Design Firms/Michael S. Smith Inc.
Michael S. Smith Inc.;

Michael S. Smith Inc.

Santa Monica, CA

Launched in 1990, Michael S Smith Inc. has flourished under the visionary leadership of Michael Smith, a seasoned and admired voice in the design industry. Distinguished by a deep respect for tradition filtered through a modern lens, the Michael S Smith ethos is more of a perspective than a definable style. Michael brings together many talents and elements, often choosing top collaborators, calling on his discerning eye, curatorial knowledge and multicultural sensibility to weave a harmonious whole for each environment or collection. Everything under the Michael S Smith Inc umbrella reflects Michael’s personal aesthetic.

For his Design Portfolio of private projects—residences, hotels and commercial spaces—Michael takes an individual approach to each, listening intently to the requirements of each individual client, understanding how rooms will be lived in and used, incorporating colors, texture, objects and works of art, then crafting a holistic design that meets these goals. Michael thinks of each project as a story, a story he and his clients will tell together. It’s an organic process that’s always unique.

Michael's inspiration is the past, informed by the present. This ability to seamlessly blend the historic and the modern is his particular gift, and results in lines designed to enhance and enlighten many types of environments.

The same aesthetic of classically inspired modernism is seen in his Signature Lines, collections Michael designs for other top design industry names. He has partnered with some of the finest manufacturers in the business who reflect his values of updated traditional looks, uncompromising craftsmanship and easy-to-live-with luxury. These collections are available through each company’s showroom.

While Michael Smith’s design work is ever evolving, there are overarching concepts that unify the collections and colleagues within the Michael S Smith Inc family. An artful amalgam of the historic and the modern. A reverence for objects, motifs and craftsmanship of the past. A recognition that the most sophisticated design solution is often the simplest. A belief that beautiful, elegant, and luxurious objects can exist in environments of warmth and comfort. These qualities are reflected in every object that bears the Michael S Smith name.

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