5 swoon worthy things: Gabriel Scott
By Natalie Goel
With their gleaming, geometric and faceted forms, Gabriel Scott furniture and lighting are the home equivalents of exquisite modern jewelry. The design firm’s founders, Canadian brothers-in-law Gabriel Kakon and Scott Richler, have backgrounds in architecture, industrial design and fashion design, and it certainly shows. You know the fluttery feeling you get when you see elegant earrings and necklaces, dripping with gemstones? That’s exactly our experience when we behold Gabriel Scott’s industrial-luxe creations. In them, steel is combined with materials like warm metals and chain or acts as a kind of bezel housing precious-stone-shaped blown glass. Here, the dynamic design duo lets us in on five items currently catching their elevated eye and talks trends, techniques and more.
NAMES: Gabriel Kakon & Scott Richler
PROFESSION: Designers and Founders of Gabriel Scott
HOME BASE: Montreal & NYC
ENDLESSLY OBSESSED WITH: REALLY good design.
DESIGN PHILOSOPHY: Keep it chic!
YOUR AESTHETIC IN THREE WORDS: Elegant, bold, smart
BRIEFLY, HOW YOU CAME TO DO WHAT YOU DO: Both coming from worlds of architecture, we quickly found that furniture and lighting design allowed us to express our creativity without many of the obligations and limitations commonly associated to an architectural practice. Our work also sees no geographical boundaries, as we currently work with clients and projects from all over the world.
YOU’RE BROTHERS-IN-LAW! HOW DID YOU DECIDE TO WORK TOGETHER? Our fathers made us do it… Really, it was just a perfect fit with compatibility and timing. We tend to share very complementary views on design and business strategy.
BIGGEST SOURCE OF INSPIRATION? Our biggest source of inspiration is jewelry and architecture.
BRIEF OVERVIEW OF YOUR DESIGN PROCESS? Our designs process is very collaborative. The direction starts with us (Gabriel & Scott), then we see what our clientele and our collection is seeking. The development course is very harmonious and includes our incredible studio team. We spend months going through rigorous prototyping and R&D processes. We work to get each new product just right in order to fit our aesthetic, design-philosophy and our local production means.
HAVE JEWELRY AND GEMSTONE FORMS ALWAYS PLAYED A MAJOR ROLE IN YOUR WORK? Yes, Scott’s background in jewelry-design is a big source of inspiration and plays an important role in our creative process. Furniture and lighting share a longevity and appreciation that is similar to jewelry. For many, it is an investment, and so the sensitivity required to make it special or precious is something that comes naturally to us.
ANY FAVORITE TECHNIQUES OR MATERIALS? Laser-cut and bent metals, various stones or marbles, and particularly blown glass, such as our signature “double-blown” glass.
DESIGN TREND YOU LOVE? The desire of today’s young makers to manufacture locally and be part of a meaningful process of design and production, and ensuring a special and quality product for its end user.
ONE YOU WISH WOULD GO AWAY? Counterfeits and cheap knock off. The complete antithesis of the description above.
COLOR OR NEUTRAL? Neutral colors!
WHEN NO ONE IS HOME BUT ME… I edit short films. (Gabriel)
YOU WILL NEVER SEE an empty vase IN MY HOME.
I SAVE ON bottled water. I SPLURGE ON alcohol. (Scott)
WHAT’S ON THE HORIZON FOR GABRIEL SCOTT? We’re putting the finishing touches on our new lighting collection to debut this April in Milan. Although it’s tough to choose a favorite, we are particularly excited about a picture-light concept we’re designing. The picture-light is a category that we feel has been somewhat forgotten in the lighting world. Even though its true purpose is to fade away completely, we’re flipping its original intent to bring attention to its elegant and functional source of light.