"Think Carefully About the Space," says Michael Gabellini on creating a true conversation space in your home

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Gabellini Sheppard Associates Founding Partner Michael Gabellini was interviewed by Mansion Global about "Creating True Conversation Areas in Your Home"

“The best conversation areas work for the people sitting in them," said Gabellini. "They should make you feel at home and at ease whether you are with company or not.

In terms of the layout, looser asymmetry works for a more casual space and creates a sense of blended eclecticism. More formal, classic layouts work best for sophisticated entertaining. This allows for comfortable sociability and character.

If your intent is to create conversation, make sure everyone can arrange and rearrange their own comfort zone and sitting position. It’s very hard to have a conversation when everyone is leaning and lost in depths of deep upholstery, so opt for sofas that lets you sit upright enough to feel comfortable without making you feel self-conscious.”

Graceful interiors inside Álvaro Siza’s & Gabellini Sheppard Associate's New York residential building revealed

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Take a first look inside Álvaro Siza’s first US building, 611 West 56th Street in New York City. The interiors by Gabellini Sheppard Associates reveal a warm, yet minimal response to Siza’s exterior architecture with clean lines, custom finishes and exposed structural elements.

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The New York Times With Álvaro Siza and Gabellini Sheppard

For the launch of the 611 W. 56th St. Sales Gallery, The New York Times discussed inspirations for the iconic high rise now in construction with its designers, Pritzker Prize Laureate Álvaro Siza and studio partners Michael Gabellini and Kimberly Sheppard.

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A first look inside Álvaro Siza’s and Gabellini Sheppard Associates' restrained yet powerful Hell’s Kitchen tower

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With the construction of Álvaro Siza’s Hell’s Kitchen tower well underway and sales expected to launch later this month, the project website and a new batch of renderings have been released, revealing new project details and a first peek at the interiors designed by Gabellini Sheppard Associates. The rising 37-story tower at 611 West 56th Street will be the Pritzker Prize-winning architect’s first high-rise in the United States and largest project to date. Unlike most other starchitect projects in NYC, it stands out for its restraint and simplicity, hallmarks of Siza’s approach to design.

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Promising Design Students Meet the Gabellini Sheppard Team

The fourth annual Be Original Americas fellowship sent two promising design students on an immersive journey to discover how authentic design comes to life. The Gabellini Sheppard studio was a stop on their trip, where the two students were able to meet and talk with members of GS's Architecture, Interior Design, 3D Visuals & Marketing Departments

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Michael Gabellini Delivers Lecture for L'Oreal's 3rd Annual Retail Design Seminar of the Americas

L'Oreal Int. invited the founding partner of Gabellini Sheppard Associates, Michael Gabellini, to New York City's Public Hotel to deliver his newest lecture, A Conversation on Design & Shopping, to the 3rd Annual Retail Design Seminar of the Americas. In it, he dives into detail about our studio's evolving design philosophy, ideals, processes and influences. If you are interested in a speaking engagement for your event, you can contact us directly for inquiries.

"Why does design matter?" is one of the core questions Gabellini explores in this exclusive presentation.


611 E 56th Street Sales Gallery Opens September 24, 2019

Co-developed by sumaida + khurana and LENY, with marketing and sales by Compass development, 611 West 56th street will contain 80 luxury residences behind its bright, monolithic, Turkish limestone façade. The building, the latest in a series of master architect collaborations, will offer one- to four-bedroom residences with expansive penthouses and duplex maisonettes featuring private terraces, all with signature detailing and crafted interiors by Gabellini Sheppard Associates and stunning architecture by Pritzker Prize-winning master architect Álvaro Siza.


The Studio Welcomes New Members

Gabellini Sheppard Associates has recently added new talents to the studio's architecture, interior design, 3D visualization and marketing teams: Steven L Soleo, Ruishu Wang, Ekaterina Melikova and Taylor Gonzalez. "I love this studio's energy and look forward to applying all my talents to the excellent work we're doing," said Gonzalez.


Gabellini Sheppard in Full Color

The latest theme on on our Instagram is color, showcasing our brightest and most captivating use of chroma and hue to date. Our studio, already known for its usage of space and light as sculptural materials, frequently finds inspiration in sophisticated color stories, which we use as accents and focal points to enrich the contemporary experience our work has to offer.


Be Original: 5 Questions with Michael Gabellini

Where do designers find inspiration? Be Original Americas asks their experienced A&D members about their creative process, favorite designs, and more. They recently chatted with Michael Gabellini.

The best advice you’ve ever gotten:
“You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, well, you just might find you get what you need.” (Mick Jagger, 1969)

Your place to get creative:
I get the most creative inspiration in our studio in New York City. Our firm’s location is like a “cockpit” of design that allows us to develop projects all over the world with a growing team of international staff that sends creative ripples outward in new directions.

Favorite iconic original design:
The humble paperclip, invented in the 1870s, and the Post-It note, invented a century later, show how simple and universal design can make an object absolutely indispensable. Amazingly, neither product has changed much since they were designed all those years ago. Improvements have been made, but the original concept remains.

Favorite new original design:
James Turrell’s massive land art project, The Roden Crater. He is transforming a 400,000-year-old, 3-mile-wide crater in Arizona into a colossal, naked-eye observatory. It’s an unbelievable life’s work—a masterpiece of original creation.

What’s your design mantra:
Keep it simple
grow yourself small.

Angelo Donghia Foundation Awards $450,000 In Design Scholarships

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The Angelo Donghia Foundation is a nonprofit created under Angelo Donghia's Will to help educate, encourage and inspire future designers. The foundation has awarded over $450,000 to seniors in baccalaureate programs in universities and schools of interior design located throughout the country. Our very own Director of Business Development & Marketing, Joel Robare, was part of the judging panel. “I really enjoyed being able to contribute to the future of some of the most talented and promising young designers in the country,” says Robare.

Alvaro Siza Speaks About His Life & Work

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World-renowned architect and Pritzker Prize laureate Alvaro Siza visited New York City to celebrate his first ever skyscraper in the states. After the festivities, he was able to sit down and speak with Paul Goldberger about his life, career and new tower, 611 West 56th Street, with interiors by Gabellini Sheppard Associates.

The XI Visionaries Gallery has won a 2019 NYCxDESIGN Award

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More than 700 guests gathered at Pier 17 in Lower Manhattan to once again celebrate the winners of the fourth annual NYCxDESIGN Awards, presented by Interior Design and ICFF. The Visionaries Gallery took top honors in the Sales Gallery category celebrating the combined efforts of The XI's collaborative team. Read more here.


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Taking place this year from May 10-22, NYCxDESIGN showcases over a dozen design disciplines through exhibitions, installations, trade shows, panels, product launches, open studios, and more across the city’s five boroughs. The NYCxDESIGN Awards honors outstanding products and projects in categories that span major areas of design, from architecture to interiors, from products to accessories, from craft to technology. Gabellini Sheppard Associates and The XI Visionaries have been named as finalists for their work on The XI Sales Gallery.

Gabellini Sheppard Associates & Tadao Ando featured in Wallpaper Magazine.

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"From the sharply cut-out reveals that outline the architectural features, imbuing a feeling of suspension, to the Dinesen oak floorboards and monolithic kitchen islands, there is no lack of showstoppers here." Read the full article here.