“I tend to treat decorating as I do other design problems, which is to say that I like to start with details and turn them into a theme to help inform the rest of the space.”
—Scott Richler, Gabriel Scott
Gabriel Kakon and I share more than just a first name and a hometown. Him and business partner Scott Richler have a keen eye for design and a business sense that quickly propelled them to the top of the world of furniture and lighting. With backgrounds in architecture, industrial and fashion design, these two brothers-in-law launched their contemporary line GABRIEL SCOTT in 2012, and opened their first showroom in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood. Since then, their pieces have been featured in countless interiors, from the windows of Bergdorf Goodman to high-end residential projects by designers like Amanda Nisbet and ASH NYC—and even in Sarah Jessica Parker’s old townhouse in Greenwich Village. The pair split their time between Montreal and New York, where they know all the best spots, without fail. You’ll want to know exactly where Gabriel eats and Scott shops. From Le Coucou to The Line—these two know where it’s at.
Name Gabriel Kakon & Scott Richler
Occupation Co-founders, Gabriel Scott
Lives in Montreal & New York City
LET’S ESCAPE FOR A MINUTE: Gabriel
Favorite place in the world Las Brisas, Mexico holds a special place in my heart.
Favorite hotel Recently stayed at and enjoyed the very charming St Marc Hotel in Paris.
Next destination Absolutely Japan, as I have promised my dear wife Clio too many times.
Best meal you’ve ever had Recently? Mission Chinese. Incredibly original mix of traditional Chinese and traditional Eastern European. And killer ambiance.
You would travel just to visit Villa Necchi Campiglio in Milan, without hesitation.
LET’S GET PERSONAL: Scott
Astrological sign Sagittarius
Book on your nightstand Iq84 by Haruki Murakami
On your Spotify Chet Faker Radio
Cocktail of choice Monte Carlo
Who would be on your dream dinner party list Carlos Scarpa
Share one entertaining secret Always invite at least one new person to the dinner party.
Go-to host gift Diptyque scents
Bucket list item Own a piece by Pierre Soulages
LET’S TALK ABOUT YOUR CITY: Gabriel
Favorite restaurant Le Coucou in NYC by Roman and Williams is romantic & chic.
Sunday brunch Le Parvis in Montreal is one of the cities hidden gems. Great brunch, handsome crowd.
It’s cocktail hour, where are you Our dear friend Cervantes’ place The Ship, on Lafayette in Lower Manhattan. Great space, and excellent drinks.
I walk into your closet, I find pieces from… Way too many sneakers. Lots of navy blue clothes. And everything must go to the tailor before it gets to my closet.
Who’s your florist and what do you buy there? Our Nolita showroom buys local at Shu’s Flowers on Mulburry Street. Our go-to are White Orchids, White Peonies, White or Plum Calla Lillies, and Green Dianthus.
LET’S CHAT DECOR: Scott
Your style in 3 words Simple space, rich detail (4 words)
Fabric of choice Dedar velvet
Go-to bedding Tenfold
Favorite paint color Farrow & Ball Down Pipe
Go-to trade person For cabinets: Kastella in Montreal
Lighting source Ours (as in Gabriel Scott)
Decorating cheap thrill Obviously lighting.