Steven Gambrel, friend and influential interior designer, is trained as an architect and brings a skilled eye for architectural details and a deliberate approach to composition in every room he creates. His interiors are stunning and feature his signature mix of modern and traditional, expertly layered with texture, color, objects and anything that captivates his eye. He finds beauty in old things, from weathered painted doors to hardware, and repurposes them in unexpected places for that remarkable added patina. His new book, STEVEN GAMBREL: TIME AND PLACE demonstrates his commitment to authenticity, his passion for salvage yards, and his keen eye for proportion and scale.
Steven is respectful of the history in old houses and embraces the qualities from the time when the building was constructed. He looks for visual clues and social traditions of a specific place to retain the original character of a building. His training as a architect and his extensive travels inform his work. He eagerly reconfigures a space or door location particularly to allow natural light to flow through. He then infuses the rooms with rich and deeply saturated color schemes including lacquered walls with tones of amber and gold tempered with gray and icy platinum. He likes the contradiction of super saturated color and an alternately serene one.
Whether imagining kitchens or bathrooms, living rooms or libraries, there is no detail too small to be overlooked. Details such as nail heads, patined slabs of stone for walls or floors, wood and paint finishes and tones, and custom furniture–all layered with beautiful art and objects–make Steven’s work worthy of his recognition in the AD100.