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Henri Samuel: Master of the French Interior

This is the first program in the Great Homes and Gardens Lecture Series.

“I always admired his perfect taste.” –Hubert de Givenchy

Acclaimed for his mastery of historic design, Henri Samuel is considered one of the most important French interior designers of the twentieth century.  His private and jet-setting clientele included the Rothschild family, Jayne Wrightsman, Valentino,and Marjorie Merriweather Post’s daughter Eleanor Barzin as well as museums such as Versailles and the Metropolitan Museum. Through interiors for himself and others, Samuel strove to cultivate an art de vivre so refined that it reminded many of an eighteenth century gentleman. Design historian Emily Evans Eerdmans will discuss Samuel’s groundbreaking and inspiring interiors, beginning with his first job assisting Stéphane Boudin of Jansen in the 1920s through postwar Paris society and into the go-go 80s.

Event Timeline

5:30-6:30 p.m.: Mansion and Greenhouse open for self-guided touring
6:30-7:30 p.m.: Lecture
7:30 p.m. Book Signing

Emily EeardmansAbout the Speaker

Emily Evans Eerdmans is an acclaimed design historian and founder of Eerdmans Fine Art in New York City. Henri Samuel : Master of the French Interior is published by Rizzoli New York with forewords by Jacques Grange and Eva Samuel. Her other books include monographs on Madeleine Castaing and Mario Buatta. She teaches history and connoisseurship at the New York School of Interior Design.

About the Series

Escape Washington’s dreary winter weather by immersing yourself in the stories of luscious gardens and graceful estates.

Tuesday, February 12: Henri Samuel: Master of the French Interior with Emily Eeardmans

Thursday, February 28: Havana Living Today: Cuban Home Style Now with Hermes Mallea

Thursday, March 7: The Gardens of Bunny Mellon with Linda Jane Holden

Tuesday, March 12: The Photographer in the Garden with Sarah Anne McNear

  • Room designed by Henri Samuel
  • Henri Samuel on a sofa