I’ve loved the work of Michael S Smith since my early days in interior design and it’s been fascinating to see his work evolve over time. This modernist home that he and his partner, James Costos, currently inhabit in Los Angeles is a far cry from Smith’s more traditional, English country-esque early work (his books Elements of Style, Houses, and Building Beauty are among my design library staples). Built in the 1990’s, the house is over 3,000 square feet but has only one bedroom–the focus remaining on the sprawling common spaces and their glossy limestone floors. I especially admire how Smith mixes minimalist pieces (his handsome polished-nickel bed) alongside traditional ones (the massive Rubens-school oil painting) throughout the interiors. Care to see more…? The house will be included in his upcoming title, The Curated Home.
Michael S Smith’s books:
(photography by Simon Upton for House & Garden UK)