Meet Steven Gambrel

Angela Asparagus Interior Design and Brand Consultancy

The Preservationist

On the dedication page of his monograph, Time and Place, interior designer Steven Gambrel thanks his parents for a childhood of “flea markets, endless construction projects at home, and tours of historic villages and abandoned houses.”   New York–based Ga

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On the dedication page of his monograph, Time and Place, interior designer Steven Gambrel thanks his parents for a childhood of “flea markets, endless construction projects at home, and tours of historic villages and abandoned houses.”

New York–based Gambrel has never stopped collecting vintage flotsam. He’s bought six old Sag Harbor homes—two of them 19th-century whaling houses—and restored them with his trademark approach to punching up the past. In his hands, preservation rises to artistry. “I don’t want to design period rooms,” he says. “I like the way things become chic and modern when they’re mixed.”

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