Interior Design

Renewing Tradition: The Architecture of Eric J. Smith

The first book on the houses and interiors of a firm known for its sensitive and sumptuous residential work in traditional and contemporary styles.

Whether for a plantation guesthouse in South Carolina or a Dutch Colonial home on Long Island Sound, Eric J. Smith's evocative designs are the result of thoughtful planning integrated with a deep understanding of his clients' lives and lifestyles, a design ethos beautifully evident in the book.

From a Georgian home in California and a French Country home on Long Island to a Shelter Island fishing camp, Smith's work is at once an homage to tradition and an expression of the living beauties these traditions still offer. Over the course of a storied career, and often working with prestigious interior designers--including Alexa Hampton, David Easton, and William Diamond--Smith has garnered a reputation for a kind of personal architecture that is, in each case, in sync with the homeowner, whomever he or she may be, and the place, whether it is oceanfront, on a hillside, or set beside a lake or stream. Renewing Tradition features custom residential projects from New York to California, and Bermuda to the United Kingdom, and Smith's houses, apartments, and country cabins are a revelation, work to be savored and which will serve to inspire homeowners in search of a guide to achieving comfortable elegance in the home.

About The Author

Eric J. Smith, A.I.A., is the founding principal of the New York-based firm Eric J. Smith Architect. Marisa Bartolucci is the former executive editor of Metropolis magazine and author of Architecture & Design: NYC.
Alexa Hampton is an award-winning interior designer and author.

  • Publish Date: September 10, 2019
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Architecture - Interior Design - General
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 9-3/4 x 13
  • Pages: 304
  • US Price: $85.00
  • CDN Price: $115.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-6562-8


"Hailed as a contemporary master of the traditional, architect Eric J. Smith’s Renewing Tradition: The Architecture of Eric J. Smith (Rizzoli, $85) offers inspiration for creating a home that is comfortable, elegant and enduring. Through personal anecdotes, lush photography and artful sketches, Smith’s remarkable projects, which include collaborations with David Easton and Steven Gambrel, come to life." —ATLANTA HOMES & LIFESTYLES

Author Bookshelf: Alexa Hampton