Services:

Our service range in whole or in part from:

Architectural Design

  • Space Planning
  • Design and Preparation of All Drawings (i.e., Contract Documents) and Specifications
  • DOB approvals and permit acquisitions
  • Custom Millwork Design (i.e., woodwork and built-ins)
  • Architectural Lighting and Electrical Design
  • Audio/Video System Design and Integration

Interior Design / Decoration

  • Design, Selection and Specification of all Furniture,
  • Furnishings and All Decorative Elements (e.g., decorative lighting, rugs, finishes, window treatments, accessories, etc.)
  • Custom Furniture Design (specialty offered upon request)
  • Art Acquisitions

 

We are most often commissioned by our clients (though it is not necessary nor always applicable) to design and coordinate both the Architectural Design phase and the Interior Design/Decoration phase of a project, which by and large encompasses all the above services. Ideally, these two phases should be simultaneously contemplated, designed and then seamlessly executed in order to maximize and yield the most benefit in terms of aesthetic and technical integration, harmonious flow, and to minimize construction time, cost and redundancy. We don’t take this responsibility and task lightly since we recognize that the appropriate balance between these two phases (and their proper execution) is highly critical to the success and longevity of a project.

For representative client Testimonials, click on the link.

Approach:

As the principal of the firm, I am forward-thinking and contemporary, with inspiration from many different design styles, periods, movements and cultures. I like clean, open, airy, uncluttered, subtle and elegant spaces where light is an important element and where rooms, spaces and textures move and breathe into one another (the open-plan concept). I am inspired by nature and its forms, textures and color palettes; I like the honest expression, and purity of natural materials and strong attention to detail. These elements and approaches are reflective, in whole or in part, of early- and mid-twentieth century modern architecture and interior design; Japanese architecture, interiors and aesthetics; Scandinavian and Nordic interior design and furniture design; the expansive, open, urban lofts of NYC (Soho & Tribeca); and the timelessness, order, grandeur and hierarchy of spaces found in classical architecture and design.

When designing, I take an inclusionary approach. As a New Yorker, I view life and therefore design from a multicultural, multi-sensory perspective, where contrast, juxtaposition, asymmetry and tension are not perceived as negative things but rather elements that can inspire and enrich. An approach borne from NYC’s swirling eclecticism, its grit, funk and sophistication, I enjoy mixing it up. Tension is important in order to provide complexity yet balance – to challenge while embracing the inhabitant of the space. When tension is omitted, it can too often result in a one-dimensional, short-lived, insipid environment and experience.

I strive to provide unique, fresh, edgy yet timeless spaces. I am not focused on what the current trend is – good design must withstand the test of time. As a designer (and as a person), I am always evolving and expanding so I try to challenge myself and my clients to think a bit outside the box and their comfort zones. Just as they are individuals, their homes and spaces should be a reflection of their individuality and self-expression. I like to believe that I can facilitate a tangible increase in the day-to-day quality of life for my clients and their families by providing a uniquely singular space and environment that they can grow into and by which they are continually stimulated and enriched.

About us:

“Working with Galo was a fantastic experience for my husband and I. We purchased our apartment (a classic six pre-war) while living in Hong Kong, so we had to manage our gut-renovation from abroad, which was a daunting prospect. However, we were totally comfortable not being in New York while the bulk of the work took place because we came to know that Galo takes such pride in his work, views each project as his baby, and that the result - regardless of our presence - would be nothing short of perfect. Galo's meticulous nature and eye for perfection allowed us to complete a gut-renovation from halfway around the world in six months. Galo respected both our vision and our budget. He somehow managed to transform a stale, old pre-war apartment into a contemporary, open (loft-like in spirit) showpiece, while still preserving its prewar character and detailing. The outcome was magnificent and it really exceeded our expectations. I cannot recommend Galo highly enough! ”

Amanda Pratt

“Galo focuses on the last inch - what you see and touch and live with every day. The result is a balanced home that feels luxurious but is always livable – a place that has its own unique sense of self without sacrificing comfort or warmth.”

