“I love reading my clients, learning what is going to help them live fuller, work faster, realize a dream. It’s about giving them the proper tools, the optimal setting.”
Steven Gambrel of S.R. Gambrel Inc. creates interiors that are simultaneously familiar yet unexpected. The firm works within the parameters that the function of any space—whether it is a sleek, polished apartment or a relaxed country house—should feel like it comes from a local vernacular and yet creates an environment that’s particular to the client and the place.
S.R. Gambrel Inc., reflects this theory in its totality. For his own offices, Gambrel transformed a former West Village cabaret into a studio, where the firm works on architectural and interior design projects as well as product and furnishing lines. Customized and unique elements are a key part of the shared aesthetic. S.R. Gambrel culls visual inspiration from the classics and adds a unique perspective to make designs relevant for a modern clientele. The result is a timeless look; fresh and unexpected and designed to improve with age. S.R. Gambrel provides a multidisciplinary approach to interior design and architectural detail, focusing on the details such as carefully proportioned millwork, custom hardware, authentic finishes, and an unexpected color story often richly saturated to contrast with muted palettes. A careful attention to scale.
S.R. Gambrel, Inc. was founded in 1996, and promptly attracted a devoted and diverse clientele of informed design aficionados. Current projects are located in Manhattan, Long Island, Zurich and Hong Kong. In addition to these residential projects, the firm is in the process of designing two commercial spaces, the Huffington Post Media Group and offices for a financial services firm. Gambrel was recently featured as the sole designer for the Town and Country Showhouse at the Setai Fifth Avenue Hotel in Manhattan.
Gambrel’s work is consistently featured in the world’s leading publications, including World of Interiors, Town and Country, House Beautiful, the New York Times, and Elle Décor. In 2010, Steven was named to Elle Décor’s “A List”; chosen as one of 25 “authentic tastemakers in the U.S. whose rooms reflect… style, serious comfort, snappy ideas and whose innovative approach to the art of decoration will be studied for generations.”
S.R. Gambrel is developing a custom lighting line with the Urban Electric Company and has established a partnership with Waterworks known as Grove Brickworks. Abrams will publish Gambrel’s inaugural book on lifestyle and design in the spring of 2012. Gambrel was trained as an architect at the University of Virginia.
DESIGN FOR THE ART LOVER
INDULGE IN GREAT DESIGN: GORGEOUS GUEST ROOMS
INDULGE IN GREAT DESIGN: STAIRCASES FOR THE MODERN HOME
DERING HALL AT HOUSING WORKS’ DESIGN ON A DIME BENEFIT
STEVEN GAMBREL Q&A
HOUSE BEAUTIFUL: 10 ROOMS THAT MAKE US GREEN WITH ENVY
STEVEN GAMBREL & THE URBAN ELECTRIC CO.
IN THE DETAILS: BEAUTIFUL FLOORS
ROOMS WITH A VIEW
DH SHOPPING WITH TOM STRINGER
DH SHOPPING WITH INTÉRIEURS
DH SHOPPING WITH CHRIS BARRETT
DH SHOPPING WITH STUDIO VAN DEN AKKER
DH SHOPPING WITH TAMARA MAGEL
DH SHOPPING WITH BAMO
STEVEN GAMBREL Q&A
STEVEN GAMBREL’S PLAZA PIED-A-TERRE
STEVEN GAMBREL’S SAG HARBOR HOME
- What’s your go-to classic color choice?
- Steely Grey
- Is there a hotel that’s most inspired your work while traveling?
- Hotel Costes in Paris
- Which pieces of technology do you use to document design inspiration?
- I travel with my tape measure, sketchbook and Canon G12 camera.
- Where do you go to spot new style?
- The streets of Paris
- Do you have a favorite restaurant (for the design and the food, of course)?
- Buvette, West Village, New York
- What’s your favorite small museum in the world?
- Viscaya, Miami
- How do you usually start your weekend?
- With a frisbee, my dog, and a good cup of coffee.
- Who or what is your biggest design influence?
- Sag Harbor, New York
- How do you keep it all together?
- Trays of varying sizes, labeled boxes and monogrammed canvas bags
- Design a garden: groomed or freestyle?
- I prefer waves of boxwood over clipped hedges.