About

Interior Designer / Artist

Combining his passion for art, building and design, Jeffery Roberts delivers expertise and excellence in all three areas while focusing on one goal: Exceeding his client’s expectations.

Background

Classical training in the fine arts to enhance degrees in architecture, fashion and interior design led him to a venture in a collaborative, Chicago-based fashion design company and a lifestyle fashion & furnishings gallery.  But while Jeffery’s own clothing label sold through select boutique retailers worldwide for over 10 years, his love for creating sense of place soon became his career focus. In 1984, after serving as lead designer for Interiors by Town & Country in Allendale, Michigan, Jeffery Roberts started his own full-service design firm that has grown to encompass JEFFERY ROBERTS DESIGNS and JEFFERY ROBERTS HOMES inc. Working from studios in Chicago, Illinois and East Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jeffery has built a loyal national and international clientele.

Inspiration

From his studio in downtown Chicago, Jeffery is energized by dynamic architecture, the arts and the all-natural power of Lake Michigan. Residing and working in historic East Grand Rapids, he draws from an active, family-oriented community that merges global awareness with small-town values.

Philosophy

Good for the environment and even better for budgets, Jeffery is dedicated to reinventing products and materials from the past into artful, functional features for today’s home whenever possible.

Resume

Education

2002 Allied Member American Society of Interior Designers ASID

1990 BFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Fashion Design

1982 ASSOCIATES DEGREE, Grand Rapids Community College
Business Management & Administration

1981 ASSOCIATES DEGREE, Grand Rapids Community College
Applied Arts & Sciences, Archictectural Drafting, Interior Design

Employment

2006 to PRESENT, JEFFERY ROBERTS HOMES inc, State of Michigan, Builder & Contractor of large scale residential commissions. Adds full contracting services to the existing services of JEFFERY ROBERTS Companies.

2003 to PRESENT, JEFFERY ROBERTS PROPERTIES LLC, Residential development and property management company. Adds full service management and caretaker services to the existing services of the JEFFERY ROBERTS Companies.

2001 GALLERY 37, CITY OF CHICAGO, Chicago, IL Art Instructor- Kenwood Academy. Art classes teaching 20 students the Design/Build process.

1993 to 2000, ROBAVE, Chicago, IL Fashion Designer/Artist. A  Collaborative partnership and design company. The JEFFERY ROBERTS  Label - National sales representation to over 185 national and international Accounts.

1993 – 1999, ROBAVE Lifestyle store, Chicago, IL, Featuring limited edition designer clothing, objects and furniture designs under the JEFFERY ROBERTS and ROBAVE designer labels.

1987 to PRESENT, JEFFERY ROBERTS DESIGN, Chicago, IL Owner & Interior Designer/Contractor. A full service design firm specializing in large scale residential and small commercial commissions.

1982 to 1988, INTERIOR’S BY TOWN & COUNTRY, Allendale, MI
Head/Lead Interior Designer. Directed a staff of 4 and lead the design team on all projects. Residential and Commercial.

Editorials

Publication: Michigan BLUE, Volume 8, Number 3
Article Title: Crafting Home
Date: Fall 2013

Publication: Grand Rapids Magazine
Article: "If You Build It They Will Shop"
Date: December 2012

Publication: Grand Rapids Magazine, Advertising Supplement
Article Title: Redesigning Home 2011
Date: August 2011

Publication: Grand Rapids Magazine, Volume 1 number 1
Article Title: Waste not, want not
Date: January 2011

Publication: Michigan BLUE, Volume 5 number 3
Article Title: Blending with Nature, Repurposing the Past
Date: Fall 2010

Publication: Grand Rapids Magazine Volume 47, number 2
Article Title: “Reinventing The Bathroom”
Date: February 2010

Publication: Great American Kitchens, Volume V
The Fine Art of Kitchen Design
Article Title: “Acquired Age”
Date: 2009

Publication: Dream Baths
Article Title: “British Beauty”
Date: Fall/Winter 2009

Publication: American Craft
Article Title: “On Motor Row”
Date: December 2004 / January 2005

Publication: Grand Rapids Magazine, Volume 47, number 6
Article Title: Wilcox Gardens, once upon a time
Date: June 2010

Publication: Grand Rapids Magazine, Volume 47, number 7
Article Title: Wilcox Gardens, preserving the past
Date: July 2010

Publication: Grand Rapids Magazine, Volume 47 number 8
Article Title: Wilcox Gardens, inspiring new beginnings
Date: August 2010

Publication: Grand Rapids Magazine, Volume 47 number 9
Article Title: Wilcox Gardens, crafting the next chapter
Date: September 2010

Publication: Grand Rapids Magazine, Volume 47 number 11
Article Title: Wilcox Gardens, Beyond a builder
Date: November 2010

Publication: Grand Rapids Magazine, Volume 1 number 1
Article Title: Wilcox Gardens, Treasured Destination
Date: January 2011

