Born in Indianapolis, Markham Roberts graduated from Brown University and moved to New York to work with the great American interior designer, Mark Hampton, before opening his eponymous firm in 1997. Called “a master of timeless American style” by Vogue, Markham has earned the reputation as one of the top decorators of his generation.
Markham and his work have been featured in Architectural Digest, Cabana, Domino, Elle Decor, Galerie Magazine, House Beautiful, House & Garden, Southern Accents, Town & Country, Veranda, Vogue and The New York Times. Since 2014, Markham has been named to the AD100, Architectural Digest’s prestigious list of the top 100 interior designers and architects in the world. In addition, he has the important honor of being included in Inspired Design: The 100 Most Important Designers of the Past 100 Years, the historic list of all-time great decorators.
Markham’s highly respected monograph, Decorating: The Way I See It, published in 2014 by Vendome Press, showcases his thoughtful and imaginative approach to decorating and is widely praised as an essential design tome. His second book, Notes on Decorating, published in 2020 by Vendome Press, further illustrates his refined and singular method to designing interiors. As Architectural Digest editor Alison Levasseur points out in her foreword, “Markham is a scholar and a collector, masterful at creating interiors that feel relevant and authentically inhabited.”
Known for his creativity and his ability to work in a wide variety of styles, Markham adeptly interprets his clients’ needs and desires to seamlessly reflect their style and not merely his own imprint. Whether working on commercial projects or for private clients, across the country and abroad, Markham infuses interiors with his sophisticated and personal touch, applying his knowledge and experience individually and specifically to each project.
According to Senga Mortimer, the noted editor, “There is a distinct refinement that runs through all of his work and is, indeed, emblematic of his personality … Markham, with his unflinching ease, his assured eye, his natural understanding of how a house should function, and his total lack of pretense, creates rooms that are timeless.”
Markham lectures on decorating across the country. He sits on the board of the Cain Foundation, a philanthropic trust established by his late grandparents to support the arts, education, and to assist those in need.