Much like the fashion industry, Gabby’s design team follows a very fast-paced, creative and oftentimes, experimental process when coming up with new ideas for our range of transitional, eclectic and antique-style furniture and décor. As such, we sometimes find that while a hand-sketch or CAD drawing of a particular design may look good on paper, the first sample we see in the factory either isn’t quite what we had in mind in terms of appearance, was not built exactly to scale or that the piece has a structural or stability issue we didn’t anticipate. When we discover these issues, we work off the fly until we find a solution that works.
In some instances, all we need to do is turn, twist, flip or rotate a piece until we find what works. For instance, we’ve used this method with some of our tables with metal bases. Upon seeing the samples in the factory, we noticed they looked a bit off, but by flipping the bases upside down, the result was a more visually balanced and aesthetically pleasing design.
Other times, we realize that a design’s scale was not drawn correctly or that one of the materials selected may be too heavy for the piece’s support system, which can result in stability issues, such as racking. It takes quick yet creative thinking to add the necessary structural support without taking away from the initial look and feel of the piece. A great example of this is our Highland Table. The intersecting lines were a result of our work in the factory to improve the piece from a structural standpoint, while also enhancing the table’s look and feel.
The Reese Side Table offers a similar silhouette, yet is quite distinctive with its faux gray fish scale tabletop and an antique nickel finish on the base.
In other cases, it all comes down to the materials or finish of the piece at hand and whether it creates the desired look. Gabby only works with nimble suppliers that are creative and willing to source unique materials and finishes. This allows us to stay ahead of the curve and incorporate the latest trends into our designs. Right now, we’re exploring a variety of new possibilities with materials and finishes like concrete alternatives, petrified wood, stone, glass, églomisé and more.
Many of our best designs are the result of an initial design that wasn’t quite right, but with a bit of ingenuity and Gabby’s experimental design process, was turned into something truly beautiful with an interesting story behind it. Take a look at the Gabby catalog here on our website to explore the many pieces that will help tell your client’s story with style.