YOU MAY KNOW MICHAEL S. SMITH AS THE DESIGNER FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA AND FIRST LADY MICHELLE DURING THEIR TENURE AT THE WHITE HOUSE.
I REMEMBER BEING A YOUNG DESIGN STUDENT.
MR. SMITH HAD LAUNCHED HIS LINE OF PLUMBING FIXTURES FOR KALLISTA.
IMMEDIATELY, I BECAME A STUDENT OF HIS WORK, TASTE, AESTHETIC, AND STYLE.
To many, Michael Smith is considered one of the most original and respected talents in the design industry today.
This California native boasts an international profile of residential, hospitality and commercial clients. Mr. Smith’s style is a seamless blend of European classicism and American modernism.
It is always fresh, always evolving, always underscored by the belief that everyone should live with things they love.
One of his many gifts is that he possesses a curator’s knowledge of and appreciation for the past.
This was nurtured by studies at the Victoria and Albert Museum and extensive work in the antiques business.
Whether in designing his own collection or in the interiors he creates for his clients, a deep respect for tradition—viewed through a modern eye—is ever-present.
Michael studied interior design at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.
In 1984, he continued his studies at 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 moved back to California to open a home furnishings store.
Launched in 1990, his design firm, Michael S Smith Inc, expanded from projects solely for private clients to his Jasper line of fine furniture and fabrics sold exclusively to the trade in multi-line showrooms around the world.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Michael has received many prestigious awards throughout his illustrious career.
Five times he has been named to Architectural Digest’s “The AD 100”.
He is also the recipient of the Pacific Design Center's West Week “Stars of Design.”
Michael serves on the Board of Trustees of Otis College of Art and Design and has co-chaired the American Friends of the Olympia International Fine Art and Antique Fair.
He is a member of ASID, the American Society of Interior Designers.
Michael was appointed by President Obama to the Committee for the Preservation of the White House in 2010.
PUBLICITY AND PUBLICATIONS
Michael’s designs continue to be featured in major publications including Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Town and Country, Domino, Metropolitan Home, Interior Design, Tatler, W and the Wall St. Journal.
His work has been celebrated in three beautiful volumes from Rizzoli Publishing: Elements of Style (2007), Houses(2008) and Kitchens and Baths(2011), Building Beauty (2013), and his fifth book, The Curated House: Creating Style, Beauty, and Balance was released in Fall of 2015.