Trained as an architect, Steven Gambrel has never forgotten the importance of scale, proportion, and light. Those fundamentals—learned while studying everything from Palladian villas to the soaring Turbine Hall of London’s Tate Modern—are deployed by the designer in dashing yet grounded interiors that brim with character.
A daring colorist, he’s unafraid to use bright pinks, emerald-greens, deep grays, and cerulean blues. Pieces wrought in shimmering lacquer, tactile surfaces (supershiny or rugged matte), and conversation-starting antique and vintage furniture mingle with his own signature upholstered creations in rooms that evoke the panache of earlier eras while never ignoring the needs of modern-day life.
Signature elements include sculptural lights (he created a collection for the Urban Electric Co.), robust millwork and hardware, and bold tiles, which are balanced with refined touches such as silver leafing, silk upholstery, and brass accents.
Comfortable custom-upholstered furnishings, meanwhile, are deftly matched with uncommon vintage finds. Gambrel’s inviting rooms, highlighted in Steven Gambrel: Time and Place (Abrams, 2012), make you want to sink into your surroundings.