John D. Oetgen holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts with a major in Interior Design from Georgia State University in Atlanta. He established Oetgen Design in 1977.
He was named one of the 100 most influential designers in America by HOUSE BEAUTIFUL in their November 1995 100th anniversary issue and has remained on their top 100 list each succeeding year. His work has been featured in many national and regional publications, including HOUSE & GARDEN, HOUSE BEAUTIFUL, ELLE DÉCOR, W, BETTER HOMES & GARDENS, INTERIOR DESIGN, SOUTHERN ACCENTS, VERANDA, ATLANTA, ATLANTA HOMES & LIFESTYLES, and ESQUIRE.
He has been featured in several books including: ART by House Beautiful, INTERIOR VISIONS, GREAT AMERICAN DESIGNERS by Chris Madden, FROM PLANTATION TO PEACHTREE, SHOWCASE OF INTERIOR DESIGN, ATLANTA AT HOME by Frances Schultz, SOUTHERN STYLE by Mark Mayfield, THE NEW AMERICAN LIVING ROOM, and A HOUSE IN THE SOUTH.
His residential projects include homes in New York, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, California, Mexico, Minnesota, Florida, New Mexico and Washington, D.C. Commercial projects include: restaurants for the Peasant Restaurant Group in Atlanta, Washington D.C., and Minneapolis; TAP Gastropub; The University Financing Foundation office, law firms and financial group offices; The Greensboro Country Club; and the corporate offices for a women's apparel company. Other design projects include: a collection of upholstered furniture, "Collection O", for Decorators Walk; a furniture collection for Jerry Pair & Associates; collections of fabric designs for Decorators Walk, Schumacher, and Brunschwig & Fils; the Neiman Marcus-Southern Accents Holiday House; table settings for Tiffany & Company; table settings for International Fine Art Fair, New York; exhibition design for Woodruff Memorial Arts Center, Atlanta; three tables for DIFFA Dining by Design, New York and Atlanta; and an exhibition of paintings and drawings at Heath Gallery, Atlanta.
He has been the recipient of the following awards and recognition: Southeastern Residential Designer of the Year 2000 sponsored by Atlanta Market Center and VERANDA magazine; Top 20 list of American interior designers by ELLE DÉCOR in 1994; named one of 100 most influential designers in America by HOUSE BEAUTIFUL every year since 1995; first prize in National Design Award Competition sponsored by RESTAURANT MAGAZINE and second place for Mick's Midtown; and the first Community Service Award from the Atlanta Market Center in 1995. Among the charity events and projects in which he has participated are eight Atlanta Symphony Decorators Showhouses and several Egleston Festival of Trees. He has designed numerous charity events, including the Swan House Ball for the Atlanta History Center and the Garden of Eden Ball for the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. He has designed other parties including the Piedmont Arts Festival Party, the Much Ado about Midtown Party, the Nexus Art Party, the American Threads Exhibit at Rhodes Hall, and vignettes for the High Museum Antiques Show. He served as co-chairman of the opening night party of the Cirque du Soleil, which benefited AID Atlanta and designed the Georgia Power hospitality tent for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. He is a past member of the board of directors of the Atlanta Ballet and has been an active member of the High Museum, Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.