Glenn Gissler is an American interior designer, based in New York, NY. He is the president and sole proprietor of Glenn Gissler Design, Inc., and has earned widespread acclaim for residential and office projects that fuse his clients’ personalities and spatial needs with his longstanding expertise in interiors, architecture and art.
Glenn’s first client was a young fashion designer named Michael Kors for whom he has created many projects, and has designed multiple projects for a number of his clients in the business, finance and entertainment worlds. Additionally, he has worked with art collectors and art dealers, and helped many clients purchase their first works of fine art. Glenn has been an active member of the Board of the RISD Museum of Art since 2008 donating many works on paper, furniture and decorative arts and design
Glenn Gissler has been included in House Beautiful’s and New York Magazine’s “100 Top Designers” list. His work is regularly featured in leading publications, including Town & Country, Elle Decor, InStyle, House & Garden, House Beautiful, American Homestyle, Avenue, Interior Design, The New York Observer and The New York Times, as well as in numerous books.
What would you say will be future of design? Or the next big thing? The next big thing?!
More disruption – LOTS more disruption of everything
Technology has transformed our lives in countless ways – and not all for the better. Technology is a constant disruptive fact of life in the 21st century.
I feel psychological G-forces from the rapid and relentless changes in nearly every moment of every day. There is no way to really understand how our world will work in five years, nevermi9nd ten years. As designers we need to remain alert and be selective about what new gadgets, means or methods we will use to design and create projects.
What is your biggest design career moment?
Any moment of profound satisfaction is a big moment.
I love to see my projects in beautiful photographs, in publications, and on-line.
And I am moved when I receive accolades or awards from my peers, but the most important career moments are when clients experience and express genuine appreciation for the results.
What constitutes good design?
One measure for me of ‘good design’ is if it endures over time. I try to avoid trends per se, and include the history of design and art in the development of my projects, and a question I always ask myself, will this look good in ten years?
What are your strengths?
I think my greatest strengths are curiosity and passion.
I have conscientiously been ‘feeding my intuition and nurturing my passion’ for decades. In the process I have accumulated an extensive library of books, decades of profound art experiences, cultural experiences including travel – in real time, and in my mind, and more.
We would like to learn about your suggestions for the ones thinking be designer.
Read – Look – Experience – Draw – Listen
Fundamentally designing is a process of creative problem solving. Keeping your mind open to new ideas, approaches, viewpoints, and methods is essential to great design. The surface or style is really only one aspect of great design. Successful if not great design operates on so many levels such that most people aren’t even aware of the magic at hand. Creating inspiring environments is not about creating Instagram moments – rather it operates on more subtle and visceral levels of experience and understanding.