Founder and Principal Designer
Michael brings an artists’ eye and consideration to every project. Formerly an artist-photographer with a degree from Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts), he began designing interiors in 1984. His eponymous company, Michael Gruber Design, has gained a reputation for seamlessly mixing historic references with modern decorative arts.
In addition, Michael has brought his unique background as an artist and experience as a designer together to craft an extensive array of Fine and Decorative Art exhibition designs. He has retired from the executive board of Collab, a group of design professionals that support the decorative arts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art after establishing the Collab Journal and is currently an Allied Member of ASID. He actively gives back to the community through designing the Alex's Lemonade Stand Great Chefs Event annually since it's inception. Michael Gruber also designed Eat Cafe, a pay what you can afford restaurant for the community surrounding Drexel University, where he also guest critiques student designers.
Dana holds a Masters Degree in Interior Architecture & Design from Drexel University. Dana's background in oil painting and interest in historic preservation led to her career in Interior Design. Her affinity for historic architecture, antiquities and textiles is reflected in her designs. Dana has previous experience in high end residential, hospitality and preservation projects. Creating timeless interiors with sophisticated, modern palettes defines her design style. In her spare time, Dana enjoys exploring the city's art and culture and hiking with her dog, Rocco.
Jess holds a Bachelors Degree in Interior Design from Drexel University. Jess’ hospitality design experience includes a variety of restaurants in Philadelphia and multiple luxury hotels in Asia. She has worked with high end residential clients in California, New York and Philadelphia. Jess has experience with a diverse mixture of design styles and project sizes. She also keeps the office in shape with her fitness and nutrition tips. We might have to start a series on our Instagram dedicated to all of her healthy homemade snacks.