Weaving mid-century Continental furniture and modern art by the likes of Frank Stella and Jasper Johns into important American homes, Summers has created a vast collection of cohesive, covetable interiors notable for their streamlined beauty. From a contemporary city penthouse to a 1940s ranch, from Summers' Round House, to her 60s Palm Springs getaway, the homes featured range in period and style, but all will serve as inspiration to readers looking to decorate in a Modernist tradition. Summers shares her building blocks of a great modernist house: how the interior should reflect its setting; how to combine fine art with design; why the interior and architecture must be linked; how to build collections; how to modernize traditional houses; and how to restore existing modernist houses. This is essential reading for fans of modernism and minimalism.
"Twenty years ago, when her daughter, Caroline, a real estate agent, saw a listing for a low-slung 1962 house designed by the architect Robert Johnson Perry in the affluent Dallas suburb of Highland Park, Ms. Summers and her husband, Steve Summers, who worked in finance before retiring, decided they should have a look...Now finally ready for a close-up, the house has a starring role in Ms. Summers s new book, Distinctly Modern Interiors, published by Rizzoli this month. (Two other 1960s modernist houses that the couple bought and restored one near Palm Springs, Calif., the other in Colorado Springs are also featured.)"
New York Times
"Modern is a style, but not a formula. The much-celebrated interior designer, Emily Summers, sets out in her new book to show that modernism and minimalism are highly flexible aesthetics, styles where your personal preferences can and should prevail. This is big news in design. She includes notable examples of her own work, citing, for instance, a 1940s ranch house to her classic 1960s Palm Springs home. The very definition of modernism has changed." MILIEU MAGAZINE