Monday’s Masterpiece – If he’s good enough for the White House…

I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that Michael S. Smith is fast becoming the Design God of our time.  He has been in the press non-stop since he redesigned the interiors of the White House for the Obamas, and has designed ranges for so many luxurious brands it’s hard to count, ranging from lighting fixtures, rugs and tiles to bathroom fittings, upholstery trimmings and home fragrances.  
His typical aesthetic is very very different to the styles I am normally attracted to, with liberal use of antiques and very traditionally informed furnishings, but he seems to have this genius stroke whereby he can also totally pull off a laid back beach house scheme or inject a property with the feeling of a rambling Portuguese finca. 
The current issue of Architectural Digest features an INSANELY luxurious Manhattan apartment he designed, full of fine art, antiques and 18th century French furniture.  I have to say I would literally have 0% of an idea where to start with a brief of this type – I have a lot to learn!  The property has views over Central Park, but Smith opted to create a focus on the sky using a colour palette of muted greys, creams and lavenders.  He’s filled the property with contrasts, such as placing pieces of modern art above delicate gilded antique commodes, or using contemporary upholstery fabrics on pieces of furniture presided over by very traditional ornate mirrors.  I also love how he always ensures he uses interesting and unusual finishes, such as the leather flooring in the study, the hand-hammered silver patterned floor in the living and dining rooms, and the pearlised ceilings throughout.
Anyway, here’s what you’re really here for!

Another gold dressing room!!  Sh-wiiiing. 
And I’m feeling a lot of love for these bathrooms.

And here are some other schemes from his portfolio that I don’t seem to be able to stop gazing at slack-jawed:

And…here are my picks from his furniture and fabrics line, Jasper:


Oh dear god I love paisley – this is an artist’s impression of what I looked like when I saw this first fabric:


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