STUDIO PROFILE + APPROACH

Rohe Creative is a Philadelphia-based interior design studio that specializes in creating curated, crafted and concept driven hospitality spaces. Our design team is youthful and inspired, with a diverse background of skills; from technical training in architecture and interiors to custom furniture design, product development and styling. Together we take a hands-on-approach, guiding each project from concept to completion. We are not tied to any single style or period. We prefer to take a step back before thoughtfully approaching a new project, then fully immersing ourselves in that world to ensure each project tells its own story.

KATE ROHRER

Owner + Creative Director 

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KATE WAS RAISED IN BUCKS COUNTY, PA WITH A LOVE FOR ART, DESIGN AND CRAFT FROM DAY ONE. IN 2001, SHE MOVED TO PHILADELPHIA TO ATTEND MOORE COLLEGE OF ART + DESIGN, WHERE SHE RECEIVED HER BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS IN 2005. WHILE STUDYING, KATE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO INTERN AT THE INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED ARCHITECTURE FIRM, KLING-STUBBINS, AFTER TAKING 1st PLACE IN THEIR STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION. SHE ALSO ASSISTED THE CONSTRUCTION MANAGER OF THE HOSPITALITY POWERHOUSE, STARR RESTAURANTS, WHERE SHE COULD HAVE BEEN SEEN WAITING TABLES + SLINGING COCKTAILS IN THE EVENINGS. THAT REAL LIFE EXPERIENCE HAS PROVED INVALUABLE, AND INFORMS SO MANY OF HER HOSPITALITY PROJECTS TO DATE. 

WITH 10 YEARS EXPERIENCE, KATE STARTED HER PROFESSIONAL CAREER WITH THE PHILLY BASED HOSPITALITY FIRM, DAROFF DESIGN, AS A PROJECT DESIGNER.  SHE WAS INTRODUCED TO A WIDE ARRAY OF FF&E SOURCES, INTERNATIONAL MILLS AND MANUFACTURERS. SHE WORKED ON PROJECTS SUCH AS THE RITZ-CARLTON CLUBS IN ST.THOMAS AND ASPEN, ONTARIO LOTTERY & GAMING CASINOSCOMCAST TOWER EXECUTIVE SUITES AND SMALL, BUT FAST PACED OTG CAFE PROJECTS IN TUCSON, PHILADELPHIA, CHICAGO AND NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS.

IN 2008, KATE BEGAN WORKING ALONGSIDE THE OWNER OF SLDESIGN, A SMALL BOUTIQUE FIRM IN PHILADELPHIA.  COLLECTIVELY, THE CREATIVE DUO DESIGNED AWARD WINNING RESTAURANTS, CAFES, HOTELS, BARS AND LOUNGES OF ALL STYLES, SIZES AND BUDGETS. SHE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAILOR EACH PROJECT TO THE CLIENTS UNIQUE NEEDS AND WAS INVOLVED IN EVERY PART ALONG THE WAY. THEY WERE THE PROUD RECIPIENTS OF HOSPITALITY DESIGN AWARDS, AND HAVE BEEN PUBLICIZED IN TRAVEL AND LEISURE, ELLE DECOR, INTERIOR DESIGN, HOSPITALITY DESIGN, DESIGN BUREAU AND PHILADELPHIA MAGAZINE, TO NAME A FEW. YOU CAN READ NUMEROUS WRITE UPS ONLINE AT EATER, GRUB STREET AND APARTMENT THERAPY. HER TIME AT THESE FIRMS GAVE HER THE DISTINCT PLEASURE OF WORKING ALONGSIDE THE BEST OF THE BUSINESS; BR GUEST RESTAURANTS, STARWOOD CAPITAL GROUP, TOWER INVESTMENTS, ONE SHOT COFFEE, MICHAEL MINA RESTAURANTS, MGM GRAND, MICHAEL SCHULSON, ROB WASSERMAN, STARR RESTAURANTS AND LDV HOSPITALITY.

KATE STARTED ROHE CREATIVE TO BUILD UPON HER HOSPITALITY PAST AND CREATE A COLLECTIVE OF CREATIVE SERVICES ALL HER OWN. SHE IS PASSIONATE ABOUT ALL ASPECTS OF DESIGN AND HER SMALL WOMEN OWNED AND OPERATED BUSINESS. 

KATE HAS A UNIQUE UNDERSTANDING OF DESIGN PAST AND PRESENT. SHE IS ABLE TO SEAMLESSLY CONCEPTUALIZE AND CREATE, WHILE BEING SENSITIVE TO BUDGETS AND TIME CONSTRAINTS. 

IN HER FREE TIME, KATE CAN BE FOUND ENJOYING TIME WITH HER FIVE YEAR OLD SON, OLIVER, AND HER PARTNER RYAN.  MOST LIKELY DRAGGING THEM TO A FLEA MARKET, OR CONTINUALLY RENOVATING THEIR FAMILY HOME IN KENSINGTON, PHILADELPHIA.