The Curated House


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Michael Smith, a native of California, studied interior design at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, then returned to the U.S. to work under the tutelage of legendary antiques dealer Gep Durenberger. Next he moved to New York in an association with noted designer John Saladino. After three years, he was back in California to open a home furnishings store. His design firm, Michael S Smith Inc, was launched in 1990, expanding from projects solely for private clients to his Jasper line of fine furniture and fabrics sold exclusively in multi-line showrooms worldwide. Smith has been named three times to Architectural Digest's "The AD 100", and is the recipient of the Pacific Design Center's West Week "Stars of Design." He has been named Designer of the Year by Elle Decor as well as being named to that publication's A-List. In 2010, Smith was appointed by President Obama to the Committee for the Preservation of the White House.


"[Michael Smith's] talent and discernment are evident on each page of this large-scale new book. . . The Curated House covers varied and dramatic geographic territory including London, the Midwest, Madrid (his partner is the American Ambassador to Spain), and all over California. . . It's a beautiful book, and one to study for years. This is a must for a complete design and reference library. Bravo, Michael."

"Hone in on the fascinating inspiration and sources of Michael J. Smith's stunning designs. This book offers highly anticipated insight to the luminary's day-to-day life."

"Michael S. Smith is a philosophical designer. And because The Curated House: Creating Style, Beauty, and Balance is a remarkably personal book, a lot of what he believes about the constraints of style and the deep connections of tradition to his work are clearly voiced. This collection of new interiors, his first book in seven years, invites readers into Smith's own dramatic Los Angeles house, spare desert retreat and dazzling Manhattan apartment."

"When it comes to learning from the best and being inspired, few designers resonate as far and wide as Michael S. Smith."

"Chock-full of refined designs from California to England, Michael's blend of European classicism and American modernism creates universal spaces that stand the test of time."

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