Noted by Domino Magazine as one of the "10 Designers to Watch", San Francisco based designer, Grant Gibson seems to be popping up everywhere these days.
With his recent and notable feature in the New York Times ( and a plethora of other shelter magazines ), a thriving interior design business, a popular design blog and several San Francisco Show Houses under his belt, this designer is certainly one to watch.
Refreshingly humble and generous in his attitude and approach, Gibson sits with us and discusses how it all started for him, his approach to design and clients and how he feeds the buzz.
I also enjoyed: "some people don't feel confident enough to pick out their own towels ..." He's talking about me although I did pick one throw pillow that we actually use. At least I've got that going for me.
It was so great to chat with you (and we could have gone on for hours!)
Thank you to everyone who listens to me go on and on for and hour too (you are brave!)
You did it again - you introduced me to another great, giving me a glimpse into him as a person as well as a designer. Overall, I found Grant utterly inspiring - I love that he "Took a Chance" and put himself out there at a Show House before he was an "established" designer. It just goes to show that believer in yourself (and being willing to do the work) pays off!
Just the inspiration I needed on this cold, dreary January afternoon.
All the best,
Thanks for the focus on this designer.
Why oh why can't more designers be so humble. I've had two experiences with designers in this small coastal town where I currently and unfortunately reside.
The first was with a somewhat high-end design/furniture
store (and remember, this ain't SF, or NY). I stopped in to inquire about design services and explained what I needed and that I would want to save where I could, such as, on curtain rods accessories.... The owner overheard the conversation and quipped "this isn't Pottery Barn!" I felt so embarrassed and wanted to crawl under a table- almost burst into tears- want to now as I write this.
The next experience was with a local designer whose style I love. She wasn't interested in seeing magazine photos of rooms that I like (or don't like) and when I suggested, for instance, that I like tortoise shell blinds, she immediately said she doesn't like them. Sea grass sheds too much, only natural stone countertops, honed black granite looks too chalky- you name it, she didn't like any of my ideas or suggestions. Kitchen knobs chosen cost us $800.00. Seems to me there could have been a less expensive alternative, but those are the kinds of decisions I just can't seem to make on my own. I have a whole house to decorate and the bank account isn't what it was before the economy tanked.
Grant gets it. He's not and I hope he never will be too hoity toity to understand that everyone needs help and things like picking paint colors are not above him.
So here I sit, desperate for help, but....
What a wonderful interview. Thanks you guys! I post regularly but, today, just in case, it will be anonymously.
his aesthetic is insanely beautiful... i absolutely LOVE his work.
was awesome to hear how he did the showhouse..
So happy for him & know he'll go far... but already has!!!
Best to all!
Renata Gross _ RG Art & Design
I love his approach, which reminds me of my own, especially his idea of not growing over a certain limit! I so agree with it personally!
There is so much one can do for others on a smaller scale!
Simply lovely interview!