About Us

Launched in 1990, Michael S. Smith Inc. has flourished under the visionary leadership of Michael S. 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.

Michael takes an individual approach to each project, 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.

He takes a similar path in designing the Jasper Collection of fine furniture, fabrics, leathers, wallcoverings, and accessories, letting the designs develop naturally. 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.

In addition to presenting the full Jasper Collection, the Jasper Showroom also offers an array of distinctive lines by artisans from around the world. Smith has created an environment where one can shop for every room in a house in an easy, elegant way. Showcasing Michael’s favorite designs by others, the available collections are all part of the Michael S. Smith vocabulary and reflect his signature use of traditional forms and international accents, each piece carefully curated by Michael and defined by its own creative integrity.

While Michael S. 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.


How would you describe your style?

A seamless blend of European classicism and American modernism—always fresh, always evolving, always underscored by the belief that everyone should live with things they love.

Please describe a recently completed project or tell us about the bespoke service that you offer

Shonda Rhimes’ California home, where we sought to maintain what was original with some improvements and making it into a home for a family. There was a concerted effort to design for style and function and finding meaningful pieces to include in each room.

Images 1, 2, 3, 4 + 5: Michael Mundy; Image 6: © Björn Wallander/OTTO

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