Gabellini Sheppard Associates is a multi-disciplinary architectural and interior design firm based in New York City. The 30-person firm has gained international acclaim for its signature design aesthetic in which space and light are used as sculptural materials. This sensibility evolves from the intent to design pure, functional spaces that operate as graphic backdrops to what is contained within them. The firm has approached each of its projects as an individual research enterprise, investigating each site’s historical context, programmatic possibilities, and potential to stimulate the development of a fresh spatial vocabulary.Gabellini Sheppard designs on multiple scales ranging from urban and commercial masterplans to private residences, fashion boutiques and contemporary art galleries. With its inaugural commission of the Jil Sander flagship store in Paris, the firm set a new standard in retail design by creating a richly subtle stage for the interaction of volume, light, and materials. The firm has subsequently designed major retail environments such as the Bergdorf Goodman Contemporary Floor and Nicole Farhi boutique and restaurant in Manhattan, the 100,000sf retail center for Giorgio Armani in Milan, numerous boutiques and showrooms for Salvatore Ferragamo, and 90 stores and showrooms for Jil Sander worldwide.