Inside story decorating the Obama White House

There are dream clients, and then a young family, Michael S. Smith helped them settle at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in 2009. He is a senior interior designer. He used a series of connections and flashes to accept interviews to design the Obama White House. Kismet. However, he didn’t officially start working until he met the client. Fortunately, they succeeded. “He said,’Call me Barack,’” Smith told the host Dennis Scully about the latest episode of the “Home Business” podcast. “And… that was the first and last time I called him Barack in ten years.”
Interestingly, for such a high-profile project, Smith has been silent in the media about his experience as the first home decorator-only the initial press release, and then Barack Obama (Barack Obama) “Artistics Digest” in the final months of the presidency. But now, he is going to tell the whole story with his forthcoming book “Design History: The Extraordinary Art and Style of the Obama White House”, which he previewed in this podcast. In it, Smith shared everything from advice he got from Nancy Reagan to the secret codes his employees used to refer to the Obama family.
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High-risk decoration makes money in a normal project, your client is angry, maybe you will spend thousands of dollars. Making a mistake at the White House could lead to a national media scandal. (Remember the farce of Trump and the Oval Office’s bankruptcy?) Smith is no stranger to well-known customers, and he is well prepared. He said: “What you want to avoid is creating news.” “If you have ever experienced a celebrity divorce, you will definitely understand-this is a good advanced training for working in the [White House]…. There is so old [ Medical doctrine]: First of all, don’t hurt. [here it is]: First of all, don’t make any news.”
Everything about the White House design experience that Checks and Balances shared with Smith is somewhat surreal. This includes the process itself. First, to keep the project secret, to ensure that suppliers do not send press releases announcing that they are trimmed on the pillows of the White House, which is a challenge. Then came the arduous process of actually putting materials into the building. He explained: “The people who buy the lights must be vetted to make sure they are not violent criminals-[all] these different things, these standards…. Then they must be delivered to a different place and inspected by security personnel. After a lot of inspections .Then you have to reach the actual White House, and then you have to find a time when your family is absent,…when you can be there and someone can safely enter the building and enter the room….different from [typical decoration work]: I go The store bought the lamp, took it and plugged it into the power source.”
The overall picture Of course, designing the White House changed Smith’s life-for a designer who is already fascinated by the history of decorative art, directly participating in that history is a dream come true. But interestingly, he said, this does not necessarily lead to the crazy development of new businesses: “In the world, probably I am now widely known, but… I don’t know…. Most of my practice… is still me Customer for a long time….Listen, it didn’t hurt.”


Post time: Nov-05-2020