Gazing at the delicate brass and coloured-glass modular compositions of the ‘Luna’ chandelier, or the elegantly tapered silhouettes of the ‘Boudoir’ loveseat and chair,, it’s no surprise to learn that one half of creative duo Gabriel Scott segued from fashion and jewellery to lighting and furniture design. The Canadian brand takes its name from Montreal-based brothers-in-law Scott Richler and Gabriel Kakon, who joined forces in 2012 following the latter’s graduation in architecture and industrial design. ‘I married his sister and together we started the fashion brand Jennifer Scott, but having studied architecture, I wanted to return to that. I guess I went from Jennifer to Gabriel,’ says Richler.
In recent years, some of the most innovative lighting designs have shone from the US and Canada in the form of sculptural handcrafted pieces by the likes of Bocci, Lindsey Adelman, Bec Brittain, Roll & Hill, and Apparatus. And Richler knows he’s in good company: ‘We launched at ICFF during an exciting time. There was a shake-up of the old guard of North American design, with pioneers offering something more cutting edge.’ They swiftly followed up with a New York showroom in 2014 and now the pair are set to debut in the UK, opening an understated gallery-like space in London’s Mayfair.
Like other avant-garde lighting designers, Gabriel Scott has focused on modularity, with its endless possibilities appealing to the imaginations of architects and designers alike. ‘The objective was to get people excited; they can be involved in the specifications and development of the piece,’ says Richler, who describes himself as the ‘firestarter’ of the partnership, with Kakon the ‘editor’. Its success in lighting – Gabriel Scott has worked with the Four Seasons, Cartier, Aquazzura and Louis Vuitton – is remarkable, considering Richler couldn’t even wire a light to begin with. And today, the pair produce their own LEDs and diffusers to ensure a warm, flattering hue.
Their inspiration comes from geometry, nature and chemistry, with the octahedron-based ‘Welles’ range being the first hit – although it looks to be usurped by this year’s more ethereal ‘Luna’ collection. ‘I explore things from a material perspective or geometry,’ says Richler. ‘I’m interested in what more we can do with glass and how it can be combined with metal. Right now, it’s about very simple fixtures and stripping it back.’ Keeping it in the family, Richler is relocating to London with his wife and three children for this next chapter in the brand’s evolution. gabriel-scott.com
This article first appeared in ELLE Decoration October 2019
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