MICHAEL S. SMITH IS APPOINTED INTERIOR DESIGNER TO THE WHITE HOUSE

by Marisa Marcantonio


Photo Courtesy of Rizzoli

As Domino reported earlier today, L.A interior designer Michael S. Smith will be bringing some new design schemes to the White House. His lush, old -world design aesthetic will transform the private quarters. Smith is all about having a wonderful mix-- textiles, beautiful woods, interesting materials and stunning decorative objects. His love of Georgian architecture and interiors inform is work, as do his global travels. Ethnic textiles, often suzanis, bring that well- traveled sensibility. In addition, I suspect he is a bit of an Anglophile. He studied at the Victoria and Albert Museum where he was submersed in the beauty and history of the British design tradition. This influence is evident in his own product collections. Jasper furniture and fabrics, Visual Comfort Lighting, Kallista and Ann Sacks bath, PFM and Mansour collection are all brit-inflected. But with ease of living and comfort as hallmarks, I think this is a great choice the Obama's have made. Michael loves his labradoodles (Jasper the dog is the mascot of his fabric collection), lets hope the Obama's choose one for First Dog !