239 x 299 x 29mm
Everyone wants to live in his or her dream house.
No matter the initial inspiration--a house seen as a child, a great hotel visited-all these memories and sensations contribute to the vision of what the ideal house should be, and the images get compounded and more complex as ideas are added, and others eliminated.
The dream in the dream house shifts and reshapes itself in the mind's eye, depending on the last movie and the next magazine.
In this, his second book, Michael Smith covers the process of creating one's dream house, using his own dream house as an example, as well as recent client homes that serve as case studies for the process.
The first part of the book will focus on the house Michael Smith built in Bel Air over the course of five years, examining his thought process throughout the extensive process as he tears down, rebuilds, and makes the countless decisions that are part of any design project.
Part two will look at Michael's recent client work, from the vision of 16th century loft living in Malibu with a house that began as 80s glitz and ended up a Palladian inspiration, to a Mallorcan-inspired country estate, a Montanan ski house without an antler chandelier, a London Eaton Square house done in English country style as seen through an Italian eye, a Park Avenue penthouse as a villa, with terraces and light on all four sides; an iconic Art Deco Hollywood house that looks more like a movie set that must be made to work for today; an Oyster Bay estate in Beverly Hills, and more.