JR Artisan SpotlightAdam & Gary Glant
President & Chairmen
What inspires you?:
Inspiration can come from anything, as long as you are open to it, and observing it. It can be from travel, nature, architecture, fashion, food, music, art; really anything that sparks a feeing or an emotion can be equated with a texture, a pattern, or a color.
What’s makes your brand stand out from the rest:
We are known for our woven textures, our color forecasting and range, and our quality. We stay true to who we are and we don’t deviate from what we do best. We have maintained our position in the industry by consistently offering the best and taking pride in designing and manufacturing some of the best high-end textiles on the market. We are also incredibly unique in owning our own textile mill in Northern Italy, where the majority of our textiles are made.
How did you get your start in the industry:
Glant Textiles is the creation of Gary Glant, who grew up surrounded by beautiful design. His childhood home, on the shore of Seattle’s Lake Washington, was filled with the work of Jack Lenor Larsen and other legendary names in design. When he is not traveling the four corners of the world, he lives in Seattle, where he founded Glant Textiles in 1976.
After a childhood dedicated to painting, music and other artistic pursuits, Gary studied architecture and international business at the University of Washington. In 1973, after opening a successful chain of contemporary fabric and design stores in the Pacific Northwest, Gary went to Finland to design his own architecturally inspired line of textiles. He presented these fabrics to Kneedler-Fauchere, the preeminent furnishings showroom group that was responsible for discovering talents such as Jack Larsen, Angelo Donghia and Robin Roberts of Clarence House. Kneedler-Fauchere immediately offered to represent the Glant collection. Celebrated interior designer Michael Taylor saw Gary’s constructions as they were being unpacked and selected one for the Jennifer Jones and Norton Simon home. Three months later, the house was featured on the cover of House and Garden and the Glant Textiles collection was launched. With the addition of Gary Glant’s son, Adam, in 2011, Glant Textiles has solidified its identity as a multi-generational textile house.
Describe your work in 5 words or less:
Vast range, texture & color
Describe your studio/work space:
Most of our design work happens at our mill in Northern Italy, where we are close to the looms where the product is created for evaluation.
Any new techniques, mediums, colors, aesthetics you are experimenting with?
We usually begin the process of beginning a new collection 18 months before its introduction so as to allow us the time to curate and compose a collection from our design work, which prior to this point, involves rounds of testing and tweaking.
Glant is available through our New York & Washington DC Showrooms