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Markham Roberts

Interior Designer

New York City-based interior designer Markham Roberts is the founder of Markham Roberts Inc.. A graduate of Brown University, Roberts spent six years working for the legendary Mark Hampton before opening his eponymous firm in 1997. Called “a master of timeless American style” by Vogue, Roberts' work has been featured in Veranda, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, House & Garden, Town & Country and The New York Times. In both 2014 and 2016, Roberts was named to the AD100, Architectural Digest’s prestigious list of the world's top interior designers and architects. Roberts is also the author of Decorating: The Way I See It, a monograph that documents his ability to work in any design vernacular using an inventive mix of styles, colors, patterns and time periods. This week, Roberts shares his favorite items from 1stdibs.

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19th Century Suzuribako Japanese Lacquer Calligrap...
Copper, Lacquer, Wood
Black lacquer Suzuribako with a gilt lacquer banana leaves decor. The black lacquered inside has several compartments, one suzuri (ink stone) and a water dropper adorned with scrolls.
Vintage Bar Table in the Style of Joe Colombo

By Kartell
Vintage Bar Table in the Style of Joe Colombo
Joe Colombo, Kartell
Glass, Plastic, Wood
vintage bar table, designed in the style of joe colombo for kartell. white molded plastic frame. wood base. original smoked glass top.
Tommi Parzinger Lacquered Cabinet

By Tommi Parzinger
Tommi Parzinger Lacquered Cabinet
Tommi Parzinger
Lacquer, Mahogany
Tommi Parzinger Lacquered Cabinet with Ribbon Mahogany Base Tommi Parzinger cabinet for Charak Modern. Late 1940s original hardware. Restored Lacquer finish. 12 drawers.
Japanese 18th Century Chest

Japanese 18th Century Chest
Iron, Wood
Japanese 18th century chest with beautiful original iron hardware. Two doors open revealing five interior drawers. Interior drawers are in excellent condition. Cabinet shows wear but is...
Large-Scale Teak Root Table

Large-Scale Teak Root Table
Large teak root coffee table with polished top surface. Spectacular piece of teak. Organic shape, sits flat and balanced. Top is smooth and straight. Knots and burls throughout. Lovely ...
"Soil" Side Table in California Black Walnut and E...
Studio Roeper
Bronze, Walnut
Bold and monolithic, the "Soil" side table explores the delicate balance between the intricately bookmatched veneers and the etched bronze detail. Sealed with several coats of an Indust...
Burl Wood Side Table with Metal Base
Burl Wood Side Table with Metal Base
Metal, Wood
A burled console table with a metal base.
Petrified Teak Stump

Petrified Teak Stump
Petrified Wood, Teak
Side table from petrified teak stump.
Rock Design Parchment Side Table

Rock Design Parchment Side Table
Resin, Goatskin, Parchment Paper
Rock on rock design side table cover with parchment and faux mirror on corner. Parchment is in varying shades of light and dark gray. (High gloss polyester resin filled finish).
Jørgen Christensen Settee, Attributed

Jørgen Christensen Settee, Attributed
Jørgen Christensens
Danish birchwood and upholstered settee, circa 1930s, attributed to Jørgen Christensen, The framed and upholstered back divided into three curved seat backs, issuing full scrolled a...
French Lounge Chair and Ottoman, circa 1935

French Lounge Chair and Ottoman, circa 1935
Maison Jansen
Upholstery, Wood
In the spirit of Madeleine Castaing, a French two-part chaise (lounge chair and ottoman) resting on a painted stretcher and fluted legs, circa 1935. Dimensions: 37" H x 33" W x 35" D ...
Lorenzo Burchiellaro Figural Table Clock Sculpture, Italy, 1960s

By Lorenzo Burchiellaro
Lorenzo Burchiellaro Figural Table Clock Sculpture...
Lorenzo Burchiellaro
Bronze
Clock sculptures were some of Lorenzo Burchiellaro’s earliest works. This figural bronze sculpture features an abstract design with stylized clock face, raised on four bent legs. This p...
Early 19th Century Swedish Gustavian Sofa

Early 19th Century Swedish Gustavian Sofa
Upholstery, Wood
An early 19th century Swedish Gustavian sofa. Dimensions: 31" H x 78" W x 29" D.
Swedish Convex Reflector Floor Lamp, 1960

