The Oba­mas’ stylis­tic legacy

Dur­ing their eightyear stay at the White House, the First Cou­ple col­lab­o­rated with the de­signer Michael S. Smith to cre­ate a highly in­flu­en­tial and care­fully con­sid­ered eclec­tism

Country Life Every Week - - Interior Design -

OF the many plau­dits that have been heaped on the Oba­mas over the last few weeks, I haven’t seen any that ac­knowl­edge their im­pec­ca­ble taste in art and in­te­rior de­sign. They leave the White House dec­o­rated not with pomp or pas­tiche, but, in­stead, with a care­fully con­sid­ered mix of old as well as star­tlingly con­tem­po­rary, or­ches­trated by the in­te­rior de­signer Michael S. Smith.

Of all the Amer­i­can dec­o­ra­tors the cou­ple could have anointed as dec­o­ra­tor-in-chief at the White House, Mr Smith has by far the light­est touch and an im­pres­sively ver­sa­tile style that is rare in his pro­fes­sion. His reper­toire ranges from a rugged West-coast style (he’s de­signed two houses for Cindy Craw­ford) to his dis­creet take on

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