25.10.13

Books.... Tom Scheerer Decorates

Hidden under the front cover sleeve of Tom Scheerer Decorates his much awaited monograph is this beautifully embossed caning hardcover.  The caning is a nod to his favorite Thonet chairs and It is just the kind of subtle use of humble materials that makes Tom's work  stand out. 
Scheerer grew up among the country club, debutante East Hampton set so it would be understood if he continued in that vein with a formal design style. But instead his work has a delicacy and casualness (in the best sense of the word) and youthfulness that is so appealing.
This image form his own Manhattan home perfectly exemplifies his look. Subtle colors, simple shapes, a mix of classic pieces along side Crate and Barrel chairs and a beautiful mix of textures.
The book with stunning photographs by Francesco Langese and written with Mimi Read, takes us from 5 distinctly different NYC apartments to homes in Long Island, Rhode Island, Maine along side his family home in East Hampton.  
There is a modernity to his work but always with classic pieces so that it never feel "designed" or of a period such as the Sag Harbor study.
We are then taken on a tropical tour starting in Florida before landing in the Bahama's. This trip echoes Tom's life with homes in Manhattan, East Hampton, Maine and the Bahama's, the only thing missing is his life in Paris- lucky guy indeed.

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