I have a bit of a personal connection to him, because I worked at Knoll for a very short stint and Gabellini was born about 20 minutes from Knoll’s headquarters in East Greenville, PA. What we read about him is that he was influenced as a child by the air of design and creativity that’s whirling about that part of the united states.
One of his mentors was Mies Van de Roh who designed the iconic Barcelona Chair.
While working at Knoll, I was able to get a discounted Barcelona Table. I LOVE this piece.
Some of Gabellini’s other mentors included Rem Koolhaus who designed our library.
Mies and Rem were connected with the Bauhaus movement, a constant topic of the Knoll kool-aid. I loved it.
Gabellini has a sculptural background, and clearly it’s his passion, because his works are quite literally sculptures.
The Jil Sanders store in Paris is quite sculptural as well Check out this staircase!
One surprising thing about Gabellini is that he designed the Bellevue Luxury Village. The drawing of the outside of the building almost looks like the Colosseum. Talk about sculptural!