Savvy Tastemakers: Gabriel Scott

Savvy Tastemakers: Gabriel Scott

“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.

 

THE BASICS

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

Favorite candle Tie: Diptyque OUD & Cire Trudon ‘Roi Soleil’

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.

Go-to furniture shops  Our very own GABRIEL SCOTT Nolita showroom of course! But we also love dropping by our friends at The Line, who carry an excellent selection of home goods and furniture.

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.

Savvy Tastemakers: Gabriel Scott

Menu Black Marble Clock | They New York Two-Tone Low Sneakers | Paul Kremer Painting

CC-Tapis Visioni A Rug | Cartier Vermeil Tank Watch | ASH New York Arc Stool

Savvy Tastemaker: Lilly Bunn

Savvy Tastemaker: Lilly Bunn on @SavvyHome

“Invest in quality furniture—you will love it forever!”

New York-born interior designer Lilly Bunn knows a thing or two about classic design. Having grown up in the Upper East Side, and lived in the Village for many years, her aesthetic sways between uptown and downtown—a clever mix of timeless elements with edgy accents.

When the mom of two moved back to the Upper East Side, she infused the space with pinks and reds—girls outweigh men in the house three to one, so it’s appropriate. In fact, Bunn’s playful nature prompted her to decorate the entire space for her two girls more than herself or her husband Chris. While her style is daring, it’s also 100% timeless. We tapped her expertise for all things design, and New York City! Read on for true city insights.

 

THE BASICS

Name  Lilly Bunn

Occupation  Principal, Lilly Bunn Inc.

Lives in  New York City

 

LET’S TALK ABOUT YOUR CITY

Date night restaurant Sushi of Gari

Sunday brunch  Maison Kayser. I like the truffle eggs.

It’s cocktail hour, where are you  Cognac on 71st and Lex.

I walk into your closet, I find pieces from…  Isabel Marant, Rag & Bone, Zara, COS.

Who’s your florist and what do you buy there? I usually buy flowers at my local deli or at the flower market on 28th Street. I like regular cut flowers more than “arrangements”.

 

LET’S ESCAPE FOR A MINUTE

Favorite place in the world  My apartment.

Favorite hotel  The Mark, New York City

Next destination  Croatia

Best meal you’ve ever had  Kimchi Stew at Momofuku

Bucket list item  Get my MFA from RISD.

 

LET’S GET PERSONAL

Astrological sign  Pisces

Favorite candle  Rigaud Paris

Book on your nightstand  The Nightingale

On your Spotify  Ellie Goulding, Taylor Swift, Beach House.

Cocktail of choice  Margarita

Who would be on your dream dinner party list  Mick Jagger, Pope Francis, Jacques Grange, Martha Stewart, Taylor Swift, Hillary Clinton.

Share one entertaining secret  Don’t hire a cook. Learn how to make one thing really well (even if you’re not a great cook)!

 

LET’S CHAT DECOR

Your style in 3 words  Fashionable, pragmatic, good.

Fabric of choice  Sheepskin

Go-to bedding  D. Porthault

Favorite paint color  Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White

Go-to trade person  Profiles

Lighting source  Remains and Urban Electric

Decorating cheap thrill  Discounts!

Savvy Tastemaker: Lilly Bunn on @SavvyHome

 

Fritz hansen Ro Lounge Chair | Walton Ford Pancha Tantra Collectors Edition | McCoy Sculpted Figure Lamp

Yves Klein Table Rose | Eve Kaplan Gilded and Glazed Ceramic Mirror | Rick Schaefer Elephant

 

Photo: Lesley Unruh via One Kings Lane, design by Lilly Bunn

Savvy Tastemaker: Vicki and Rich Fulop of Brooklinen

Savvy Tastemakers: Vicki and Rich Fulop of Brooklinen

 

“Crisp and classic, these sheets are a sure fire hit with the guys and the gals.”

—Refinery29

A few weeks ago I received a set of Brooklinen Bedford Navy Stripes Luxe Sheets in the mail. I was initially intrigued by the brand after Will Nathan mentioned it in his Savvy Tastemaker interview—the clever name and the blue and white striped bedding was enough for me to give them a test run. I love how crisp and buttery-smooth they are!

I was such a fan of their quirky cool brand, that I reached out to the co-founders, Vicki and Rich to be part of the Savvy Tastemaker series. Read on for everything bedding and Brooklyn. 

 

THE BASICS

Name  Vicki and Rich Fulop

Occupation  Cofounders, Brooklinen

Lives in  New York City

 

LET’S TALK ABOUT YOUR CITY

Favorite restaurant Vicki: Perla / Rich: Barbuto

Sunday brunch  Bubby’s Tribeca

It’s cocktail hour, where are you  The Garret

I walk into your closet, I find pieces from…  VF: Rag & Bone, Reformation, Topshop / RF: Asos, Everlane, J.Crew

Who’s your florist and what do you buy there?  The deli downstairs or farmer’s market for every day… but for something special: Emily Thompson Flowers on Beekman. Her bouquets are one-of-a-kind.

