Richard Rabel

New York, NY, Interior Designer/Art Advisor

Art consultant and designer Richard Rabel

The mark of an interior designer with sophisticated tastes is the degree to which clients come to rely on his or her advice when including art in their spaces, designing their most intimate rooms and adding any element of decoration to their homes. Richard Rabel is one of these designers—a condition that grows naturally from his ability to create livable, warm and unique interiors that reflect a 21st-century lifestyle at the root of the modern point of view.

His rich experience in fine and decorative art of all periods brings a distinct aesthetic to his rooms beyond the traditional interior design sensibility. Richard’s projects include residences in Dallas, New York, Paris and Sao Paulo. Within each of these urban metropolises, he has placed an array of diverse works by artists and designers that include paintings by van Dyck and Twombly, photographs by Polidori and Sugimoto, and works by J.-M. Frank and van der Straeten.

The multi-linguist spent ten years as a senior director and specialist at Christie’s, the London-based international art auction house after undertaking twenty years of art and design study. During all this time, he honed his worldly outlook as an avid international traveler. Richard has lived in seven countries and has had access to some of the most exquisite and exclusive spaces—from San Francisco to Mexico City, Sao Paulo to Geneva, Istanbul to Delhi and Sydney to Shanghai. The breadth of his travels has sharpened an already cultivated eye, contributing greatly to defining his exacting taste. Is it any wonder his blog The Modern Sybarite, so aptly named, is a go-to resource for anyone hoping to glean an education about what remains classically important in art and design?

The Modern Sybarite was recently named a media partner to acclaimed London-based international fair organizer Haughton Art Fairs; and serves as a resource for a number of illustrious titles that include Apollo Magazine, Hedge, Country & Town House, The Magazine Antiques, and Fine Art Connoisseur. Veronika Miller, the CEO of Modenus—one of the leading interior design resources in the UK and the US—says of the connoisseur, “Richard is seriously knowledgeable and is one of the nicest and least pretentious people I’ve met in this industry.” We at Global Lighting couldn’t agree more and we see it as a reflection of our drive toward luxurious style that Richard agreed to be one of our tastemakers, choosing the Bluebird table lamp by Jorge Pensi because he sees the light fixture as being “bound for the classics.”