Monday, April 18, 2011


I finally got the chance to visit Michael Smith's new (ish) LA Showroom, Jasper in West Hollywood. I had eagerly awaited seeing a showroom devoted to his designs, as well as those of Bujosa from Italy, Van Der Hurd, Jamb Fireplaces from England, Gracie Wallpapers, and Robert Kime Fabrics. It is very helpful about seeing a space styled with a singular vision and feel- you really get to see how pieces work together. His fabrics have beautiful, rich colorations and old world English and ethnic patterns. His furniture looks to great antique pieces and reinterprets them for today-- their scale and finish is appropriate for comfortable living rooms and bedrooms in beach houses and city aeries. In cerused oak to gesso and dark wood, the form and details in the furniture makes each piece stand alone. Named for his dog, Jasper, the collection is filled with this Anglophiles touch and panache for easy living. His inviting spaces drew in Cindy Crawford and the Obama's. Now you can have a bit of his casual luxe look for yourself.

A vignette mixes artwork and a bamboo bed

Fabric bays hold wings filled with lines including his own.

Classic usable pieces, like a great wing chair and bench for the foot of the bed are on display.

Cozy seating areas capture the essence of a Michael S. Smith interior. Tons of throw pillows to sit back, and an easy place to put a drink are part of what makes his rooms great.

Smith likes to use slipcovers on pieces, especially in linen.



Tree of Life

Remy in brown is a fabric I gravitate towards every time I visit the Rosselli Showroom in the D and D. There is something about the coloration and pattern that draws me in- I just have to use it on something soon!

Remy in blue and brown

Remy in blue

Ondine in sage is another fabric that I gravitate towards- the easy to live with green is a great start for a room palette.

Maya Flower in blue and brown

Lacquer Stripe in indigo

Java Stripe in indigo
Isle Flower in aubergine
Indian Flower in Orange gets a lot of play- many decorators use it often.

Grace in willow

Dahlia in dusk


Shanxi Pottery Lamp

Serge Table Lamp

Global Sconce

Pagoda Lantern

Morton Lamp


The Monclair Bed is regal and comfortable. An upholstered head and foot board make the iron work stand out.

Jasper Hall Chair

Maxwell Mirror
Harcourt Coffee Table
Backed Bench

Grammercy Chair
Faux Bamboo Bed

Emilio Urn and Pedestal Table

Dutch Mirror

Copenhagen Table in gesso

Archer Pediment Cabinet

Hudson Side Chair

Evans Armless Bar Stool

Evans Arm Chair
Elinda Side Chair

Dolina Side Chair

Barton Arm Chair
Versailles Jardiniere

Vendome Side Chair


quintessence said...

I love pretty much everything he does! Growing to be quite the little empire!

mary said...

What I find most appealing about his textiles is the positive energy that seems to flow from them. I can only imagine a wall of windows fitted with one of these fabrics and the effect on the room. Thanks for featuring the showroom. Mary

Anonymous said...

I love the Pagoda Lantern as well as the Backed Bench! He has some really wonderful pieces. Thanks for sharing!

Mally said...

I have used Ondine with great success in 3 of the colourways. My clients love it - it is grown up without being at all stuffy. The colour palette in each version of Ondine has gorgeous tones to pull out and work with in the rest of the room.