Designing History: The Extraordinary Art & Style of the Obama White House
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Ultimately, this book will serve as both a historical document and a voyeur’s delight, capturing a specific moment in time for the White House, the Obamas, and the American experience.
From the Publisher
Foreword: Michelle Obama
Preface: Michael S. Smith
What’s Past is Prologue
A New Day
Upstairs at the White House
White House Offices and State Rooms
The Diplomacy of Art
A Culture of Inclusion
Projects and Progress
On Higher Ground
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