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"Obama White House designer Michael S. Smith tackles kitchens and baths, two of the most challenging rooms in the home—combining inspiring images of Smith’s projects from around the world with his practical insights. A resources section gives recommendations for everything from appliances to wall coverings." ~Architectural Digest

"After doing up the Obamas' White House, Michael S. Smith -- interior designer to the Hollywood elite and lesser (but no less affluent) mortals -- pulls on the rubber gloves with his latest coffee-table tome, "Kitchens and Baths." Utilizing as visual examples homes he designed -- as well as others he admires for their eating and bathing zones Mr. Smiths book is broken into regions ("Beach," "Town," "Country") that provide loads of inspiration. Ultimately, perfecting pantry and potty is a game of hide and seek: keeping the inner workings concealed but reachable." ~Wall Street Journal

"’s quite thoughtful of Smith to hone in on that niche and deliver inspiration targeted at those who are in search of inspiration for the two rooms in which most people spend a good bulk of their time." ~La Dolce Vita

About the Author

Michael S. Smith, one of Architectural Digest’s 100 Top Designers and the winner of Elle Decor’s Designer of the Year Award in 2003, is regularly featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, and House Beautiful. Christine Pittel is a senior editor at House Beautiful whose writing has also appeared in the New York Times and House & Garden.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847836770
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847836772
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Designer and Author Michael S. Smith is considered one of the design industry's most respected talents with an international profile of residential and commercial clients. Over the course of his career, Smith has consistently developed a style that has been characterized as a delicate blend of "European tradition and American modernism." Most recently, his work was celebrated in two best-selling books from Rizzoli Publishing; 'Elements of Style' (2007), 'Houses' (2008), & 'Kitchens & Bath' (2011).

He is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including multiple Architectural Digest's "The AD 100" and the Pacific Design Center's West Week 'Stars of Design'. He has also been named Designer of the Year by Elle Decor. In addition, his projects have been featured in such noted publications as , Architectural Digest, Elle Decor Magazine, House Beautiful, Town and Country, Domino, House & Garden, Metropolitan Home, Interior Design, and W.

A native of California, Smith studied interior design at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. In l984, he continued his studies at The Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Returning to the U.S. a year later, he worked briefly under the tutelage of legendary antiques dealer Gep Durenberger before subsequently moving to New York to work with the well-known designer John Saladino. Three years later, he returned to California and opened a home furnishings store. His design firm was launched in l990. He has continued to build his business through the introduction of his signature furniture and fabric line, Jasper, which are sold exclusively in multi-line showrooms across the U.S. and the U.K. Michael own flagship showroom opened in fall of 2010 in Los Angeles.

Smith is also partnered with several manufacturers in a select number of licensing agreements including Cowtan and Tout, for whom he developed a fabric and leather collection in l997. In 1999, he began a continuing relationship with Kohler designing three successful lines for the Kallista brand, as well as a collection for Kohler-owned Ann Sacks Tile. Other licensing agreements include Visual Comfort Lighting, Mansour Modern Rugs, Patterson, Flynn and Martin Carpeting, Samuel and Sons Passementrie and Agaria Home Fragrances.

In February of 2010, Mr. Smith was appointed by President Obama to the Committee for the Preservation of the White House. Smith also serves on the Board of Trustees for Otis College of Art and Design and has been selected to co-chair of the American Friends of the Olympia International Fine Art and Antique Fair.

Smith divides his time between Los Angeles and New York City.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By designpassion on October 8, 2011
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I am a huge fan of Michael S. Smith's work and was waiting with great anticipation for his newest book. While the photography is terrific and he offers some excellent ideas and background for his design concepts, there were almost no new subject rooms. Almost every home featured has been included in his earlier books or featured in shelter magazines. As someone who follows his work, I was hoping to see new projects not a recycling of his earlier work.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By scbroad on October 26, 2011
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Michael Smith is without question one of the most talented decorators of our time. It was with great anticipation that I preordered his new kitchen and bath book. This book however is just a collection of images that have already been published. Many of the images seemed to have just been scanned in from previous articles, the quality of the images was actually better in the original publications. His first two books were absolutely dynamite, in fact I need to order new ones because mine are so worn out from looking at them so often, but truthfully this one is not one that I will hold onto.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By constance Lynch on October 14, 2011
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This is probably the biggest disappointment of all time..there is nothing
creative nor interesting in this book - I purchase design books frequently -
whether travelling, bookstore or Amazon and this is the first negative
review which I have made....the photographs are even a disappointment.
I think the time has come when designers should stop publishing 'coffee table'
books...they're beginning to look the same.
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Appreciate Michaels clean and regional appropriate style with classic design and sophistication. Enjoyed that this book showed work from many locations. Very beautiful design work and great photography.
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