Michael S Smith, also known as Obama’s White House decorator – is one of the most respected and original talents in the industry. Born in California, Michael studied interior design at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. Today we bring you some of his story, as well as some staggering modern chairs, the result of successful partnerships.
Michael S Smith Inc, was launched in 1990, expanding from projects solely for private clients to his line of fine furniture and fabrics (“Jasper”). The interior designer features a very important and incredible reputation on his residential, hospitality and commercial clients. His style sits on a seamless blend of European classicism and American modernism, which reflects projects that are always fresh yet traditional, but with some eccentric decor twists. Here are some of the best chairs present in his collection.
Jean-Michel Frank inspired armchair in quarter sawn oak. Wire brushed, lightly distressed finish. Loose boxed seat cushion (25/75 down wrap) with French topstitch seam.
Jean-Michel Frank inspired game chair in quarter sawn oak. Wire brushed, lightly distressed finish.
20th-century French dining armchair in quarter sawn oak with standard nailhead detail on back only. Upholstered tight seat with self welt.
Andre Sornay inspired Art Deco armchair made of solid mahogany.
Teak wing chair with loose boxed seat cushion (25/75 down wrap) and Turkish corner back cushion (25/75 down). Can also be specified for outdoor use.
Early 20th century Syrian inspired dining chair with hand turned arm and back detail.
Carved Italian gilt dining chair. Specify standard flat welt or nailhead detail.
Hand carved walnut armchair with upholstered tight back seat and standard nailhead trim on inset back only.
Mahogany dining armchair with carved front legs and flat self welt.
Bench made dining chair with inset brass trim.