Photographer Leslie Williamson’s first book, Handcrafted Modern: At Home with Midcentury Designers, pretty much has a permanent place on most of our staffer’s coffee tables, so naturally we were dying to get a look at her recently released follow-up, Modern Originals: At Home with Midcentury European Designers. This new book features the homes and studios of thirteen of Europe’s most-celebrated and iconic designers, including Le Corbusier and Alvar Aalto. Whether you’re mad for midcentury or not, the masterfully composed and beautifully chronicled spaces are sure to get your decorating juices flowing.
We sat down with the woman behind the lens to find out more about her latest tome and get a sneak peek inside its pages.
Has seeing the homes of so many famous designers changed the way you decorate in your own home?
I have a mental checklist of favorite innovations and ideas that I just keep adding to throughout my projects. Someday they will get implemented into my home, but at this point my place is pretty much the same. I have lived in the same home for almost 10 years now. For now my mom is getting a lot of the benefits of all the things I’ve seen. She is remodeling her house, so I keep sending her pictures of cabinet pulls and tile ideas. She gets notes like, “Look at Renaat Braem’s undersink cabinet. I think you should put your undersink storage on wheels!!!” Ha!
Pick up your own copy of Modern Originals: At Home with Midcentury European Designers, available from Rizzoli, and be sure to catch Williamson speaking about her new book and signing copies on May 18 at The Future Perfect in New York.
Photography by Leslie Williamson