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Designer of the week

Robert Kaner

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Princeton- and Harvard-educated Robert Kaner brings a compelling set of qualities to his interiors: a refined aesthetic sensibility, a keen analytic ability and a meticulous attention to detail. Following a career as a corporate attorney with a leading global law firm, Kaner returned to school to pursue his passion for interior design. Within a short time after founding his design firm, Kaner’s work received national recognition in several leading design publications including Interior Design and Metropolitan Home magazines.

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Robert Kaner was born in Detroit, Michigan. Growing up in geographic proximity to the Cranbrook Acadamy and the Herman Miller Furniture Company, design and a modernist sensibility were part of his consciousness from an early age.

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Robert Kaner’s former career stands out: prior to design school, he was a Harvard-educated partner at a major corporate law firm. Though he has been a full-time designer for over a decade, his unique background informs his work in subtle ways, like superlative project management skills and a problem-solving approach to spatial challenges. That’s not to say that Kaner’s interiors are pure intellect – his inviting take on modernism is full of fetching details, like a prewar Gramercy apartment with a series of references to the original segmented iron windows, or a Georgian Revival dining room that pairs subtle reds with a stark white pendant piece from Pallucco. That being said, Kaner is probably not the designer for a period recreation or ubertraditional home – there is a streak of the cutting edge in all of his work.

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In designing interior spaces, Kaner combines a modernist design approach with an appreciation for gracious living. Each space takes on a distinctive look and feel developed for the particular project – the result of a considered design process which focuses on the client’s lifestyle and the character of the architectural surroundings.

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The firm provides a full complement of interior design, renovation and project management services. Projects have ranged from a complete renovation of a 1930s Georgian colonial home, including historical restoration, new kitchen and baths and full furnishings; to the finishing out and furnishing of a new glass and steel apartment residence with site-specific millwork and custom and production furniture; to the renovation and furnishing of an Art Deco home and pool house on an island near Miami.

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