“We will continue to press all the boundaries, both in staircase and frameless door engineering, as we leave our subtle marks on the architecture of this century.” – Richard Gelles
Insensation was founded in 1997 in Switzerland with the explicit principle to promote minimalism in architecture. Swiss-American founder, Richard Gelles, came of age in the time of the booming transformation of industrial buildings into private residences in Manhattan. After moving to Europe, Richard bought investment properties, became partners in an architectural practice and built luxury residences in London and Switzerland.
The objects of Insensation were formed through these property development projects, objects which are integral to the experience of aesthetic interior design. Using materials like high-grade aluminum, glass, natural stone, polished concrete and integrated lighting, Richard’s unique staircase designs can be found in residences from New York to California and all over Europe. His clean style and coupling of functionality and design are unsurpassed in the high-end staircase market. Richard has become an authoritative expert for property developers and world-class architects who rely on his knowledge for perfectly engineered frameless doors. He has consulted on many of the newer residential towers built in Manhattan, as well as $30 million residences in the USA. Richard’s small ‘swiss-like’ shop located on 31st Street, between Park and Madison Avenue in Manhattan serves as a design studio for Insensation’s staircases and interior doors. In October 2020, Richard opened a second store in Manhattan which is dedicated to high-end European architectural door hardware.
Richard is an Allied Professional Member of the American Institute of Architects, NY Chapter.