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
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