Book: Designing History


Ultimately, this book will serve as both a historical document and a voyeur's delight, capturing a specific moment in time for the White House, the Obamas, and the American experience.

  • Author : Michael S. Smith
  • Publisher : Rizzoli International Publications
  • Release : 14 April 2020
  • Category: Uncategorized
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 13 : 9780847864799

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Designing History Book Summary :

The long-awaited insider's look at one of the design milestones of the twenty-first century: Michael S Smith's celebrated decoration of the Obama White House, featuring a foreword by Michelle Obama. Created for design enthusiasts, political aficionados, and students of Americana, Designing History documents Michael Smith's extraordinary collaboration with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Not since Jacqueline Kennedy's iconic work on the White House has a designer of Michael Smith's stature been commissioned to bring a new design spirit to the mansion. Through extensive photography, behind-the-scenes stories, and rich archival material, the book places the Obama White House within the context of the building's storied past and its evolution over the past two centuries. The book beautifully documents the process of updating the country's most symbolic residence, revealing how Smith's collaboration on the decoration, showcasing of artworks, and style of entertaining reflected the youthful spirit of the First Family and their vision of a more progressive, inclusive American society. Ultimately, this book will serve as both a historical document and a voyeur's delight, capturing a specific moment in time for the White House, the Obamas, and the American experience.

Book: Inside the White House


Provides an overview of America's first home, looking at the residents, staff, beloved pets, celebrity visitors, and security throughout the years.

  • Author : Noel Grove
  • Publisher : National Geographic Books
  • Release : 27 July 2021
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 351
  • ISBN 13 : 9781426211775

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Inside the White House Book Summary :

Provides an overview of America's first home, looking at the residents, staff, beloved pets, celebrity visitors, and security throughout the years.

Book: The Obama Portraits


An inspiring history of the creation and impact of the Obama portraits, this fascinating book speaks to the power of art—especially portraiture—to bring people together and promote cultural change.

  • Author : Taína Caragol
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release : 11 February 2020
  • Category: Art
  • Pages : 152
  • ISBN 13 : 9780691203294

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The Obama Portraits Book Summary :

A richly illustrated celebration of the paintings of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama From the moment of their unveiling at the National Portrait Gallery in early 2018, the portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama have become two of the most beloved artworks of our time. Kehinde Wiley's portrait of President Obama and Amy Sherald's portrait of the former first lady have inspired unprecedented responses from the public, and attendance at the museum has more than doubled as visitors travel from near and far to view these larger-than-life paintings. After witnessing a woman drop to her knees in prayer before the portrait of Barack Obama, one guard said, "No other painting gets the same kind of reactions. Ever." The Obama Portraits is the first book about the making, meaning, and significance of these remarkable artworks. Richly illustrated with images of the portraits, exclusive pictures of the Obamas with the artists during their sittings, and photos of the historic unveiling ceremony by former White House photographer Pete Souza, this book offers insight into what these paintings can tell us about the history of portraiture and American culture. The volume also features a transcript of the unveiling ceremony, which includes moving remarks by the Obamas and the artists. A reversible dust jacket allows readers to choose which portrait to display on the front cover. An inspiring history of the creation and impact of the Obama portraits, this fascinating book speaks to the power of art—especially portraiture—to bring people together and promote cultural change. Published in association with the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC

Book: Designing Camelot


This exquisite book documents the extensive restoration of the White House under the Kennedy administration.

  • Author : James Archer Abbott
  • Publisher : International Thomson Publishing Services
  • Release : 27 July 1998
  • Category: Mansions
  • Pages : 260
  • ISBN 13 : UOM:39015040561675

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Designing Camelot Book Summary :

This exquisite book documents the extensive restoration of the White House under the Kennedy administration. It examines the physical transformation of America's premier residence from "home of the President" to house-museum". Kennedy enthusiasts, architects, interior designers, collectors, history buffs, preservationists, and White House watchers alike will covet this book. Full color throughout.

Book: Fortuny Interiors


Manufactured in Venice, Italy, textiles by Fortuny have borne the standard of quality and excellence for a hundred years.

  • Author : Brian Coleman
  • Publisher : Gibbs Smith
  • Release : 01 August 2012
  • Category: House & Home
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 13 : 9781423624332

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Fortuny Interiors Book Summary :

Manufactured in Venice, Italy, textiles by Fortuny have borne the standard of quality and excellence for a hundred years. For walls, sofas, pillows, draperies, bed coverings, tablecloths, and even napkins, the sumptuous art of Fortuny textiles has been decorating old world and new world homes for generations. Not everyone can afford Fortuny, but some of those who can have opened their doors so we can take a peek. Through luscious photographs and vivid descriptions, we can almost feel the weave and smell the dyes. Contemporary modern condos, elegant historic homes, and metropolitan apartments all wear Fortuny in luxurious high style.

