Book preview: 'Michael Taylor Interior Design'
Photos of over the top '70s and '80s decor from a California original.
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1. Gil Garfield's living room( Russell MacMasters Photography / W.W. Norton & Co. )
By David A. Keeps
Michael Taylor (1927-86) invented what was three decades ago dubbed the "California look": white interiors with stone floors and over-scaled, sculptural furniture. In response to the casual West Coast way of life, he broke the rules of traditional design, says Stephen M. Salny, author of the new Norton monograph Michael Taylor Interior Design. Here's a preview of the book, starting with a 1976 commission for songwriter Gil Garfield. The Beverly Hills home was built in 1950 by Modernist architect Harwell Hamilton Harris. "Taylor's use of a white a warm white, not a white white was his trademark," Salny says. "And he always included colors from nature." In Garfield's living room, shown here, Taylor used the natural shade of wicker in oversized pieces from his Jennifer collection. The grays and beige found in rocks used as tables created a palette that looked earthy yet clean.