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ICAA: Henri Samuel Master of the French Interior with Emily Evans Eerdmans

Thursday, April 19th, 2018
The James Leary Flood Mansion
2222 Broadway, San Francisco

6:00pm Book Signing
Reception with Charles Krug Winery
7:00pm Illustrated Presentation


Please join the ICAA and author Emily Evans Eerdmans to celebrate the just-released publication of the first book dedicated to design legend, Henri Samuel. Considered one of the best French interior designers of the twentieth century, Samuel is acclaimed for his mastery of historic design, as well as his eye for mixing contemporary art and furnishings to create intimate and luxurious rooms that look as fresh and alive today as they did when they were first arranged.

Henri Samuel believed that a successful interior was one in which an observer never suspected that a decorator had been involved. Ms. Eerdmans' fascinating presentation takes us inside some of Samuel's groundbreaking interiors, beginning with his first job assisting Stéphane Boudin of Jansen in the 1920s through postwar Paris society and into the go-go '80s. During his illustrious career, Samuel created rarefied and beautiful environments for his jet-set clientele-Doris Duke, Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, Susan and John Gutfreund, Valentino Garavani, and multiple Rothschilds and Vanderbilts. Such was his expertise that museums such as Versailles and the Metropolitan Museum of Art consulted him on the installation of period rooms. 

Emily Evans Eerdmans teaches connoisseurship and design history at the New York School of Interior Design.