Tag Archives: American Interior Design

Master Class: Amy Lau

And her new book, Expressive Modern

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“Nature is a friend and teacher who continues to inform my interior design work every day.”

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Growing up in Northern Arizona, Amy Lau spent a great deal of time in an expansive back yard called the desert – riding her horse and being awestruck by nature.  Last week we visited in her glamorous Starett Lehigh loft, and she explained how the proximity to multicolored clay, expansive cloud formations, and sinuous tumbleweeds started her down a path that would lead to the interiors she creates in the canyons of Manhattan.

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Master Class: Matthew Patrick Smyth

An American in Paris

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“Rooms are not theater sets, and design is not about making fiction come to life.  Rooms should express the needs and personalities of the people who live in them now.” ~MPS

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I really lament the disappearance of bricks and mortar shopping, most especially bookstores. Spending several hours riding the escalators between floors and disciplines at Barnes & Noble on Saturday was the norm for me.  Two weekends ago I was upstate visiting some friends, and I noticed Matthew Patrick Smyth’s book ‘Living Traditions‘ on an ottoman.  I’m ashamed to say I hadn’t seen it… furthermore I hadn’t seen him since we were introduced by an editor years ago.  The pages and prose are an amazing account of his life’s experiences in interior design.  Reading it prompted me to stop by his office to congratulate him on it’s publication.

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