By Bergboms
Swedish Convex Reflector Floor Lamp, 1960
Bergboms
Metal, Brass
Scandinavian modern floor lamp; convex reflector. A rare form, Sweden, 1960. (Enameled metal, brass; manufacturer label).
Pair of Greek Key Iron Chairs, circa 1960

Pair of Greek Key Iron Chairs, circa 1960
Iron
A pair of iron, Hollywood Regency Greek key deign chairs, circa 1960.
Garden Seats in the manner of William Kent

Garden Seats in the manner of William Kent
William Kent
Gesso, Paint, Teak, Wood
A fine pair of William Kent design carved teak or mahogany garden or hall benches. Each paneled back centered by a scrolling scallop shell crest above a mask with Vitruvian scroll friez...
John Keal Lounge Chairs

By John Keal, Brown Saltman
John Keal Lounge Chairs
John Keal, Brown Saltman
Canvas, Oak
Keal for Brown and Saltman lounges, solid oakwood with canvass webbing.
Late 19th-Early 20th Century Middle Eastern Damascus Armchair
Late 19th-Early 20th Century Middle Eastern Damasc...
Mother-of-Pearl, Wood
A highly decorative late 19th-early 20th century Middle Eastern Damascus inlaid armchair of superb patina. This chair consists of a rounded back profusely inlaid with decorative mosa...
Set of Eight Dining Chairs in the Manner of Frances Elkins, circa 1960
Set of Eight Dining Chairs in the Manner of France...
Frances Elkins
A set of eight 'Loop' chairs, in the manner of Frances Elkins, late 1950s-early 1960s. This set has been completely refurbished --fine satin lacquer in dove white, slip seats reupholste...
Pair of Madeleine Castaing Polychrome Pedestal Tables
Pair of Madeleine Castaing Polychrome Pedestal Tab...
Madeleine Castaing
Casein Paint, Gesso, Gold Leaf, Wood
Madeleine Castaing made variations on this pedestal form for many of her design commissions. Carved wood encased in gesso and painted in blue polychrome. These tables are in untouched o...
Unusual Large Swedish Bowl from the Early 19th Century

Unusual Large Swedish Bowl from the Early 19th Cen...
Unknown
Burl, Iron
Signed “OPS” and dated 1823, this highly unusual and large Swedish bowl was hewn from the burled wood of a tree root. External crevices bear traces of bark and two small splits were rei...
Napoleon III Tilt-Top Table with Glass Beaded Top

Napoleon III Tilt-Top Table with Glass Beaded Top
Beads, Wrought Iron
A charming French tilt-top table, made by the Paris firm Maison Heuret, with a glass-beaded top depicting a bouquet of flowers on a gilt wrought iron base. Made in France in the 1860s.
Christian Kass Style Upholstered Slipper Chair
Christian Kass Style Upholstered Slipper Chair
BK Antiques
Upholstery, Wood
Upholstered stylized slipper chair in the manner of Christian Kass
Pair of French Mahogany Art Deco Upholstered Club ...
Mahogany
Pair of Art Deco upholstered chairs with mahogany reeded front supports.
Mid-Century Modern Brutalist Dresser by Lane

By Lane
Mid-Century Modern Brutalist Dresser by Lane
Lane
This unique lane dresser combines stylish Brutalist detail with nine spacious drawers for storage. From the Staccato line, this wonderful design is perfect for any setting. Please confi...
Pair of Large, Industrial Aluminium Pendant Lights...
Aluminum, Glass
Pair of large, aluminium pendant lights with ribbed neck and glass fitter.  
Pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern Low Tables with Marble Tops
Pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern Low Tables with...
Marble, Metal
Each with a grey veined white marble top inset into the rectilinear frame on four legs joined by an H-form stretcher ending in brass feet.
Scandinavian Modern Pair of Beechwood Chairs

Scandinavian Modern Pair of Beechwood Chairs
Beech
These smart Danish Mid-Century chairs have a curved slatted backrest and open scroll arms. With tufted, cognac-colored leather cushions.
A French Gilt Iron and Cut Crystal Chandelier

A French Gilt Iron and Cut Crystal Chandelier
Maison Baguès
Crystal, Iron
The five-point corona hung with ribbed teardrops above the cartouche form frame fitted with flowers and faceted teardrops, the lower tier of ten stepped arms ending with dish bobeches s...
Japanese Brass Mounted Negoro Lacquer Table

