Gabriela Zappi

is a designer and architecture school graduate living and working in downtown Los Angeles. Her inspiration comes from surrealism as a cultural movement which emerged in disenfranchised Europe after World War 1. Through her hyper-digital architectural background, Gabriela developed some sense of security and comfort in exploration of a series of imagined digital worlds, defying the laws of reality and that which we take as absolute fact in an attempt to provide an alternate reality or view of the future.

The physical manifestation of time spent in these fantastical digital spaces is evident in the playfulness and whimsy of the Object Project. The idea that that which is imagined can in fact exist in the physical and that process of translation from imagination to screen to living room is an ongoing exploration.

The Object Project is a limited line of one-of-one furniture and home pieces entirely cut from one sheet of plywood by a CNC machine. The line contains 5 larger furniture objects and 19 smaller household items - ashtrays, trays, candle holders, incense holders, and a flower holder.

Since graduating, the Gabriela has spent time working on high-end single family residential architecture, hospitality design, interiors and art-direction. She has held designer roles at multiple AD100 firms, including Studio Shamshiri and Marmol Radziner in Los Angeles as well as an art direction consulting position for fashion label Rose in Good Faith.

Her solo work has explored fashion and clothing/textile design, set-design, household object and furniture design, as well as continuing to develop digital world building and exploration.

Gabriela’s work has been featured in Vogue Italia, the a+d museum in Los Angeles and Interior Design Magazine.

Gabriela is currently accepting custom commissions, collaborations and any business inquiries. Book a chat