231 – Glenn Gissler: From Milwaukee to Manhattan

Welcome to The Lounge! Today, Nick is joined by Glenn Gissler. He’s the founder and principal of Glenn Gissler Design, a luxury residential design firm. On the podcast, Nick and Glenn discuss Glenn’s education, how he got his start in the industry, and what his firm looks like today. Plus, we give you a sneak peak at our brand new podcast The Student Lounge. Read on for more information about Glenn, The Student Lounge, and what The Chaise Lounge has been up to!

Background

Glenn grew up in America’s Midwest in a small suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He considers it an advantage to be from the Midwest because of how “regular” it is, and he admires simple values. The lack of entitlement in his childhood is something that he finds extremely advantageous in his career as a luxury residential designer.

Education

Glenn’s education was somewhat unconventional and a key component in making him the designer he is today. Rather than the expected four, Glenn was in college for about seven years. He spent his first two years at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he took a large array of classes and almost majored in sociology. After realizing that the University of Wisconsin was not for him, he joined a work-study program in Boston called Boston Architectural Center (now College). During the program, he worked for architects during the day and took classes at night. After two years, he found that the program was not for him. He then transferred a final time to the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) where he studied architecture and received his degree!

Getting Started

After graduating from RISD, Glenn began working for Juan Montoya, where he stayed for two years. After leaving Juan, Glenn went to work for another notable Latin American designer, Rafael Viñoly, to set up their design showroom.  He stayed with Rafael for another two years until he was asked to design Michael Kors’ first showroom, a 10,000 sq. ft space with a budget of $250,000. He quit his job and opened his own small office in 1987. Two weeks later, though, Black Monday sent shock waves through the economy.

Glenn Gissler Design

Glenn weathered the economic downturn — and several more! Today, the office is made up of four staffers who approach interior design in a very broad sense. The firm covers everything from architectural design all the way down to art advising. After many years of working with his lead designer they have developed a well-oiled and efficient method of work. However, they choose not to take on too many clients. On the interior side of the firm, Glenn and his team focus more on layout, furnishings, budget, and design context. They also have a focus on what Glenn calls “architectural corrections.” Some projects also call for them to act as design directors, including overseeing landscape design.

Learn more about Glenn at www.gissler.com!

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Wrap Up

If you would like to hear more episodes, please visit us on iTunes or on our website at TheChaiseLoungePodcast.com. Lastly, find The Chaise Lounge on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter or post a review on iTunes, you may even hear your review read live on our next podcast. With that said keep dreaming big, and keep designing a great design business. See ya!

About the Author
Grant is diving into the world of podcasting and interior design as an audio editor, blogger, copy editor and marketing content creator. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Grant has lived on the Front Range for five years and is a political scientist by training but journalist by craft, contributing to newspapers and media outlets in Boulder and Denver. He’s written on a wide range of subjects, including street racing in Denver, animal rights activists that steal chickens slated for slaughter and a mailman who is terrified of dogs. When not spreading the word about the world of interior design, Grant writes fiction and non-fiction, plays music in bars across Denver, and hikes Colorado’s toughest mountains.

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