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Michael S. Smith

Michael S. Smith is considered one of the most original and respected talents in the design industry today.  With an international profile of residential, hospitality and commercial clients, Smith’s style is a seamless blend of European classicism and American modernism—always fresh, always evolving, always underscored by the belief that everyone should live with things they love. He possesses a curator’s knowledge of and appreciation for the past, 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.

Awards and Honors
Through the years, Michael has received many prestigious awards. He has been named seven 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 Décor as well as being named repeatedly to the publication’s A-List.  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. In 2010, Michael was appointed by President Obama to the Committee for the Preservation of the White House.

Publicity and Publications
Michael’s designs continue to be featured in major publications including Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Town and Country, Galerie, Domino, Metropolitan Home, Interior Design, Tatler, W, and the Wall St. Journal.  His work has been celebrated in several beautiful volumes: Elements of Style (2007), Houses (2008), Kitchens and Baths (2011), Building Beauty (2013), The Curated House: Creating Style, Beauty, and Balance (2015), and his sixth book, Designing History: The Extraordinary Art & Style of the Obama White House was published in the fall of 2020.

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