Book: Designing Liners


Combining design history, architecture history, material and visual cultures, Designing Liners is a richly multidisciplinary work for those studying or researching this application of interior design.

  • Author : Anne Wealleans
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 27 September 2006
  • Category: Architecture
  • Pages : 216
  • ISBN 13 : 9781134189397

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Designing Liners Book Summary :

This in-depth history of the interior design of ocean liners surveys the transient history of interior design in relation to the development of passenger shipping, from commissioning by the line owners, methods and sources for the original creation of designs through to its construction, use and influence. It is a short-lived branch of architecture and design, lasting an average of fifteen years. As the design and taste mirrors and reinforces cultural assumptions about national identity, gender, class and race, not only did the interiors of ocean going liners reflect the changing hierarchies of society and shifting patterns in globalization, but the glamour and styling of the liners were reflected back into the design of interiors on land. Combining design history, architecture history, material and visual cultures, Designing Liners is a richly multidisciplinary work for those studying or researching this application of interior design.

Book: Decorating with Books


A book lover's guide to home decorating presents dozens of ideas for displaying and arranging volumes of books.

  • Author : Marie Proeller Hueston
  • Publisher : Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Release : 27 July 2021
  • Category: Antiques & Collectibles
  • Pages : 143
  • ISBN 13 : 9781588164933

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Decorating with Books Book Summary :

A book lover's guide to home decorating presents dozens of ideas for displaying and arranging volumes of books.

Book: Building Beauty


A master of his craft, interior designer Smith offers advice and lots of inspiration to create the perfect home, in this follow-up to "Michael Smith's Elements of Style." 200 illustrations.

  • Author : Michael S. Smith
  • Publisher : Rizzoli International Publications
  • Release : 27 July 2021
  • Category: House & Home
  • Pages : 205
  • ISBN 13 : 9780847836574

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Building Beauty Book Summary :

A master of his craft, interior designer Smith offers advice and lots of inspiration to create the perfect home, in this follow-up to "Michael Smith's Elements of Style." 200 illustrations.

Book: Art of the House


  • Author : Bobby McAlpine
  • Publisher : Rizzoli International Publications
  • Release : 27 July 2021
  • Category: Architecture
  • Pages : 206
  • ISBN 13 : 9780847842537

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Art of the House Book Summary :

The famous design team discusses the principles that guide their extraordinary work and share ideas for creating atmospheric environments.

Book: Pets at the White House


Discusses how pets have played an important role in life in the White House and relates anecdotes of presidential pets from the Kennedy administration to Bo, the Obama's Portuguese water dog.

  • Author : Jennifer Boswell Pickens
  • Publisher :
  • Release : 27 July 2021
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 229
  • ISBN 13 : 0615580637

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Pets at the White House Book Summary :

Discusses how pets have played an important role in life in the White House and relates anecdotes of presidential pets from the Kennedy administration to Bo, the Obama's Portuguese water dog.

Book: David Hicks


Written by his son Ashley Hicks, who has unprecedented access to Hicks’s archives, personal photos, journals, and scrapbooks, this is a vibrantly illustrated celebration of a half century of stunning interiors.

  • Author : Ashley Hicks
  • Publisher : Rizzoli International Publications
  • Release : 27 July 2021
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 302
  • ISBN 13 : UCSD:31822036434645

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David Hicks Book Summary :

David Hicks is acknowledged as one of the most important interior designers of the late twentieth century, in the company of Albert Hadley and Billy Baldwin. Known for his bold use of color, eclecticism, and geometric designs in carpets and textiles, Hicks turned English decorating on its head in the ’50s and ’60s. His trademark use of electrifying color combinations, and mixing antiques, modern furniture, and abstract paintings became the "in style" for the chic of the day, including Vidal Sassoon and Helena Rubinstein. By the ’70s, David Hicks was a brand; his company was making wallpaper, fabrics, and linens and had outposts in eight countries, including the U.S. where he worked with the young Mark Hampton, and where his wallpaper was used in the White House. "My greatest contribution as an interior designer has been to show people how to use bold color mixtures, how to use patterned carpets, how to light rooms, and how to mix old with new,’’ he stated in his 1968 work, David Hicks on Living—with Taste, the last authoritative book on his work. Written by his son Ashley Hicks, who has unprecedented access to Hicks’s archives, personal photos, journals, and scrapbooks, this is a vibrantly illustrated celebration of a half century of stunning interiors.