Design: Glenn Gissler
Interior designer Glenn Gissler partnered with Bob Miklos of DesignLAB Architects to create this modernist blend of soft livable interiors and clean architectural lines in an iconic house on Martha’s Vineyard for longtime clients.
Gissler is no stranger to modernist interiors. He has designed several residences and showrooms for the fashion designer Michael Kors. Soft palettes, interesting materials, and midcentury accents embody his signature style, which makes him the go-to choice for a sophisticated roster of clients.
“The joy of furnishing this house, which features double height glass rooms, was being involved from footprint to finish; the challenge was to create an interior that would mirror the modernity of the architecture without falling into timeworn solutions,” says Gissler.
Cliché it is not. There is a diversity and warmth to the choice of materials that creates subtle texture without the noise. Clean lines comingle with unexpected choices of mid-century and custom furniture. The palette is one of pale earth tones: the color of sand, seashells, and stone derived from the land and seascapes of Martha’s Vineyard.
On the exterior of the sublime structure, the lines of the roof cladding stand in juxtaposition to many other horizontal and vertical elements that merge in visual harmony.
In the living room, the massive Japanese-inspired coffee table by Tucker Robbins sets the tone for rugged elegance. Towering glass walls and doors are curtained in Perennials fabric from Bostonbased Finelines. The studio sofa, designed by Thomas O’Brien for Hickory Chair, is upholstered in “Meru,” a Sunbrella fabric from Donghia. The room is anchored by a large sea grass area rug on bluestone floors and a massive dry-stack stone wall encases the fireplace. Carefully chosen mid-century furnishings introduce warm woods, and a pair of vintage armchairs by Robsjohn- Gibbings for Widdicomb hold court in the center.
At the other end of this expansive room is the dining area, which features a Gary dining table by Dennis Miller, made from antique stained planks. The custom chandelier is by Daniel Berglund. These combined spaces open onto a generously sized outdoor terrace.
A kitchen with pristine white-lacquered millwork catches the abundant natural light and expands into the adjacent sunroom where driftwood-toned wicker chairs complement the bluestone for and natural timber ceiling. The bedrooms are smartly finished and decorated in soft palettes. The house flows seamlessly from room to room, and one imagines hearing only the delicate shuffle of a slipper.