Insights

Influences, perspectives, and seminal moments.

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“We have reached such a point of happiness and joy with our project, turning a house into a home – our very own minimalistic, understated and contemporary elegance in our inner city, yet peaceful, hidden and tranquil sanctuary.  Thank you for demonstrating how you share the love in what you do so expertly in design and client satisfaction.”

Private Client

Wood & Craft

The foundational ethos behind Marguerite Rodgers advances from Meg Rodgers’ formative years as an artist and woodworker. The singular craft, use of materials, and collaborative process the firm is known for can be traced to Meg’s love of all things beautifully made of wood. A Woodworking Major at the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts), she went on to establish Rodgers Design Group, a woodworking and design-build company.

Art & INDUSTRY

Along with Meg’s first iteration of what would ultimately become Marguerite Rodgers Interior Design, she purchased a 25,000-square-foot warehouse on North American Street, then an abandoned industrial corridor, to house her woodworking studio and business along with other artists and craftspeople. This bold move created a hub of creative activity and collaboration, which remains at the core of Marguerite Rodgers today.

Dining & Hospitality

A seminal moment, Meg worked with restauranteur Neil Stein on the legendary Philadelphia restaurant, Striped Bass. They had collaborated on numerous restaurants, but Striped Bass brought Meg and the firm national recognition. Esquire Magazine named Striped Bass the “Best New Restaurant in the Country” in 1993; an award Marguerite Rodgers Interior Design received again in 2003 for Lacroix at The Rittenhouse. During that intervening decade, the team at Marguerite Rodgers grew to meet a steady flow of hospitality commissions that included Rouge, Susanna Foo, Le Mas Perrier, and FORK. The firm gained a stellar reputation working with revered chefs — Susanna Foo, Tony Clark, George Perrier, and Jean-Marie Lacroix, among them — and restaurateurs Neil Stein, Joe Wolf, and Ellen Yin. During this period, the firm also received accolades for distinguished residential projects in Boston, Connecticut, Philadelphia, Manhattan, and beyond.

CULTURE & Discovery

The culture at Marguerite Rodgers is steadfastly open, curious, hardworking, and pragmatic. A lifelong passion for movies and cinematography directly influences Meg and her firm’s ability to stage a scene — for a room, restaurant, or an entire home — that illuminates and personifies the lives within. A love for travel also fuels the team’s creativity, influencing a sensibility unrelated to trends. Collections, books, colors, composition, textures, and materials thoughtfully come together for very personal, intriguing spaces. Asian-inspired design, in particular, lends serenity and worldliness characteristic to every Marguerite Rodgers project.  

Heart & Home

The evolution and culture of Marguerite Rodgers and places dear to Meg are inextricably tied. Maine is where Meg grew up and feels at home. It is an anchor where the current woodworking studio and network of artisans is based. Philadelphia is her adopted city and professional home base. Italy represents an opportunity for new exploration and the discovery of artisans, tradespeople, and antique dealers. As a European outpost for the firm, Italy provides new and historic inspirations. All these places are deeply foundational. While Maine and Italy are perhaps lesser-known touchstones, in Philadelphia, the heart and soul of Marguerite Rodgers is more outwardly evident. Known for establishing a groundbreaking artistic community in the formally industrial Kensington neighborhood, the company’s existence spearheaded the revitalization of this and other Philadelphia districts. The numerous Marguerite Rodgers-designed restaurants put Philadelphia on the map and helped usher in an era of sidewalk dining previously unheard of in the city. And, serious about its corporate responsibility and giving back, the firm passionately supports animal welfare and arts and community organizations, including Philadelphia SPCA, Last Chance Ranch, InLiquid, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Barnes Foundation, and the Lutheran Settlement House, among many others.