17 January, 2009

"Hail to the Designer . . . "

Good afternoon,

I was delighted to hear that one of my favourite designers, Michael S. Smith, would be handling the interiors for the Obama's family quarters in the White House. I own several of Michael's design books and always had the greatest admiration for his sense of style.

"Santa Monica designer Michael S. Smith has won the commission to redecorate the White House living quarters for the Obama family. "He sounds like a wise choice, with his interest in traditional though not pedantic museum settings," said historian William Seale, author of "The President's House: A History." "What works best in the White House is someone who is immersed in the past and can design in a modern way."

While working with clients such as Steven Spielberg, Dustin Hoffman and Cindy Crawford, Smith has achieved a reputation for balancing the glamorous and the functional, the modern and the classic. "

David A. Keeps
January 17th, L.A. Times
click here for the complete article

I have always found Michael's work to be incredibly stylish and modern, yet slyly simple. I can't wait to see what he, in partnership with the Obama's, is able to create for the private living space in the White House.


for more information on Michael S. Smith


Anonymous said...

I heard a rumor that when they tried to contact Michael for a comment, he was at the Pottery Barn sample sale looking for things for the girl's rooms. hahaha.
Can't wait to see what he's able to do with the 100K budget.


Anonymous said...

I was wondering if it might be Daryll Carter from D.C. ? or maybe even Thomas Phesant ?

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