Martin Roberts

ENGLAND (1943)
Whether designing furniture or retail environments, Martin Roberts brings a passion for discovery to everything he does. After earning degrees in industrial design engineering and design systems, Roberts went to work for Conran’s Habitat in London, where he created collections of innovative furniture and household items. It wasn’t long before his work was available in more than 26 countries, a success Roberts credits to how he works outward from the core to better interpret and identify a project’s essence. After more than a decade in London, Roberts moved to Chicago, where he started his own design company specializing in product design. He later became a partner in a company that helped define and launch corporate brands, and in 1990, Roberts founded GRID2 International, a specialized design firm that incorporates scientific methodology to inform and enrich design. In 2000, Roberts launched a furniture design company with his son and daughter.

Possessing a unique blend of product design, retail psychology and branding expertise, Roberts is a frequent lecturer and has served as an adjunct professor at Parsons School of Design in New York. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.