Born and raised in Pasadena, California, Jonathan Berger's interest in art and architecture started at an early age. Local museums, such as the Norton Simon and the Huntington Art Gallery as well as the architecture of Wallace Neff, Greene & Greene and Frank Lloyd Wright ignited an enthusiasm which led him to study Art History at the University of California, Berkeley, where he obtained a Bachelors (cum laude) in 1992. As part of his Art History curriculum, he also spent a year in Italy, studying in Venice and then in Bologna, completing his exams in Italian. This proved to be a pivotal year in cementing his life-long passion for architecture and design.
After Berkeley, Jonathan moved to San Francisco where he co-owned an antiques business, buying and importing furniture from Europe. Trading antiques together with his good sense of scale and proportion led Jonathan to advising clients not only on their purchases, but also on the placement of them within their homes. One project led to another and soon Jonathan was designing several homes in San Francisco and Los Angeles, where he was responsible not only for the architectural, but for the interior design details as well. These experiences galvanized Jonathan's decision to pursue Interior Design as a profession where he could combine all of his passions.
Realizing that he lacked some of the technical background of the Interior Design profession, Jonathan decided to move to the heart of the industry and enroll at the New York School of Interior Design where he completed his second degree (with distinction) in 2001.
Through extensive travel abroad, and by regularly attending the fairs and auctions in New York city as well as by attending for the past 11 years the European Fine Arts Fair in Maastricht, the Biennale des Antiquaires and Salon du Dessin in Paris, the London Master Drawings Week and Art Basel, Jonathan has developed a strong background in art and antiques. Such frequency and breadth of travel not only informs and keeps Jonathan ahead of the trends, but also provides for access to incredibly unique architectural, decorative and fine art resources. These experiences have also given Jonathan a discerning eye, rooted in a classical tradition, but with a modern sensibility. As a result, he excells at understanding first the architecture of any project, and then works his skill at integrating furnishings, decorative and fine arts, and his clients' personal collections into a cohesive whole that ultimately reflects the sophistication of each client. This holistic approach combined with his ability to listen to and collaborate with his clients ensures that each project turns out as unique as the clients themselves.
Jonathan is currently working on projects in New York, New Mexico, Bequia, Madrid and Mexico.