It's not about bright colors and crazy patterns, and it's not about what's "hip" and new, yet it's also not about making rooms that feel like they're straight out of a history book. Robert Stern's rooms are successful because they "[fuse] classicism with wit and modern amenities, whether in reinventing the Shingle Style, Colonial Revival, or Arts and Crafts, to name only three of the many building types he has reintroduced to the contemporary market. Scale, light, pattern, symmetry, material-there is a history to what gives us comfort, and we ought to pay attention. People do." Stern's rooms often feature muted colors, like ivory, camel, and pale yellows and greens. Simple shapes and occasional patterns make his rooms feel interesting yet free of distractions, allowing the focus of the room to be where it should be: its inhabitants.
In addition to his interior designs, Stern (of RobertA. M. Stern Architects, LLP) is well-known as an architect. He is the Dean of the Yale School of Architecture, and his firm has designed just about everything you can imagine: libraries, museums, schools/university buildings, a performing arts center, residential buildings (such as Fifteen Central Park West), "office buildings and corporate headquarters" (such as the 57-story Comcast Center in Center City Philadelphia), and hotels (such as those for the Walt Disney Company in Orlando, Florida; Paris; and Tokyo). Robert A. M. Stern Architects, LLP, was the co-master planner for the town of Celebration, Florida, and is partnering with the City and State of New York to help redesign the 42nd Street theater block in New York City, among other impressive projects.
Robert A. M. Stern Architects, LLP, "maintains an attention to detail and commitment to design quality", earning them the National Honor Awards of the American Institute of Architects, among other awards, citations, and recognition.
You can see more photos of Robert A. M. Stern's designs on his website, where you can also read more about him and Robert A. M. Stern Architects, LLP.