13 (Great) Questions for Architects Gachot Studios


With a background in hotel and retail design, Christine and John Gachot of New York’s Gachot Studios take a highly individual approach to their work. The user, not the style, comes first—which is never a bad strategy for private homes or hospitality projects like the Shinola Hotel in Detroit, which the firm completed in 2018. We asked Christine Gachot to share some insights:

  • RM: Opposites attract: what’s a favorite material pairing for you?
  • CG: We often play with contrasts in regard to setting rather than material. Our own Shelter Island, New York, weekend home is a 1920’s center hall colonial filled with contemporary and mid-century modern furniture: Charlotte Perriand library table, Alvar Aalto stools. Or think of an old Parisian apartment filled with the new pieces—it works every time. Historic architecture can act as a theatrical setting and a wonderful juxtaposition with more streamlined furniture.
The Gachots favor Noguchi rice-paper lamps; shown above, the Akari 75D in their own Shelter Island house. Photo by Ngoc Minh Ngo courtesy of Gachot Studios.
Above: The Gachots favor Noguchi rice-paper lamps; shown above, the Akari 75D in their own Shelter Island house. Photo by Ngoc Minh Ngo courtesy of Gachot Studios.



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