“Robert looks for all inspirations in landscapes and his favorite, waterscapes.”
Robert Merchant began work in the field of art and design after receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Environmental Design from The Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California.
He accepted his first design position in Zurich, Switzerland, and subsequently gained valuable experience working for European Hotel and Restaurant operators while residing in Zurich, Stockholm, and Brussels. He later returned to Los Angeles and established the firm of Merchant/Associates and family name Merchant/Myers Inc
From his company’s inception, immediate commissions included major projects in areas as diverse as Hawaii, West Berlin, and the Middle East. By 1987, Mr. Merchant’s influence extended to the Pacific Rim countries including Japan, China, and Korea. His international experience has given him valuable insight into the practicalities of function and management in the hospitality market, as well as inspiration for imaginative yet tasteful and relevant design.
Mr. Merchant’s design philosophy relies on the integration of the design team and artists with the architects, engineers, and contractors assigned to each project. He is cognizant of the needs of all team members to effectively serve the owner/operator in providing a completely integrated design concept.
In addition to his professional achievements, Mr. Merchant has instructed hotel and restaurant design courses at The Art Center College of Design. He was recently honored In Tokyo by Clients, Colleagues, Architects, and Contractors associated with his 7 major hotel projects completed in Japan.
Robert Merchant’s design and art philosophy is broad in scope and provides a completely integrated art and design concept. His art is accomplished with acrylic, watercolor, and pastel. Robert looks for all inspirations in landscapes and his favorite, waterscapes.