is the same approach I take to designing clothes.”

.

 

Read the full article.

And a big THANK YOU to Meredith Swinehart and Remodelista for creating this fantastic article!

DLS Day 3 – Brooklyn ‘Makers’ Tour

Glenn Gissler - Blog - 2014 - DLN - R-H-photo-3-34

Feeling a bit like Marco Polo, I joined in the DLS’s full day tour of the studios of ‘Brooklyn Makers’ organized by Wanted Design founders Claire Pijoulat & Odile Hainaut.

While I had to keep checking a map to see where exactly we were, it was rewarding to meet  and experience members of the rich creative community that’s developed in Brooklyn in recent years. Here are some of the craftsmen I found most interesting…

(more…)