 

LET’S ESCAPE FOR A MINUTE

Favorite place in the world  VF: Paris / RF: Hawaii

Favorite hotel  RF: Tabard Inn, Washington DC

Next destination  Thailand and Cambodia

Best meal you’ve ever had  VF: Thanksgiving dinner at mom and dad’s house / RF: Bestia, LA

You would travel just to visit  Hanalei Bay in Kuaui

Bucket list item  VF: Learn how to fly a plane / RF: Climb Everest

 

LET’S GET PERSONAL

Astrological sign  VF: Taurus / RF: Virgo

Favorite candle  Brooklinen Heirloom (smells like a tomato garden)

Book on your nightstand  VF: M Train, Patti Smith / RF: Soccernomics

On your Spotify  VF: The Teen Party Playlist (my secret is out now, haha) / RF: Cut Copy

Cocktail of choice  VF: Paloma / RF: Beer

If you had to change your career to be anything, what would you be  VF: Actor / RF: Professional Athlete

Who would be on your dream dinner party list  VF: Keith Richards, Diana Vreeland, Steve Jobs, Andy Cohen, Nostradamus, Amy Sedaris, and Rich

Share one entertaining secret  Keep the lighting soft, the booze flowing, and pace the music to the flow of the night

 

LET’S CHAT DECOR

Your style in 3 words  VF: Masculine Feminine Chic / RF: Man Cave Modern

Fabric of choice  Cotton

Go-to bedding Brooklinen

Favorite paint color  A cool gray

Go-to trade person  Will Nathan, Homepolish

Lighting source  West Elm

Decorating cheap thrill  Plants!

 

 

Commune: Designed in CaliforniaCarven Marble Embossed Skirt | The Arrivals Rainier Leather Moto Jacket

Stella McCartney Platform Brogues | Barbie and Ken Headstands Print | Mud Australia Ceramic Carafes

 

Photos: Courtesy of Brooklinen

Savvy Tastemaker: Meet Will Nathan, Co-Founder of Homepolish

Savvy Tastemaker: Will Nathan, Co-Founder of Homepolish • on @SavvyHome

 

I had the chance to tour the Homepolish offices a few weeks ago, and chat with the team about how far they’ve come in the last 2.5 years (spoiler alert: really really far)! Here is part 2 of the Homepolish co-founder Savvy Tastemaker series.

 

Savvy Tastemaker: Will Nathan, Co-Founder of Homepolish • on @SavvyHome

Savvy Tastemaker: Will Nathan, Co-Founder of Homepolish • on @SavvyHome

Will Nathan is a true modern man: co-founder of a successful home decor startup, frequent Mr Porter shopper, and avid connoisseur of the finer things in life: from buffalo wings to white peonies.

Self-described as a chic mountain man, he’s halfway into reading Time’s top 100 novels of all time. He shares truly invaluable entertaining secrets and—judging from his fascinating dream dinner party guest list—his parties are not ones you’d want to miss.

Want to know more? Read on below and get your notebooks out because you might want to add to your list of cool NYC spots!

 

THE BASICS

Name  Will Nathan

Occupation  Co-Founder & Chairman at Homepolish

Lives in  Chelsea, New York City

 

LET’S TALK ABOUT YOUR CITY

Favorite restaurant The Fat Radish

Sunday brunch  Russ & Daughters Cafe

It’s cocktail hour, where are you  Bo’s

Go-to shops  Odin, Kaufmann Mercantile, Olde Good Things, Mr Porter

I walk into your closet, I find pieces from…  Rag & Bone, Jack Spade, Alex Mill, S.K.U., A.P.C.

Who’s your florist and what do you buy there?  J. Gilbert Studios, pure white peonies

 

LET’S ESCAPE FOR A MINUTE

Favorite place in the world  Puerto Escondido, Mexico (where my uncle and aunt live for most of the year)

Favorite hotel  The Dean in Providence, RI

Next destination  Buffalo, NY for the National Buffalo Wing Festival (and the architecture — Frederick Law Olmsted parks + buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright and Daniel Burnham)

Best meal you’ve ever had  Seared rare burger at King James Public House in Asheville, North Carolina

You would travel just to visit  Kakslauttanen Artic Resort in Finland to see the aurora borealis

Bucket list item  Reading Time’s Top 100 Novels

 

LET’S GET PERSONAL

Astrological sign  Capricorn

Favorite candle  Diptyque

Book on your nightstand  The Golden Notebook (46 down, 54 to go)

On your Spotify  The Warmth of the Sun (The Beach Boys), Don’t give Up (Washed Out),  Suburban Dogs (Real Estate), Carmensita (Davendra Banhart), Time of Dark (tUnE-yArDs), The Logical Song (Supertramp), The Vigour (Alpine), La Forêt (Lescop)

Cocktail of choice  Johnnie & Ginger

If you had to change your career to be anything, what would you be  Artist

Who would be on your dream dinner party list  Marie-Josée Kravis, Danny Meyer, Gordon Segal, Zhang Lei, Natalie Massenet, William Kentridge

Share one entertaining secret  Make the playlist mirror the arch of the event

 

LET’S CHAT DECOR

Your style in 3 words  Mountain Man Chic

Fabric of choice  Distressed leather

Go-to bedding  Brooklinen

Favorite paint color  SW 6510 (Loyal Blue)

Go-to trade person  PaintZen

Lighting source  Schoolhouse Electric

Decorating cheap thrill  A Meteorite

 

Savvy Tastemaker: Will Nathan, Co-Founder of Homepolish • on @SavvyHome

 

Josef Albers ‘Fenced’Mourne Textiles Wool Throw | St. Frank Indigo Dyed Pillow

DwellStudio Chester Leather Sofa | Audubon’s Birds of America | Velvet Lyre Chesterfield Armchair

 

Photography c/o Homepolish.