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Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse
Photography: Gross and Daley

Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse

Family Home by Glenn Gissler Design in Brooklyn, NY

Glenn Gissler designed a ‘19th Century Living Room for the 21st Century’ in the first Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse supported by some of New York’s finest antique, contemporary and fine art dealers – all from 1stdibs.

Within the existing formal architecture, the room was designed for a contemporary lifestyle. Gissler and Senior Designer Craig Strulovitz provided a luxurious seating group and a generous work area, creating a great sense of ease and grace.

The perfectly sized 19th-century carpet from Nazmiyal reinforced the history of the house. The shimmer of gold metallic bee silhouettes on the Farrow & Ball wallpaper covering the entire ceiling in this graciously-scaled living room was a hit with visitors to the showhouse.

Fantastic works of art were selected from the New York gallery Berry Campbell to create an excitingly diverse collection, including works by Judith Godwin, Larry Zox, Dan Christianson and Walter Darby Bannard.

The 1959 Judith Godwin painting pairs beautifully with the Jules Leleu modernist desk and pair of Jacques Adnet chairs. The rusted steel Marino di Teana sculpture from Maison Gerard sits proudly on a pedestal in the window.

A large-scale Dan Christiansen painting hangs above a Dmitry & Co sofa with magenta tie-dyed pillows that coordinate with the painting above.

The luminous 1958 Walter Darby Bannard painting hangs above a pair of 1930’s armchairs from Hostler Burrows, with a set of T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings tables from Karl Kemp .

A bold 1967 Larry Zox painting hangs in contrast to the 19th-century curvaceous marble fireplace surround. Extending the main seating area into the center of the room is a Vladimir Kagan sofa and a Maxine Old center table.

The massive scale and of the English Arts & Crafts armoire from Newell boldly holds one side of the room with its evocative form, and earthier finish, a counterpoint to many of the more glossy, refined elements in the room.