About Gabriel Keller
At the age of sixteen, Gabriel Keller lived abroad in Antwerp, Belgium, where he immersed himself in European culture, food, and football. After graduating with highest honors, Gabe headed east to Cornell University, one of the oldest architecture schools in the country. After spending three years in Ithaca and studying classical architecture and design in Rome, he was lured by the siren song of Soho. Gabriel spent three memorable years in New York designing an array of extraordinary restaurants, hotels, nightclubs and other environments for Serge Becker, the Paris-born, Swiss-Vietnamese impresario and designer of Bowery Bar, Area, M.K. and other haute hot spots. They also collaborated on sleek New York lofts and breathtaking Hamptons beach houses.
Recognizing his true passion for residential design, Gabriel returned home to Minneapolis. At Domain Architecture & Design, he found a kindred spirit in colleague Lars Peterssen, and the duo designed award-winning traditional and contemporary homes, lofts, and cabins for clients in the Twin Cities and around the country. Driven by a desire to refine his own architectural style, Gabriel cofounded Peterssen/Keller Architecture in 2009. His scope is national -- with homes under design in New York to California -- and his work has been extensively featured in numerous national and international publications.
Today, Gabriel's life has come full circle -- just the way he designed it. With a solid footing in the local community and a thriving family, Gabriel sees Peterssen/Keller's location in Minneapolis as the perfect platform for their developing portfolio of bespoke homes located around the country.
Q&A with Gabriel Keller
Where do you find design inspiration?
The old adage “the devil is in the details” should be changed to “the design is in the details.” Design is all around us, from the clothes we wear and the cars we drive, to the food we eat and places we inhabit. It is really the details that make a design come to life.
How do you approach the design process?
The design process is inherently iterative, hence the term “process.” Having an open mind, free of pre-conceived notions, along with the willingness to listen to clients as well as colleagues, is crucial to the process. A design can evolve and transform significantly from the beginning to the end of the process but the vision must remain constant.
What is the great asset you provide your client?
We provide our clients with a hands-on collaborative experience in which their opinion is influential in the design process. The combined knowledge and experience of our staff allows us to be flexible enough to tackle small additions as well as large new houses or estates.
What is your biggest challenge as a designer/architect?
My biggest challenge is a tight deadline on projects. The kitchen is one of the most utilized spaces in a home and each step from designing to material selections, fabricating the cabinetry to installation is important. You are going to have many years of happiness in the kitchen so plan ahead and enjoy the end results.
What are some of the current design trends?
Do to the recent popularity of HGTV and DIY Network, more and more people are embracing the challenges of remodeling. However, this brings with it both positives and negatives. Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and open concept floor plans have become builder standards, and consequently quite ubiquitous. Clients are starting to recognize this market saturation and are moving towards alternatives such as engineered quartz countertops, fully integrated appliances, and more specialized ancillary kitchen spaces such as butler’s pantries or breakfast nooks.
Where do you see kitchen design going in the next 5 years?
Kitchens are becoming increasingly customizable with more options readily available to the general public. Gourmet or chef’s kitchens are no longer just for the ultra-wealthy and are instead becoming the expectation for many new homes and remodels. Kitchens have become the center of the home for families and are not just utilitarian spaces for cooking and storing food. In the next five years kitchens will continue to become more integrated with technology and everyday life. Efficiency and flexibility will be paramount for future kitchens, so they can better support multiple activities such as cooking, entertaining, working, studying and relaxing.
About Ryan Fish
Ryan Fish is an associate with Peterssen/Keller Architecture. With over 15 years of residential design experience, his projects have been widely published and have received numerous awards, including Home of the Month, RAVE Awards and AIA Minnesota Honor Awards. Whether he's working on a small kitchen remodel, a cabin renovation or a new home, Ryan has a keen interest in seamlessly integrating sustainable practices into the design. He feels it is a great privilege to be entrusted by his clients to design their home, and he is passionate about making the design process a positive and collaborative experience between architect and client.
Prior to joining Peterssen/Keller, Ryan worked at several award-winning residential firms, including U+B Architecture & Design and Albertsson Hansen Architecture. Ryan studied architecture at both the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin and is a LEED AP-certified, licensed architect in the state of Minnesota. He grew up in the cabin country of northern Wisconsin, and many of his hobbies revolve around the outdoors. He loves getting his children outside to camp, fish, and experience the Northwoods.
About Tommy Everson
Tommy Everson came to Peterssen/Keller Architecture with an educational focus on sustainability and urban design. His thesis project, “Bridgescape: Re-envisioning the Washington Avenue Bridge,”proposed a dynamic and inhabitable public space that would enhance the urban fabric of the University of Minnesota campus.
Prior to joining Peterssen/Keller, Tommy spent several summers as a residential drafting intern at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. In addition to teaching him building construction techniques and graphic standards, the experience reinforced for him the notion that good design doesn't have to be expensive or complex. Tommy is drawn to simple and elegant designs in all realms, from architecture and furniture to apparel and graphics. He believes that good design depends on, above all else, attention to detail and quality craftsmanship.
Tommy received a Master of Architecture and a B.A. in Architecture from the University of Minnesota. He was born and raised in the Twin Cities area and currently resides near the Uptown neighborhood. As a proud Minnesotan, he appreciates the changing seasons, enjoys spending time on the lakes, and embraces the long, cold winters. Tommy is an avid hockey player and disc golfer.