MEET THE DESIGNER
AN ARTIST, INTERIOR DESIGNER AND
PRODUCT DESIGNER SOUNDS OFF ON
WHAT INSPIRES HIM MOST
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Where do you go when you need inspiration? Oregon. My family has a farm there and I have a cabin and art studio on the property. So I go paint. I love the environment in small doses. Of all your past projects, which has been your favorite to work on? That is hard! So many are based on my clients and the relationships we've established. I think one would be our project current in Greenwich. We had the pleasure of working with Shope Reno Wharton. The fun I have during the process with the clients is the best. Are there any new design trends that you're excited about? I am not big on trends. I am much more about contemporary classicism—referencing the past but updating it with a variety of textures that enhance the architecture or essence of the vision we are trying to achieve. I do love that technology has made it so you can have all the bells and whistles without the presence of speakers, equipment, etc.
If you could choose three people, living or deceased, to spend a day with, who would you choose? Michelangelo, Andy Warhol and Louis XV. Is there a 'Gary Gibson' signature design element? Tough one! I think it's that the client ends up with a home that is representative of them with the influence of Gibson—I guess you could say user friendly, not overly decorated. If you were an ice cream flavor, which would you be and why? Rocky Road—I love chocolate. And I love the different textures that it has, with the nuts and marshmallows; it's like artwork, rich with color and lots of textures.
Does your home feature much furniture from your own collection? For the longest time, it did not! But recently I have put in several pieces, which include a Buick Sofa in amazing Larsen silk velvet. I am greatly inspired by the '30 and '40s, so the furniture and found objects all relate well. It's all about great patina. What does every home need? A new kitchen. My kitchen is on my to-do list for 2010. What advice can you give to new designers? Learn your craft and resources well—that should be the given. I also find that psychology goes a long way: knowing your client and listening to them. They may not know what they want, but listen and interpret for them.
Do you have any upcoming projects that you are excited about? The unknown is probably the most exciting; you never know where your next job is going to come from. I think it is actually sometimes the relationship you establish with clients and people that makes the projects come to you.