S3 E9 The Luxury of Inconvenience with Robert Finger

A century-old Cape Cod wooden house seems to be the point of departure for interiors architect Robert Finger's journeys into desire. 

At first I thought of it very similar to a juicy and delicious piece of candy that releases a range of magical sensations when you bite into it. But after we spent some time chatting, it became clear that that little house is a marvelous container of unique and intense experiences that have shaped the lives of all those who have spent time in it.

It is the house that allows its tenants to open up, release, and practice their singular sense of desire. One with nature, the house is a launchpad for creativity.


A founding partner of Fogarty Finger, Robert Finger leads firm interior projects. Graduating from Syracuse University, Robert developed a passion for design at the venerable architecture firm, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), where he oversaw several international projects. In 2003, he and fellow SOM collaborator, Chris Fogarty, started architecture and interiors firm, Fogarty Finger. 

Robert brings a unique approach to commercial interiors, a devotion to 20th-century modernism, and a love of historic preservation that emerged from childhood summers on Cape Cod. Through design work, he translates idealism and politics of the modern age into living in contemporary society. He is also passionate about textiles, ranging from historic Persian and Peruvian fabrics to the work of modern designers such as Hella Jongerius. In addition, he takes inspiration from movies and the representation of reality captured in interiors, architecture and landscapes that communicate time, place, and mood.

With a breadth of experience in luxury residential design, Robert’s emphasis on scale and materials brings refinement and detail to commercial projects. Robert has designed award-winning, corporate office interiors in New York and the Northeast for major clients including: BXP, Rockefeller Group, Rudin Management, Tishman Speyer, and Vornado Realty Trust.