Markham Roberts: Drop dead East Coast chic with a nod to Indianapolis

April 16, 2015 12:07 PM

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The way New York designer Markham Roberts sees the world is large, bold, colorful and highly personalized, a sensitivity he attributes to the most influential person in his life - his late grandmother Harriet Greathouse Cain. In her houses in Indianapolis, a city where he grew up, as well as her vacation homes, he observed how to live comfortably and entertain, rather than be surrounded by staid stage sets for show. "I learned so much from the joy of being in those houses, whether I recognized it or it was subconscious," he says.

A: "I learned to approach every job individually. The past gives us the foundation for being creative, but we need to do things our own way. Movies with interesting houses have been an influence, as well as museums and travel. Films like Stanley Kubrick's "Barry Lyndon" and how it relates to English...

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