Publication: Grand Rapids Magazine
Article Title: WILCOX GARDENS-beyond a builder
Date: Nov 2010

Publication: Michigan BLUE Magazine
Article Title: BLENDING WITH NATURE, REPURPOSING the PAST
Date: Fall 2010

Publication: Grand Rapids Magazine
Article Title: WILCOX GARDENS-crafting the next chapter
Date: Sept 2010

Publication: Grand Rapids Magazine
Article Title: WILCOX GARDENS-inspiring new beginnings
Date: Aug 2010

Publication: Grand Rapids Magazine
Article Title: WILCOX GARDENS-preserving the past
Date: July 2010

Publication: Grand Rapids Magazine
Article Title: WILCOX GARDENS-once upon a time
Date: June 2010

Publication: Grand Rapids Press
Article Title: SHOWING OFF, Terry Finch Hamilton
Date: April25, 2010

Publication: Grand Rapids Magazine
Article Title: REINVENTING the BATHROOM
Date: February 2010

Publication: Great American Kitchens
Article Title: ACQUIRED AGE
Date: 2009

Publication: Dream Baths
Article Title: BRITISH BEAUTY
Date: 2008

Publication: Dream Baths
Article Title: Cover Image, James Yochum Photographer
Date: 2008

Publication:Better Homes and Gardens, Kitchen and Bath Ideas,
Article Title: PLEASURE TROVE, Lynne Meredith Schreiber
Date: March/April 2006

 

SUBZERO/WOLF, SEMI FINALIST, Kitchen Design National Competition, United States, 2006

SUBZERO/WOLF, FIRST PLACE, Kitchen Design Regional Competition, Illinois, 2005-06

ART RULES, Kathy Kaplan, The Chicago Tribune Magazine, April 2002

THIRST, Stacy Wallace-Albert, the A-List, May 1999

40 UNDER 40, Meera Somasundararm, Crain’s Chicago Business, Nov 1998
ART IN FASHION, Lori Price, Daily Herald, Oct 1998
IN STYLE, Scott Hardesty, The Doings, Mar 1998

CULTURE CLASH, Barbara Claiborne, Essence, Sept 1997
MULTIPLE CHOICES, Jack Perno, Chicago Social, Sept 1997
WINNING CITY STYLE, Maureen Jenkins, Chicago Sun Times, June 1997
SHEER FEAR, Maureen Jenkins, Chicago Sun Times, May 1997
LOFT STYLE, Linda Coleman, Chicago Social, Apr 1997

GREATEST OF EASE, Elaine Glusac, Women’s Wear Daily, Oct 1996
THE NEXT WAVE, Elaine Glusac, Women’s Wear Daily, Oct 1996
THE CREATIVE EYE, Kathy Kaplan, The Chicago Tribune Magazine, June 1996
IT’S SPRING FOR A CHANGE, Barri Leiner, The A-List, Apr 1996
HOW TWO ARTISTS LAUNCHED A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS, Polly Ullrich, Fiber Arts, Mar/Apr 1996
INTERIORS, Stacy Wallace Albert, The A-List, July/Aug 1995

STORE GIVES FASHION FEEL OF ART, Rosalind Cummings, 
Chicago Sun Times, Oct 1994
WEAR FASHION IS ART, Mukai Ebel, Indigo, Sept/Oct 1994
ADD A TWIST TO BLACK TIE GALA, Maureen Jenkins, Chicago Sun Times Oct 1994
TAILOR MADE, Michael Cook, The Third Word, Apr/Mar 1994

ROBAVE: A GALLERY FOR CLOTHES OPENS IN CHICAGO, Fiberarts, Mar/Apr 1994
BEHIND THE SCENES, Kim Van Bussum, City Magazine, Feb/Mar 1994
HANGING OUT, Hugh Hart, Chicago Tribune, 1992

Skills and Services

Complete Interior Design Services
Schematic Design Concepts, Design Layouts, Sketches
Architectural Design Services
Collaborate with Architects in prevailing jurisdiction to obtain complete sets of stamped and approved working drawings
Licensed Builder / Contractor
Complete Color and finish boards for client presentation
Complete specification sheets of every product for contractors and installers 
Electrical systems design and fixture specifications
Plumbing systems design and fixture specifications
Custom millwork design and specifications
Doors and Windows design and specifications
Cabinetry design
Custom rug and carpet design
Custom ceramic tile design
Floor covering and ceiling detail designs and specifications
Complete color scheme for interior and exterior, with specifications
Closet design
Custom furniture design
Furniture selection, purchase, installation
Accessory design, selection, purchase, installation
Window Treatment design, specification, purchase, installation
Interior and exterior surface product specifications
Landscape design
Full communication with contractors and sub-contractors
Oversee complete scope of project from start to finish
Complete communication with the client at all times
Property management and caretaking services

“I take the client from design concept to handing them the key to the front door and everything in between.”

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330 Eastern Avenue SE - Grand Rapids, MI 49503 - 616.454.9490