i love doing these interviews with designers i admire, and i’m so excited to do one with steven gambrel.

steven’s work is amazing, i really don’t know how else to say it- so unique, so relevant, so clearly his. i love how he uses color especially when he lacquers a room. everything he does feels modern and cool, however, there is a timeless quality. the importance of architecture is really what makes his spaces unique, you can see it in every project.

he really understands scale and drama. i love his use of unique objects and accessories, and of course, he knows how showcase a lighting fixture. his work is strong, unique, very all-american, and i think he loves blue as much as i do.

i hope you enjoy part 1 of my interview with steven as much as i have. i’ve mixed in a few of my favorite projects by steven. take a close look, take in every detail, like i said, it’s amazing- i really don’t know how else to say it! enjoy!


MDS- How would you define your style?

SG- Clean, classic American sensibility mixed with vintage from world travels.



MDS- Where did you grow up and how do you think that influences your work?

SG- I grew up in Virginia and as a result I have an interest in Colonial American architecture that finds its way into almost all of my work in some way.

American Colonial – Gunston Hall



MDS- If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?

SG- Renovating old  houses and living in the countryside.

Old Westbury, New York, Project



MDS- Who or what is inspiring you right now?

SG- A recent trip to Ireland has me constantly thinking Irish Georgian architecture.

Irish Georgian Architecture



MDS- What is the favorite room in your home?

SG- A moody black library inspired by a Dutch painting.  I covered the walls in burlap and had it painted a rich high gloss black.

Dutch Painting- Vermeer



MDS- Is there anything you obsessively collect?

SG- Japanese and Danish bronzes.

Danish Bronze



MDS- Fill in the blank: “I could never own too many ____________ .”

SG- Architectural history books.

West Village Project



MDS- If you could decorate anyone’s house- who’s would it be and why?

SG- I’ve always fantasized about a rambling English country estate.

East Hampton Project



MDS- What do you want to be known for?

SG- Timeless American Architecture and Decoration.

Bridgehampton Beach House Project



MDS- What do you think is chic, stylish and glamorous?

SG- Hinckley boats, made in Maine, are beautiful, classic, and functional.

Hinckley Boats


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