Robert Metzger: 1991 Hall of Fame Inductee
“I’m not afraid of mixing color; I’m not afraid of scale; I’m not afraid of drama,” exclaimed Robert Metzger, who headed up his own design firm started in 1973. A self-made designer, Metzger claimed little influence from the work of others, as he never was employed by any designer but himself. To hire Metzger was to hire a unique eye. And that was done by many of the rich and famous, including Blaine and Robert Trump, Tatum O’Neal and John McEnroe, and Linda and James Robinson III. Metzger mixed old antiques with new pieces, “and they don’t necessarily even have to be expensive,” he reported. What did he hate? “Granny decorating. Old and wimpy interiors like your dead aunt might have done.”
Born and raised in New York City, Metzger graduated from New York University and went into investment analysis on Wall Street. After extended travel abroad he turned his talents to decorating, attending the New York School of Interior Design and finishing up his education by working at the antique firm “Past and Present”. His work appeared frequently in both national and international journals. In addition to creating interiors, Metzger also designed tabletop products for Mikasa and textiles such as linens and printed fabrics. As a member of ASID, Metzger received numerous awards and lectured at many organizations including the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.
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