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Feb 22, 2006
According to Glenn Gissler, art is the single most important element of a room. Art, he says-along with friends-is what gives a home life. His clients, many of whom are art collectors and dealers, might argue that without Gissler’s classical-yet-modern environments, their lives wouldn't be so comfortable, nor the paintings and sculpture around them quite as magical.
As a child, Gissler studied art with a painter friend of his mother's, who was also an interior designer. With fine arts and architecture degrees from Rhode Island School of Design, he worked on projects with designer Juan Montoya and architect Rafael Vignoly, then launched his own firm in 1987. His many projects since then include residences in the New York area and Florida as well as showrooms for Michael Kors and offices for prominent CEOs.
Gissler calls his work the result of lifelong interests in twentieth-century art, literature, historic preservation and architectural history. His interiors are invariably diverse and polished, without looking "decorated"; his palette is calm, and earth tones are favorites. Especially important to him is the proper integration of beautifully crafted elements such as woodwork, lighting and antiques with a "sculptural presence"-art is never far from his thoughts.
Glenn Gissler Design
155 West 19th Street, 5th Fl
New York NY 10011-4121