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Steven Gambrel: Time and Place Hardcover – April 1, 2012
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About the Author
Steven Gambrel is the founder of the New York–based design firm S.R. Gambrel Incorporated. Established in 1995, S.R. Gambrel has a fresh, innovative approach to color and form and has been widely celebrated in magazines and newspapers, including House & Garden, Elle Décor, Interior Design, Departures, the New York Times, and New York magazine. Wendy Goodman is the design editor of New York magazine, a contributing editor for Departures magazine and German and French Architectural Digest, author of Abrams’ The World of Gloria Vanderbilt, and coauthor of Abrams’ Tony Duquette. She lives in New York.
Top Customer Reviews
Interiors by Steven Gambrel are distinctive and highly original. If you like Gambrel's design vision and enjoy deconstructing the magic behind design, you will enjoy this book. Gambrel writes as articulately as he designs, and shares in his own words what informs his design.
Materials. As an University of Virginia-trained architect, Gambrel clearly has a reverence for materials which is revealed in his work. His passion for salvaging materials and using his Sag Harbor homes and West Village Townhome as design laboratories is infectious. You will want to start frequenting salvage sites looking for the odd treasure to incorporate in your home after reading this book. Slabs of marble from the Museum of Modern Art sculpture garden which floor his Sag Harbor kitchen are a sublime foundation for his creamy kitchen. Gold-gray marble from an old bank lobby warm up his master bath floor. In a client's home, a mid-century gun-metal Parisian shower surround provides panache. You can picture Gregory Peck or Jimmy Stewart sticking a wet shampooed head out of the shower and greeting you in that room.
Other innovative uses of material include using what looks like shiny black paten leather (like your childhood Sunday shoes) on a dining banquette, mixing mica dust in ceiling plaster for shimmer, and repurposing a lighthouse lens as a lantern.
Color. "A hit of lucid color" is how Gambrel describes his color choices. High gloss bottle green walls, inspired by the galleries of Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen, connect all four floors of his West Village townhome.Read more ›
Gambrel's philosophy does not seem to require that each project be a monument to himself, and it's obvious that he is able to inject the clients' personality into his projects. His quote at the beginning of the book, "Design is not just about inventing new ideas, but also about layering successful ideas inspired by traditions and shared culture" shows that he is able to appreciate and incorporate history as he creates something new and fresh. I love that he allows the important architectural elements to shine through and doesn't feel the need to 'decorate' and accessorize every little surface. Often, the use of color and/or texture is enough and that bit of restraint is a joy.
This is an excellent addition to any design enthusiast's library!
I especially love his use of texture & color - the combinations are unique & bright while still being sophisticated & timeless. I must say, you can tell he has clients of means because everything is super high-end but that's lucky for us readers, as this book is a real visual treat! The only thing missing is his autograph, but I think I would not be able to stop gushing about how much I love him if I ever met him.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Steven Gambrel is such a talent. Beautiful book to add to a coffee table vignette or bookshelf.Published 6 months ago by Kate Nolan
Large book with great quality pictures. I love to look through design books and this one does not disappoint. It is beautiful. Read morePublished on June 7, 2013 by Kate Heinen
I adore this book, and I use it quite often for inspiration. If you are looking for a wonderful compilation of Steven Gambrel's work, than this book it wonderful.Published on February 9, 2013 by MirandaPanda
I was a little disappointed that the front/back cover wasn't attached. Plus, from the small shipping box, the front cover was already wrinkled in the corners and it doesn't stay on... Read morePublished on August 9, 2012 by Heather D. Cullum