Since 1990, Old Biscayne Designs has manufactured fine iron beds and wood furniture designs derived from European antiques. Nick and Gretchen Gabrielli welded their cultures; his of Argentine aristocratic elegance and hers of South simplicity and charm to form a company that handcrafts furniture to each customer’s specifications. Every design is signed with the Gabrielli signature and year of creation. Their absolute dedication to excellence guarantees that the owner of a Gabrielli design will have the very best.
Meet the Old Biscayne Team
Ignacio Gabrielli (Nick)
Co-Owner, Director of Operations
Nick is the owner and founder of Old Biscayne Designs.He directed and expanded a corporate portfolio ranging from cattle farms to international banking with his father in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His acute financial acumen has kept OBD nimble and fleet-footed while navigating the ever-changing market demand. Steering their early enterprise (of buying and selling European antiques from Buenos Aires) into a multi-factory manufacturing endeavor allowed Nick to provide OBD with the expertise to develop and refine a process for creating furniture for each designer’s special vision. Under his management, OBD procures US hardwoods and steel and coordinates all the processes from iron work, foundry work, hand-carving, and hand-crafting to the delivery of one-of-a-kind furniture designs.
Co-Owner, Director of Sales and Marketing
Gretchen is the Co-owner and Co- Founder of Old Biscayne Designs, which she and her husband Ignacio (Nick) Gabrielli founded in 1990. After receiving a Design and Marketing degree from Georgia Southwestern University, she designed women’s sportswear collections in Los Angeles and Miami. Twelve years of design and merchandising for the clothing industry provided the foundation to begin importing antiques from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Importing progressed into manufacturing a collection of antique-inspired furniture designs scaled for the American market. Her ability to read fashion trends, an eye for scale and proportion, and an intense sensitivity for personal style lends itself to her professional ability to translate personal style traits for the lifestyles of her design clientele. Do you look good in your furniture?
Chloe Matisse Gabrielli
Affectionately called Mati
Mati, our two-year-old, silver labrador, is quite dedicated and loyal to her position at OBD. Her responsive therapy, including licks, love, and tail wagging, is quite effective. We could all learn from her stress management techniques. Perform and reward communication has worked brilliantly as her training regimen. Krista recently taught her the Hokie Pokie with a few hundred dog biscuits, and Sebie relies heavily on Mati for biscuit disposal every morning.
Production and Finishing Manager
Starting in 2000, Adrian worked his way through our factory, acquiringevery skill required to manufacture high-end furniture. His dedication and discerning eye for detail have made for a valuable employee that functions at a high level in the very heart of OBD. Among other things, Adrian is also very talented with the ladies. All of our female employees smile a little brighter when he’s around. We teasingly call him the Barry White of manufacturing.
Since 1998, Brenda has been our office task master. Over and above her financial and accounting duties she is our resident Mother and Grandmother helping to keep the team on point. Today she handles all financial and freight inquires, although she is practically an expert in all OBD office operations. She also bakes the best caramel cake in the world.