As the youngest of six artistically inclined kids, you’d think sibling rivalry would be sure to rear its head somewhere in the life of Seattle-based designer Stefan Gulassa, but his clan is a fiercely supportive bunch. After serving as principal designer for his brother’s furniture company, the well-respected Gulassa & Company, for over 10 years, Stefan struck out with his very own brilliant, eponymous brand, crafting custom furniture, accessories, hardware, fireplaces, water features and lighting that draw from his background in graphic design, architecture and photography. It’s a wonder the man has time to spare at all, but he sat down with Luxe and gave us a little insight into his wonderfully creative world.
What’re some of your favorite places to shop?
Galen Lowe Art and Antiques and Kirk Albert Vintage Furnishings in Seattle. For the love of the treasure hunt, I also frequent Earthwise Architectural Salvage and Second Use.
Who are some people whose work you admire?
Isamu Noguchi, Constantin Brancusi, Oscar Niemeyer, Carlo Scarpa, Jean Prouvé, Pierre Chareau, and Bernd and Hilla Becher. I love when people see the beauty of editing and celebrate the simple or understated things.
What do you collect?
Lots of things: A casting I did out of burnt wood, glass, watchmaker tools, industrial brushes and a cross-section of an airplane part that an engineer mounted in rubber after it failed a stress test.
What’s your biggest influence?
My family. I am the youngest of six kids, all of us professional artists, crafts people or designers. From day one, my brothers and sisters have served as tutors of the arts.
Do you have a special keepsake?
Yes. My illustrated travel journals. They are full of artwork, photos, found art and clippings sewn in. There’s a bit of everything—from plants to fabrics, and even some porcupine quills from Burma!
What’s your philosophy?
To enjoy life fully and immerse myself in all I do. Keep focused on the quest, but dwell in the present.