Domino magazine has just revealed the Obamas' selection of
Michael Smith as White House decorator
Michael Smith's hallmark as a great designer is his deep passion for the many forms of beauty found throughout the
history of the decorative arts as well as his ability to blend pieces from different eras.
Though not thought of as a modernist, Michael Smith does it so well. Just look at the strong, simple forms of this
couch and coffee table paired with an abstract painting that adds hints of color. The Obamas' strike me as a
modern family and maybe some modern furnishings and artwork will find their way into the White House. Michael Smith
has been talking about getting the furniture of the great masters of 20th-century American design, like
Billy Baldwin (see the post I did on Billy Baldwin here), into the executive mansion.
Maybe Michael Smith will create a strong, elegant Master Bedroom in the White House with the drama of a huge
lacquered Chinese screen as a headboard, burled wood night tables, and '40s benches at the end of the bed.
And maybe a Suzani draped over the bed for a truly international flare.
It's genius to put proper furniture in what's usually a functional space. I have never seen pictures of the
White House bathrooms, and wonder if they have the space for a large table like this one.
I think that the Obamas' have made a great selection in choosing Michael Smith.....what do you think?
Pictures Michael Smith Dominio
A home for a family
Michael Smith's newest book
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