richard|rabel: interiors + art + design

It is rare to find interior designers/decorators who are equally knowledgeable in traditional and modern fine art, decorative art and design to competently advise their clients in all aspects of an interior project. With 10+ years of expertise as a specialist at Christie’s, Richard has developed the knowledge to do so. Rather than working with an interior designer/decorator and an art advisor doesn’t it make sense to hire one professional who can put together a wonderful, livable and fabulous space and do it with actual pieces of art that fit a client’s budget?


interior decoration and design
Provided to clients interested in projects ranging from single to multi-room spaces, working within all budget ranges.


>project consultations

Some clients already have an established aesthetic but need some advice or inspiration on their project to insure uniformity. In these cases, Richard can give an opinion on the furniture layout, room reconfiguration, architectural details and finishes, decorative finishes (fabrics, countertops, cabinets, tile, lighting, hardware, plumbing fixtures, paint) as well as incorporating art, furniture and objects for the interior.


>project design
Some clients are happy to manage the construction and installation aspects of their project. In these cases, Richard works with a team of licensed professionals to provide the design of the project which can include site drawings with room layout, furniture configuration and specification, selection of flooring, cabinetry, countertops, tile, hardware and plumbing fixtures, paint color, security system, audio/visual system and design of custom pieces.


>project management
Some clients do not want the headaches of managing contractors, purchases, exchanges, deliveries, installations and all the other minutiae that comes with an interior project. In these cases, Richard collaborates with the client on all elements of the project and is responsible with his team for the design, management and delivery of the finished space.


fine art, decorative art and modern design advising
Provided to clients as part of an interior project or independently to clients interested in setting a foundation for a new collection or for those building on an existing one.

Whether a 17th century painting or a 21st century sculpture, Richard has developed the breadth of knowledge, expertise and international contacts necessary to offer superb in-depth service and advice.

Professional art advising is much more than rubber stamping a client’s impulse, dealers recommendation or auction house endorsement. It’s about having the independent experience to, amongst other considerations, interpret condition, provenance, and proper buying/selling price of the piece in question.


There are numerous issues to consider when purchasing art. Richard helps you by acting as your official representative at auction or private sale which includes identifying buying opportunities worldwide, confirming authenticity and attribution, inspecting for condition, price justification and final negotiation.



There are also numerous issues when selling art. Richard helps you by acting as your official representative at auction or private sale which includes approaching private buyers, galleries or auction houses for the best terms and sale strategies, reviewing and negotiating marketing proposals, interest monitoring and packing/shipping of the piece(s).


Richard helps you by liaising with the best restorers, custom framers, hanging services, lighting consultants, appraisers, international shippers, art insurance companies, home security firms, and global art storage facilities.


photo credits: © Joshua McHugh