Michael Gruber 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 as given back to the community actively designing the Alex's Lemonade Great Chefs Event since it's inception, designing Eat Cafe, a pay what you can afford restaurant concept for the community surrounding Drexel University where he also guest critiques student designers.
Candace Foster, Senior Associate, holds a Masters Degree in Interior Architecture & Design from Drexel University. Prior to gaining her advanced degree she graduated from Philadelphia University with an undergraduate degree in Textile Design, working five years as a designer of residential kitchen and food service textiles. Serious but always a lot of fun, Candace brings her professional and fresh vision to the projects at Michael Gruber Design. In her spare time, Candace is immersed in restoring her beach cottage in LBI.
Dana Lanzino, Senior Associate, 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.
Jessica Kaklins, Junior Associate, 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 the healthy homemade snacks that Jess brings in.