By Michael S. Smith (Rizzoli, £40)
Designing History, by Michael S. Smith (Rizzoli, £40)
When Michael Smith renovated the Obama White House, his brief was to create an interior suitable for a political office and a family home.
In the Yellow Oval Room, for example — pictured with Barack and Michelle entertaining then Italian premier Matteo Renzi and wife Agnese — he kept the wall colour, chosen by Jackie Kennedy, but included the metal toys (see left) as a nod to the Obamas’ playful side.
With a foreword from Michelle, this fascinating book is the ultimate look through the keyhole.