Richter Design is all about Re-Discovery. Taking inspiration from the past, re-purposing vintage items, and re-imagining family treasures are sure-fire ways of creating highly personal spaces. Richter Design’s work is about listening to clients and responding to their wants, needs, likes and dislikes…. Just as no two people are the same, no two homes should be either. Each of us has a rich history, and our homes should tell that story…
Bob Richter’s love of design has been ingrained in him since he was a latchkey kid in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Often ‘refreshing’ his mother’s house before she returned home from work, Bob got his inspirations from old movies and attic treasures. He began collecting antiques at the age of 7, while tagging along with his older brother, thus beginning a life-long love affair with garage sales, flea markets and thrift shops.
Bob grew up working for the family interior design business, which specialized in custom window treatments. There he began his appreciation of textile and color. Operating under the motto, “Just a Shade Better,” the business was run by his grandmother who trained Bob’s eye and gave him a strong design vocabulary. His grandmother still remains one of Bob’s greatest inspirations.
Upon his arrival in New York over 20 years ago, Bob began working for an antiques dealer who specialized in Art Deco. He worked for her throughout his education at NYU, where he earned his BA in Communications, and his MA in Education.
Specializing in a marriage of comfort and smart design, Bob offers up a fresh take on living with “stuff.” In fact, in the industry, many call Bob “Mr. Stuff.” His tongue-in-cheek mantra, “More is More,” speaks to his love of art and antiques, which he culls from around the globe. The Paris flea markets are a favorite haunt, as Bob’s style is decidedly French, but most of his greatest finds have come right form the heart of NYC, his home, and all-time favorite city.
Eclectic, fun and colorful, Bob is a mirror of his design work, which graces the homes of many a happy client. For Bob, the best part of his job is the hunt. “I’m a hopeless shopper, and if I had to only buy for myself, there would be paintings under the bed and lamps in the closets. This way I get to spread the wealth.”
FOR MORE ABOUT BOB, see one of the HGTV Profiles here.