Gabellini Sheppard Associates fuses experience and function to create innovative spaces of elevated simplicity.
The work of New York-based firm Gabellini Sheppard Associates, founded in 1991, is distinguished by its sculptural finesse with the elements of space, light, and materials. Mediating between needs and desires, the firm designs each environment as a frame through which perception is heightened and the quality of experience enhanced. Profound simplicity results from a careful process of editing and layering that intensifies rather than subtracts. Innovative detailing and signature elements create a sense of curious wonder, inspiring clients and the public alike.
Organized as a multi-disciplinary studio for architectural and interior design, its team of versatile, cosmopolitan professionals contributes diverse skills, languages, and cultural fluencies to each project they touch. Embedded within the team’s holistic practices are sustainable design principles and a collaborative approach to problem-solving that is responsive to client and context.
Design partners Michael Gabellini & Kimberly Sheppard have led the firm to earn over 60 honors and awards from organizations including the American Institute of Architects, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, Progressive Architecture, the Municipal Art Society of New York, and the International Interior Design Association, as well as editorial features in numerous design publications.
The firm brings its design expertise and passion to projects of many types and scales, from urban and commercial master plans to residential, hospitality, retail, public spaces, exhibitions and furniture design. Residential and Hospitality Design.
Gabellini Sheppard Associates has built an acclaimed portfolio of residences, hotels, restaurants, and resorts, conceived as finely crafted backdrops to enhance the life and style of the people that inspire their design. Whether a private residence for a young growing family or a condominium tower with resort-like amenities, functionality is enhanced through careful understanding of daily activities while refinements in architecture and signature detailing allow for a heightened sense of presence and spatial perception. Retail Design and Brand Development.
Gabellini Sheppard Associates has conceived and implemented large-scale retail developments as well as signature boutiques, showrooms, and corporate offices for clients worldwide. Renowned for its international collaborations with fashion designers like Jil Sander, Giorgio Armani, Salvatore Ferragamo, David Yurman and many others, the firm translates brand identity into “Spatial Branding,” Gabellini Sheppard Associates signature approach to creating high-performance retail, office, and lifestyle spaces uniquely suited to the brands it helps to develop. The firm’s extensive experience in implementing projects in North America, Europe, and Asia enables it to provide architectural and interior design expertise as well as strategic guidance in all aspects of design including master planning and redevelopment initiatives. Gallery and Exhibition Design.
Michael Gabellini’s expertise and passion for contemporary art, as well as frequent collaborations with influential artists, has led the firm to design and facilitate exhibitions for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Florence Art and Fashion Biennale, the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Swarovski Crystal Palace, and the Council of Fashion Designers of America. The firm has also designed dynamic and contemporary art galleries in New York for the Marian Goodman Gallery, Anthony Grant, and Casey Kaplan, among others. Preservation and Adaptive Reuse.
Through historic preservation, renovation, and adaptive reuse projects around the world, Gabellini Sheppard Associates has demonstrated its ability to breathe new life into iconic landmark structures, creating a dialogue between old and new. The partners cultivate the practice of “Design Memory,” burnishing the legacy of historic buildings while bringing them into new conformance requirements with innovative functionality that respects the cultural practices and public use for which they are intended.