In a short period, Gabriel Hendifar and Jeremy Anderson have turned Apparatus into one of the world’s most feted interiors brands. We visit their New York studio, where they still make all their designs, to find out what makes them tick.
Life seems to happen to Gabriel Hendifar, the co-founder and creative director of Apparatus, in such an organic way that you wonder if he’s lucky, charming, or destined – or all three.
Take his first job, for example, with Los Angeles-based designer J Mary, who makes bespoke womenswear. She offered him a role after spotting him in a fabric shop buying buttons, even though he had no formal fashion training (at the time he was still an arts student at UCLA specialising in costume design). “That became my real education,” he says. “I learned about making, because we were taking vintage pieces apart and putting them back together, and I also got to understand what it means to create clothes for people who can have whatever they want. How do you make a one-of-a-kind dress that somebody decides they have to have, regardless of the cost?”