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A Woman of Distinction

Rhonda Reinhart | December 13, 2018 | Feature Features

Emily Summers celebrates 40 years of design with the release of her first book, "Distinctly Modern Interiors." Here, the acclaimed designer looks back on her four-decade career and hints at what's coming next.
Isamu Kenmochi chairs surround a Warren Platner coffee table in a Park Lane residence.

Why was the time right for your first book?
I waited a long time to do this book. I think I was always waiting for the next project to be completed.

How did you choose which projects to include?
I tried to pick recent projects and include some that had never been published.

Is there a common thread that runs through all the featured projects?
I never thought there was a common thread until we laid out all the projects. Although each project reflects the owner first, I do see now that there is a certain consistent style.

You started your interior design business almost 40 years ago. How has your work evolved over those four decades?
My love of architecture, art and historic furniture has been there throughout. My love of the search and travel has always been there. However, the building of experience and sources that comes with many years adds exponentially to the range and depth of our projects.

How has the world of design evolved in general?
That question would require an essay.


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