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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: The Monacelli Press; First Edition edition (April 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580933092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580933094
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 9.8 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #834,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Living Traditions: Interiors by Matthew Patrick Smyth ($50, The Monacelli Press) finally launched last week, and I have to say, it was a long time coming. Ever since Matthew started his practice, in 1987, he has been urged by his friends and clients like Gloria Vanderbilt to do a book of his own designs. But Matthew is that rare bird in the design business: a true gentleman with virtually no ego. His work is elegant and understated, and he always leaves enough room for his client’s tastes to shine through." —Wendy Goodman, New York Magazine

About the Author

Matthew Patrick Smyth opened his eponymous interior design firm in New York City in 1987, after working with David Easton for many years. He designs a collection of fabrics for F. Schumacher and a line of rugs for Patterson, Flynn & Martin. His work is featured regularly in Elle Decor, House Beautiful, House & Garden, Traditional Home, and the New York Times.

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This is an absolutely beautiful book.
mrg
As an Interior Designer I am continually inspired by his gorgeous livable interiors and highly recommend that you add this to your design library!
DavidScott
He brings a new look to the traditional while maintaining both comfort and function.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Chris Cross on June 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
...is that I thought the cover shot was underwhelming compared to some of the other photos in the book. I can't say I was that familiar with Smyth's work before, but after looking through the book and reading some of the text, I quickly became a fan. His projects look to be elegant, classic and of high quality -- the kind you could see that would just get better over time and age gracefully. If you're a fan of loud, trendy interiors, you've picked the wrong book. But if you like your design books to have quality photography of well-done traditionally-oriented interiors, you've come to the right place.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Annie Kelly on May 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Matthew Patrick Smyth is one of the finest traditional decorators in America, and much can be learned from this new book. His interiors radiate calm and comfort, and are full of carefully thought-out details, which include russet-red moss fringing on a beige suede sofa, wall-to-wall framed antique prints of 18th-century Paris in place of wallpaper, and the quiet glamor of armchairs upholstered in pleated silk.
As befits a fabric designer (Smyth sells a range of his fabrics at F. Schumacher,) he uses color and texture in many different ways-- the book ranges from elegant townhouses in New York, to his own Connecticut Colonial house in Sharon, and showcases one of my favorites- a wonderfully grand apartment in London that you may recall seeing on the cover of a recent issue of Elle Decor magazine.

In his easy-to-read introduction Smyth tells of his start as a decorator, "The reality of working as a designer came as a shock. I discovered that I would only be devoted to actual design 10 percent of the time. The rest, the hard and important part, was detail--running around, problem solving, organizing on a massive scale with military precision." Living Traditions comes with all the benefit of Smyth's years of experience, and he writes, " Design is a set of relationships, of interactions among objects, colors, patterns,materials, and light--all with definite parameters. Through point and counterpoint, I strive for balance. Balance is everything." This fairly sums up this gracious book, as page after page features Smyth's elegant decorating, where every seat is comfortable, and nothing ever looks out of place.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Wrestler on May 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Matthew Smyth's book Living Traditions is sure to be a long-lived classic. Mr. Smyth talks about design in context: the contexts of his clients' homes and also of his own life. A true professional with deep experience, he knows fad from fashion, and his interiors get better and better as they age. By all means, get this beautiful book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christina C. Juarez on May 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Matthew Patrick Smyth's "Living Traditions" from The Monacelli Press is a beautifully written design book with spectacular photographs that clearly relay the fact that Matthew Patrick Smyth is a "New Traditionalist". His interiors are founded in the classics but are by no mean 'traditional' in the ordinary sense of the word. He takes the classic in the form of family heirlooms and American antiques and combines it with the unexpected---a splash of red in the form of his signature deep red walls or a contemporary painting, a Saarinen side table or a bit of surprise in a detail, a fabric or a work of art or objects. His interiors are inspiring, serene and very much in the genre of a new and quite spectacular traditon.
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