Every interior design commission represents a chance to create something that never existed before — an opportunity to step inside a client’s dreams and fashion a new world. Since 1980 Marguerite Rodgers Ltd. has been doing just that — listening, imagining, and forging unforgettable spaces that speak for, and of, the client. Classic symmetry is at work in the firm’s designs, as are clean lines, an accommodating scale, and a multifaceted vocabulary of materials, textures, and finishes. Built on long-term relationships and an overall desire to get things just right, Marguerite Rodgers Ltd., in its third decade, holds an enduring reputation as a firm that fully respects its clients and successfully exceeds expectations.
Juggling up to 13 clients at one time, Marguerite Rodgers, also known as “Meg,” and her staff continuously push themselves beyond the limits. Using the latest technology that will guarantee a response when traveling to job sites and being accessible at virtually all times allows them to be proactive in all of their projects. The firm’s work has been nationally awarded and recognized for interior design projects that spans a variety of types-- all which present different challenges and opportunities.
Since its inception, Marguerite Rodgers Ltd. has become a dynamic and driving force within the Philadelphia and East Coast metropolitan areas. The quality of Old World craftsmanship and attention to the smallest detail are signature trademarks of Marguerite Rodgers Ltd. Reflecting the taste of the client, each environment is unique and each project approached individually. Meg often custom designs furniture, cabinetry and accessories that are implemented in-house. With a diversified background which includes woodworking, construction management and interior design, they have the resources to achieve highly custom designs.
Supervising a team of designers, consultants, contractors and administrative support personnel, Meg becomes involved in every step of the design process including the preliminary client interviews, initial planning and conceptual design, construction administration, selections of furniture, artwork and accessories, all while playing the role of Creative Director and client advocate. In addition, Meg functions as the President and CEO directing all company’s activities including financial management, staffing and real-estate management.
In 1984, an expansion enabled Meg to purchase and renovate a 25,000 square foot, two-story industrial facility that has become home to the firm. This award-winning space includes the firm’s design office and rental studios for other artists and artisans including two fully equipped cabinetry and woodworking shops. In addition, the firm has cultivated a co-op of gifted craftsmen, who create many of the custom pieces that come off the drawing boards at Marguerite Rodgers Ltd.
Open the door to the offices of Marguerite Rodgers Ltd., chances are you will be greeted by a cat, and met with an echo of laughter. You will see concept boards in the process of development as well as the boards that trace the history of projects, ideas, artifacts and objects that reflect the firm’s work on private residences, hotels, condominiums, schools and universities, high-end restaurants, and private clubs.
The daughter of a naval officer and the youngest of five siblings, Marguerite V. Rodgers was born in Bethesda, Maryland, in 1953. Her family moved from home to home during Meg’s formative years until finally settling in Maine, where Meg was as influenced by her father’s ingenuity as by her mother’s appreciation for beautiful things.
Fascinated by composition and color, materials and craft, Meg arrived in Philadelphia as a college freshman in 1972 and soon began to explore media ranging from fibers to wood. By her sophomore year, Meg was designing and crafting commissioned furniture for clients. By the end of her junior year she had launched a long-term independent study program, using eighteenth century construction techniques and the help of friends to build a barn on her parents’ property in Maine.
Meg’s talent for design and her growing aptitude for construction led to a series of gallery, boutique, and residential commissions following her graduation from The University of the Arts. Frequently collaborating with other artists, Meg built the furnishings in her own woodworking shop while working toward a certificate in interior design.
In 1993, Meg took on the design of Striped Bass, a nationally recognized establishment about which Esquire magazine restaurant critic John Mariani would later say, “showed Philadelphia what was possible at the high end.” Striped Bass was designated Restaurant of the Year by Esquire, an honor that would, ten years later, be associated with Lacroix at The Rittenhouse, another Rodgers commission.
Meanwhile, Meg’s work for residential clients was winning accolades of its own. Designing the interiors of private homes, apartments, and condominiums in Boston, Connecticut, Philadelphia, Manhattan, and the Bahamas, Meg earned the respect and the loyalty of clients who appreciated the firm’s steadfast commitment to listening well, designing artfully, and seeing all stages of each installation through.
Today, Meg Rodgers continues to work on projects that range from private residences and condominiums to hotels and restaurants. Her love of culture, landscape, and antiques takes her around the world. Her passion for movies and conversation inspires her work.
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