Japanese Brass Mounted Negoro Lacquer Table
Brass, Lacquer
This unusual Japanese lacquer table has a diamond-shaped top and an apron with cloud form openings. The bracketed cabriole legs end in brass sabots. It is signed on the underside.
Japanese Lacquer Box in the Form of a Gourd

Japanese Lacquer Box in the Form of a Gourd
Lacquer
The lacquer gourd has a textured surface and a curved stalk handle and the interior is smooth. It is signed on the base.
Large Japanese Gold Lacquer Document Box

Large Japanese Gold Lacquer Document Box
Lacquer
The rectangular lacquer box has rounded edges. The exterior depicts scrolling vines interspersed with the imperial kamon and the togukawa mon on a brown and gold maki-e background. On t...
Striped Green and White Murano Glass Bulb Form Ceiling Mount Fixture by Salviati
Striped Green and White Murano Glass Bulb Form Cei...
Salviati
Murano Glass
Green striped, handblown Murano glass fixture with brass detail by Salviati Three available - priced per piece.
Six Arm Lucite Feather Chandelier

Six Arm Lucite Feather Chandelier
Lucite
Sculptural feather design 6-arm Lucite chandelier, newly rewired takes 6 candlestick style bulbs up to 60 watts. Chain and canopy included.
Textured Glass Pendant with Wood and Brass Detail by Kalmar

By Kalmar Lighting
Textured Glass Pendant with Wood and Brass Detail ...
Kalmar Lighting
Brass, Glass, Wood
Kalmar glass pendant with wood and brass accents. Takes standard bulb max wattage. The glass alone is 9" x 13.5".
Frosted and Clear Murano Glass "Gord" Shaped Pendant with "Vein" Pattern
Frosted and Clear Murano Glass "Gord" Shaped Penda...
Unknown
Murano Glass, Nickel
Frosted and clear Murano glass "Gord" shaped ceiling pendant with vein pattern and nickel hardware.
Pair of Rattan "Circle" Chairs with Metal Bases

Pair of Rattan "Circle" Chairs with Metal Bases
Unknown
Pair of Rattan "Circle" chairs with metal bases.
Beveled Glass Surround Mirror

Beveled Glass Surround Mirror
Glass
Blue, beveled glass surround mirror with diamond form arrangement at center.
Pair of Italian Neoclassical Terra Cotta Urns

Pair of Italian Neoclassical Terra Cotta Urns
This pair of Italian neoclassical urns is made of painted terra cotta, each with a modeled piece of fabric draped over a lidded ovoid shaped urn, the body painted black, raised on a soc...
Fine and Rare English Aesthetic Movement Cabinet

By James Shoolbred
Fine and Rare English Aesthetic Movement Cabinet
James Shoolbred
Brass, Mahogany, Oak
This fine and rare English aesthetic movement cabinet is made of ebonized wood, with incised motifs and painted panels on gilded grounds depicting floral and foliate motifs as well as a...
American Modern Folding Tray Table

American Modern Folding Tray Table
Burl, Bronze, Walnut
This American modern folding tray table, or butler's table, has a collapsible bronze X-form base, supporting a burl walnut tray-form top, edged with a bonze molding.
Swedish Grace Dining Table by Otto Schulz

By Boet, Otto Schultz
Swedish Grace Dining Table by Otto Schulz
Boet, Otto Schultz
Walnut
This fine Swedish Grace period walnut dining table has a circular top with highly figured matched flame veneers, above a carved gadrooned apron, supported by four carved square legs, jo...
Murano Stacked Pebble Lamp by Vistosi

By Vistosi
Murano Stacked Pebble Lamp by Vistosi
Vistosi
Glass
This modern Italian table lamp, made of opaque white blown glass, was designed and created by Vistosi in Murano.
Fine and Rare Japanese Edo Lacquered Footed Tray

Fine and Rare Japanese Edo Lacquered Footed Tray
Giltwood
This extremely fine Japanese Edo Period lacquered serving stand (takatsuki) is constructed with a wide circular tray with a dished top resting on three tall feet curled at the ends. It ...
Study of a Draped Figure by Lord Frederic Leighton

By Frederic Leighton
Study of a Draped Figure by Lord Frederic Leighton...
Frederic Leighton
One of the most widely admired artists of the Victorian era in England, Frederic Leighton created grand figurative paintings, representing a final flowering of the European classical tr...