Galo Verdesoto

Galo Verdesoto was raised and resides in New York City. He started his arts education early in life, majoring in architecture at the High School of Art and Design, and continuing at the prestigious Parsons School of Design, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in architectural and environmental design. He continued his formal advanced architecture education while attending Pratt Institute, as well as the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), and he is an AIA (American Institute of Architects) Associate member.
Upon graduation from Parsons, Galo was recruited by faculty member Tim Gunn (now of Project Runway fame) to teach a summer semester abroad at their satellite school in the Dominican Republic: the prestigious Altos De Chavon School of Design. There, drawing on his bilingual ability as he was born in Quito, Ecuador, Galo co-taught freshman year interior design students in Spanish.
Galo's residential architectural and interior design experience spans more than 20 years and countless satisfied clients. He also has extensive experience in commercial, corporate and retail design, including the recent corporate renovation / interior design of a raw Soho loft for INVNT, a global brand and communications agency. Other noted corporate projects include the state of the art, interactive traveling exhibition sponsored by M&M Mars for the promotion of the U.S. Olympics; and projects for NYNEX/New York Telephone (now Verizon) and Credit Suisse/First Boston (now Credit Suisse Group). In the retail realm, he’s worked with Bloomingdale's – doing store design, industrial/product design and promotional design; and at Polo Ralph Lauren's home division – doing furniture design, and product design and development.

“I’ve worked with Galo on multiple projects. What is really amazing is that you would never guess that the same architect and interior designer worked on all four. Each was unique to the space and completely different. He never seems to run out of original ideas.”

Works:

Interior Design / Decorations

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1: Modern Loft, Full Floor, Westside

Full floor 3,500 sq. ft. This is a two-phased project: Gut-Renovation and Interior Design / Decoration seamlessly and simultaneously integrated and executed. All the work is custom and uniquely conceived and designed for this space and clients.

2: Modern Loft, Full Floor, Westside

Full floor 3,500 sq. ft. This is a two-phased project: Gut-Renovation and Interior Design / Decoration seamlessly and simultaneously integrated and executed. All the work is custom and uniquely conceived and designed for this space and clients.

3: Prewar, Classic-8, UWS

Classic-8 apt in The Belnord, 3,200 sq. ft. Interior Design / Decoration and partial Restoration project. All the work is custom and uniquely conceived and designed for this space and client

4: Prewar Contemporary, Classic-6, 5th Ave

This UES apt. is a two-phased project: Gut-Renovation and Interior Design / Decoration seamlessly, simultaneously integrated and executed. All the work is custom and uniquely conceived, designed for this space and client. This is a harmonious blend of classical prewar and contemporary design.

5: Modern Loft, Full Floor, Westside

Full floor 3,500 sq. ft. This is a two-phased project: Gut-Renovation and Interior Design / Decoration seamlessly and simultaneously integrated and executed. All the work is custom and uniquely conceived and designed for this space and clients.

6: Penthouse, Midtown East

PH apt with large terrace, 2 bdrms & 2 baths. This is a two-phased project: Gut-Renovation and Interior Design / Decoration seamlessly, simultaneously integrated and executed. All the work is custom and uniquely conceived, designed for this space and client. It’s a contemporary, open plan design concept with a warm, rich palette of colors, finishes and materials in a midcentury ES building.

7: Prewar Contemporary, Classic-6, 5th Ave

This UES apt. is a two-phased project: Gut-Renovation and Interior Design / Decoration seamlessly, simultaneously integrated and executed. All the work is custom and uniquely conceived, designed for this space and client. This is a harmonious blend of classical prewar and contemporary design.

8: Penthouse, Midtown East

PH apt with large terrace, 2 bdrms & 2 baths. This is a two-phased project: Gut-Renovation and Interior Design / Decoration seamlessly, simultaneously integrated and executed. All the work is custom and uniquely conceived, designed for this space and client. It’s a contemporary, open plan design concept with a warm, rich palette of colors, finishes and materials in a midcentury ES building.

9: Penthouse, Midtown East

PH apt with large terrace, 2 bdrms & 2 baths. This is a two-phased project: Gut-Renovation and Interior Design / Decoration seamlessly, simultaneously integrated and executed. All the work is custom and uniquely conceived, designed for this space and client. It’s a contemporary, open plan design concept with a warm, rich palette of colors, finishes and materials in a midcentury ES building.

10: Private Full floor, Classic-7, CPW

Primarily an Interior Design / Decoration project and partial restoration. Harmoniously blending contemporary, modern and classical design. This stunning, Classic-7 contemporary apt (w/ prewar spirit) has high views overlooking Central Park and Reservoir. It’s minimally decorated allowing the spectacular views of this very unique apt to be the stars (for a Zen-like state). It has 18 French glass doors, 11 Juliet balconies and a woodburning fireplace.

11: Modern Loft

This is a full floor, two-phased project: Interior Design /Decoration and - Renovation seamlessly and simultaneously integrated and executed. This is our second project in this Westside loft building.

12: Modern Loft

This is a full floor, two-phased project: Interior Design / Decoration and Renovation seamlessly and simultaneously integrated and executed. This is our second project in this Westside, loft building.

