Michael S Smith’s Love Of Chinoiserie

Michael S Smith

Most people connect Chinoiserie with designers like Charlotte Moss or Ruthie Sommers, although  Michael S Smith shows a very masculine approach to design, often decorating with Chinoiserie elements.

A particular favorite of his is Chinese wallpaper. “It’s very addictive because the color, detail, romance, and intricacy are magical and entrancing in the daytime, and especially at night. It’s theatrical and dimensional, and it’s practical. A splash of wine, a dash of champagne, are never going to show among the beautiful details of the design.”

Borrow some of Smith tricks for your own rooms.

Many of Michael S Smith’s rooms show strong furniture with clean and classic lines, and the use of black to tone down the room.  He often includes Chinoiserie wallpaper, and furniture in many rooms.  He invests in bold and over-sized Chinoiserie pieces, such as Chinese screens, blue and white porcelain, painted black or red furniture, and pagodas. Antique Asian pieces, accompany many English pieces in his rooms.  He tends to repeat the same color in a room with gradations of light to dark.  He also tends to mix both modern pieces with antiques, and includes lots of pattern.  Working with several patterns can get rather busy, so keep patterns subtle and restrained

Michael S Smith

Michael S Smith- Picture Credit-Architectural Digest

Michael S Smith

Michael S Smith- Central Park Residence

Michael S Smith

Michael S Smith-Central Park Residence

Michael S Smith

Michael S Smith- Central Park Residence

Michael S Smith

Michael S Smith- Central Park Residence

Michael S Smith

Michael S Smith- Central Park Residence

Michael S Smith- Central Park Residence

Michael S Smith- Central Park Residence

Michael Smith

Michael S Smith- Picture Credit-Malibu Home Elle Decor

Michael Smith

Michael S Smith- Picture Credit-

Michael Smith

Michael S Smith- Picture Credit-Elle Decor

Master bedroom by Michael S. Smith

Master bedroom by Michael S. Smith
Inside Michael S. Smith’s Home Elle Decor

Inside Michael S Smiths Home – Elle Decor

A painting by Beatrice Caracciolo, Bactrian alabaster ritual objects, and early-19th-century English fireplace tools in the entry; the chair was designed by Smith.

Master Bedroom

Michael S. Smith. The master bedroom in a traditional Upper East Side, New York home feels out of a romantic Henry James novel. The pale blue Oushak rug has a muted pattern that is a perfect foil for beige fabrics and white linen on the canopy bed. The yellow silky throw brings out the beauty of the entire room. Image courtesy House Beautiful Magazine.

Michael S Smiths Books 2

Michael S Smith- Building Beauty

The newest book from acclaimed designer Michael S Smith is an in-depth look at how to create the perfect American house.

Interviews with the architect, Oscar Shamamian, the landscape designer, and various craftsmen help Smith guide the reader through the process of creating a house, and in so doing provides a blueprint for anyone building or renovating their dream home. Richly informative, this is a visually stunning, indispensable guide to designing an unforgettable house, one decision at a time.

Michael S. Smith - a Monet water lily painting graces the antiques filled dining room of a NYC apartment.
Antiques fill a dining room of a NYC apartment.
Michael S. Smith –  architecturaldigest.com
Michael S Smith
Michael S. Smith
Michael S Smith Canopy Bed- Elle Decor 
Inside Michael S. Smith’s Home Elle Decor
Inside Michaels Home – Elle Decor
19th century Russian desk
“Michael S. Smith ~ In this vignette, Smith writes, he’’s playing with shapes: the circles of the clock, cameos and keyholes, played off the squares in the wallpaper and the diamonds on a 19th century Russian desk. latimes.com
Smith's Bel Air home as featured in the March 2007 issue of Elle Decor
Smith’s Bel Air home as featured in the March 2007 issue of Elle Decor
Michael S Smith
Michael S Smith's Books
 Michael Smith, a favorite among celebrity clientele.  He offers thoughtful ideas and practical advice, and walks the reader through his process, from the gathering of resource material, expertly pairing simpler and grander elements, perfecting the editing process, to knowing when a room is finished.
Detailing the nearly encyclopedic range of styles he culls from to create his signature style, the designer describes recent examples of his work, beginning with a modest and quirkily designed house in Bel Air, Smith redid for himself. Razed, rebuilt, and decorated over the course of five years, the house allowed Smith to experiment and explore ideas freely and the result is a gracious home, as welcoming as it is stylish.
In addition to his California residence, twenty other projects are featured, from a New England clapboard to a Malibu villa overlooking the Pacific to a city townhouse. In each, Smith deconstructs the elements which come together to make the ideal home.
Michael S Smith

The Voltaire server, by Smith for Baker, “is like what the Irish call a dinner wagon. It’s so practical and versatile. I’d put it in a bathroom with towels, or next to a sofa, with a lamp on it.” Plymouth side chairs and Howard mirror also by Smith for Baker.- Home Beautiful

Michael S Smith

Michael S Smith Bathroom

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The Syon commode for Baker “has the feeling of a piece of neoclassical furniture, with all these tiny fluted elements.” Smith also designed the Petworth mirror for Baker. Home Beautiful

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The red lacquer Sargent cocktail table and the Mayfair sofa, with a deep seat for comfort, are from his collection for Baker. Custom club chairs from Jasper. Tabriz rug from ABC Carpet & Home. French bronze candelabra from Niall Smith Antiques.

Michael S. Smith's Manhattan Penthouse

Michael S. Smith’s Manhattan Penthouse- Architectural Digest

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