Markham is a decorator's decorator: in a league with his mentor, Mark Hampton. Markham is brilliant at delivering unpretentious and refined interiors in a broad range of styles from traditional to contemporary; yet his projects never look the same. As Senga Moritimer says in the forward: "there is never a recognizable stamp for which so many decorators become known", except a "distinct refinement that runs through all of his work." It is as if he absorbs his clients personality and gives their style animation through his designs.
Markham Roberts in his
Markham's book starts out illustrating how the designer approaches a project-- he moves seamlessly from floor plans, color schemes, discussing bespoke furniture and choosing art. The second part moves into architecture and finally the book concludes with my personal favorite -- images of his own homes. The organization of the book makes it easy to digest and he offers lots of helpful pointers on adding the details that finish a room and make it look and function better. For instance, his use of custom throws illustrates the perfect blend of practicality and luxury.
|Markham Roberts is responsible for the understated design and the wonderful photograph (which is his own) hanging above the table in the dining room of a client's Sagaponack house.|
|Markham Roberts dressing room in his Clinton Corners home -- sophisticated and understated|
One of the things I love about Markham's work is how he mixes fabric patterns/textures and pulls furniture from different periods together in a way that relate well and play off each other. This mix is perfectly illustrated in his homes that blend some of his favorite objects, inherited and collected over the years by Markham and his partner, James.
This is Markham Roberts' Clinton Corners home, eclectic, layered in personal history
and refined in a relaxed and understated way