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Michael S Smith
Not many designers can put on their resume what Michael S. Smith can. He was chosen by Barack and Michelle Obama to redecorate the residential areas of the White House in 2008 and was the creative force behind the 2010 makeover of the Oval Office. His clients have included model Cindy Crawford, film director Steven Spielberg, and actors Dustin Hoffman and Michelle Pfeiffer. He was listed among Architectural Digest’s “AD100,” and he was also named 2003 Designer of the Year by Elle Decor. Born in 1964, Smith studied at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. He began his career by collaborating with the noted antiques dealer Gep Durenberger and the New York designer John Saladino, eventually starting his own interior design business in 1990. Smith’s unique, fresh designs blend classicism with American modernism: Smith describes his work as “updated traditional.” His Jasper furniture collection is comprised of more than 300 different pieces: dining chairs, accent chairs, sofas, coffee tables, side tables, dining tables, benches, stools, ottomans, etageres, desks, chests, cabinets, buffets, beds and more. Hundreds of fabric options are available, and the collection includes wallcoverings and accessories. In addition to his independent consulting work, Smith also collaborates with outside companies — among them Kallista, Visual Comfort, Patterson, Flynn & Martin, Mansour Modern and Agraria — to design a wide range of products that include tiles, bathroom fixtures, vintage lighting fixtures, rugs and carpets, tapestries and home fragrance products.