Robert Sumrell

Set Designer

Other credits: Prop Stylist

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North Carolina native Robert Sumrell fell into Set Design after doing a few favors for photographers while he was a lead designer at an architecture studio. Within a few years, Robert became a frequent contributer to Italian Vogue, Numero, GQ as well as designing unique sets and environments for clients Target, Kate Spade, Katy Perry, Beyonce and Solange. Robert frequently collaborates with internationally recognized photographers including Ryan McGinley, Collier Schorr, Jeff Burton, Jason Bell and Roe Ethridge.

Robert uses his experience and degrees in both Interior Design and Architecture to create memorable and stylish sets that blend a vast knowledge of decoration, an architect’s sensibility and a mischievousness that retains the imagination of childhood. In addition to photo campaigns, Robert designs sets for runway shows, commercials, concerts, events. His work has been exhibited at MoMA, the New Museum and the MAK Center Austria.

*Full disclosure, Robert's first Set was realized in 1989 for the rave-reviewed production of Dracula staged at his High School. Robert also starred as Arthur Seward in the production.


Tiffany Holiday 2020
Tiffany & Co. (Advertising)
published: December 2020
photographer: Jessica Craig-Martin
Nordstrom x Thom Browne S/S 20
Nordstrom (Advertorial)
published: March 2020
photographer: Luis Alberto Rodriguez
Return to Tiffany Spring 2020
Tiffany & Co. (Advertising)
published: February 2020
photographer: Jessica Craig-Martin
Billie Eilish
Apple (Advertising)
published: October 2019
photographer: Ryan McGinley
1017 ALYX 9SM x Nordstrom
Nordstrom (Advertising)
published: September 2019
Garage Magazine (Editorial)
published: September 2019
photographer: Ryan McGinley
Garage Magazine Fall/Winter 2019 Cover
Garage Magazine (Magazine Cover)
published: September 2019
photographer: Ryan McGinley
Rolling Stone September 2019 Cover
Rolling Stone (Magazine Cover)
published: September 2019
photographer: Ryan McGinley
Birkenstock x Valentino 2019
Birkenstock (Advertising)
published: June 2019
photographer: Roe Ethridge
Numero Homme Berlin Spring/Summer 2019 C...
Numero Homme Berlin (Magazine Cover)
season: Spring/Summer 2019

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