Architectural Digest USA, September 2012
A Penthouse Overlooking Central Park
The American interior designer Michael S. Smith is famous for having being commissioned by Michelle and Barack Obama to refurbish the White House’s private apartments. Here he welcomes us into his own apartment a stone’s throw from 5th Avenue—an abode infused with the French art of living. He called on Féau firm to adorn its walls with noble boiseries. Text by Judith Thurman. Photography by Björn Wallander.
The Magical Power of Boiseries
“I think everyone is excited about the idea boiserie. It has a sense of order and architecture and it is a bit magic. You can’t understand why the room makes more sense, why it is more ordely but it is because of the order of boiseries.” Michael S. Smith
The French style has elegantly invited itself into this penthouse typical of New York. The antique wall paneling lends a truly majestic air to a simple space, with ceilings no higher than 2.9m (9ft 5in). The overall scheme testifies to a pronounced taste for timelessness.
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