13: Modern Apt Combination, Lincoln Center

This is a three-phased project: Combination, Gut-Renovation and Interior Design / Decoration all seamlessly, simultaneously integrated and executed. The combination of two apts: a large 1 bdrm, 1 ½ bath, a large alcove studio and transforming them into a premium 3 bdrm, 3 full baths with, entry gallery, large open, modern kitchen, custom bar and library. This was the first of three projects for this repeat client.

Works:

Gut – Renovations

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1: Modern Loft, Full Floor, Westside

Full floor 3,500 sq. ft. This is a two-phased project: Gut-Renovation and Interior Design / Decoration seamlessly and simultaneously integrated and executed. All the work is custom and uniquely conceived and designed for this space and clients.

2: Modern Loft, Full Floor, Westside

Full floor 3,500 sq. ft. This is a two-phased project: Gut-Renovation and Interior Design / Decoration seamlessly and simultaneously integrated and executed. All the work is custom and uniquely conceived and designed for this space and client.

3: Prewar, Contemporary, Classic-6, 5th Ave

This UES apt. is a two-phased project: Gut-Renovation and Interior Design / Decoration seamlessly, simultaneously integrated and executed. All the work is custom and uniquely conceived, designed for this space and client. This is a harmonious blend of classical prewar and contemporary design.

4: Prewar, Contemporary, Classic-6, 5th Ave

This UES apt. is a two-phased project: Gut-Renovation and Interior Design / Decoration seamlessly, simultaneously integrated and executed. All the work is custom and uniquely conceived, designed for this space and client. This is a harmonious blend of classical prewar and contemporary design.

5: Penthouse, Midtown East

PH apt with large terrace, 2 bdrms & 2 baths. This is a two-phased project: Gut-Renovation and Interior Design / Decoration seamlessly, simultaneously integrated and executed. All the work is custom and uniquely conceived, designed for this space and client by GVD. It’s a contemporary, open plan design concept with a warm, rich palette of colors, finishes and materials in a midcentury ES building.

6: Penthouse, Midtown East

PH apt with large terrace, 2 bdrms & 2 baths. This is a two-phased project: Gut-Renovation and Interior Design / Decoration seamlessly, simultaneously integrated and executed. All the work is custom and uniquely conceived, designed for this space and client by GVD. It’s a contemporary, open plan design concept with a warm, rich palette of colors, finishes and materials in a midcentury ES building.

7: Modern Hi-Rise, UES

This is a two-phased project: Gut-Renovation and Interior Design / Decoration all seamlessly, simultaneously integrated and executed. All the work is custom and uniquely conceived and designed for this space and clients. This condo apt consist of 3 bdrms, 3 full bathrms with expansive windows and a large terrace overlooking the city form the 37th floor. The design intent was to harmoniously blend contemporary design with classic French / Italian Art Deco. We incorporated lots of rich, classic materials and finishes (i.e. exotic woods, European stones, Venetian plaster) and used a rich, elegant color palette.

8: Floor-Through, Converted to Open Loft, UES

This is a one-phased Gut-Renovation project. All the work is custom and uniquely conceived and designed for this space and clients. The original apt was a very generic, UES (walk-up) 2 bedroom and 1.5 bath. It was gutted and converted into a loft (open plan) w/ 2 bedrms and 2 full bathrms. The original red bricks were exposed along one whole side of the apt and the dumbwaiter was exposed and left as a featured funky, historical element in the new, custom open kitchen. The design intent was to create a large open, informal communal area (entry, kitchen, dining and living areas) ideal for casual living and entertaining.

9: Modern Apt Combination, Lincoln Center

This is a three-phased project: Combination, Gut-Renovation and Interior Design / Decoration all seamlessly, simultaneously integrated and executed. The combination of two apts: a large 1 bdrm, 1 ½ bath, a large alcove studio and transforming them into a premium 3 bdrm, 3 full baths with, entry gallery, large open, modern kitchen, custom bar and library. This was the first of three projects for this repeat client.

10: Modern Apt Combination, Lincoln Center

This is a two-phased project: Apt Combination, Gut-Renovation all seamlessly, simultaneously integrated and executed. The combination of two apts in a modern hi-rise building: a large 1 bdrm w / 1 ½ bathrms, and a large alcove studio which was transformed into a premium 3 bdrms, 3 full bathrms apt with a formal entry gallery area, large modern kitchen, custom bar and library area. This was the first of three projects for this repeat client. All the work is custom, uniquely conceived and designed for this space and the client.

Contact us:

NEW YORK CITY

P 212-721-7020

galo@gvdinc.com

info@gvdinc.com