An eccentric design personality, Clarence Gabriel relies on instinct, not formal training, to create bold, textural and graphic interior and furniture designs. Born and raised in Los Angeles’ suburbs, Clarence’s aesthetic is influenced by urban city living, historic architecture, bold color and grittiness found in street and pop art.
Modular | Geometry, Clarence’s inaugural collection of upholstered furniture and accessories, embodies geometric shapes, bold pattern and proportions that will suit and define any setting, from the essential and rigorous to the multifarious and eclectic décor.
What Does Black History Month Mean To You This Year?
I feel like the universe has been preparing me to answer this question for the last year. I almost don’t know where to begin. Though, what resonates at the forefront of my consciousness is the ability to define my own destiny and fulfill my deep desires. That is what this year’s Black History Month means to me. I have found my personal well of happiness in the work I choose to do because of the sacrifices of those who have come before me.
When I reflect on the legacy of great activists in this country, I know that I cannot merely exist or just get through the day. Quite the contrary, I believe they shed sweat, blood and tears so that we cold cultivate in ourselves, the seeds of desire waiting to be touched by intention.
What Is On Trend Right Now For You?
There is something so very special when what is usually considered the foundation of a room becomes the statement piece. So, for Modular | Geometry’s first collection I am designing contemporary upholstered sofas and seating systems with graphic pattern and color – the types of pattern you would usually use for pillows and accessories.