Decorator Spotlight: Michael Smith Inc. Interior Design
Continuing with our Featured Interior Designer Series is renowned designer Michael S. Smith. Michael is an iconic visionary. His interior designs have paved the way for contemporary interior design over the past 20 years. His own interior design firm, Michael Smith Inc., was formed in 1990, and the design world hasn’t been the same since.
You may recognize Michael Smith’s name from his selection to be in charge of redecorating the White House for the Obamas. He has a broad educational background from around the world. His studies began at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, and brought him to study further at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Upon returning to the United States, he worked under antiques dealer Gep Durenberger and then designer John Saladino.
Michael Smith’s interior design work is notoriously known for his juxtaposition of modern flair with vintage design incorporating numerous antiques into his modernity. Often referred to as transitional design, his work has been billed as a blend of “European tradition and American modernism.” Not only does he design spectacular interiors, but he also has his own line of fine furniture and fabrics, Jasper.
California native Smith is celebrated by numerous publications as one of the greatest American interior designers. Having won many prestigious awards such as Elle Decor’s Designer of the Year, Architectural Digest 100, and the PDC’s Stars of Design Award (to name a few).
A couple of years ago, Michael Smith was named a member of the Committee of the Preservation of the White House by President Obama. There is no doubt that Michael Smith is one of the finest designers of recent times. Through his use of antique textiles in his designs, the Nazmiyal Collection and Smith have come to foster a special symbiotic relationship.
The rich beauty of Smith’s decorated homes and commercial spaces evoke a deep, thoughtful, and historically modern approach to contemporary design. Whether he’s using a luxurious palette of neutrals for the Oval Office or pairing antique Persian rugs with modern dining sets, Smith’s work is a mark of pure decadent genius.
Check out some designs by Michael Smith Inc. Interior Design:
Learn more about Michael Smith at www.michaelsmithinc.com.