The Bookshelf – Past Perfect: Richard Shapiro Houses and Gardens


The brand new and highly coveted book- Past Perfect: Richard Shapiro Houses and Gardens is an exquisite monograph documenting renowned interior designer Richard Shapiro’s two magnificent homes in California. A designer and antiques dealer, Shapiro’s homes are works of art in their own right, filled with unique pieces that he has sourced throughout his career.

With great skill, the designer married European and classical architectural details harmoniously with modern art and contemporary pieces his own line of furniture. In the book, Shapiro shares ideas from his work as a designer as well as lessons learned from years of collecting and selling antiques and fine art.  


The gorgeous images shared by Shapiro give both practical ideas and creative inspirations for all. For those wishing to capture for themselves some of what Richard curates, make sure to visit his new showroom, Studiolo, which brings new life to the site of the old Blackman Cruz showroom on La Cienega Boulevard in the heart of Los Angeles’ design district. This showcases his own line of furniture from Studiolo as well as antique finds and contemporary elements that are at the heart of the thoughtful combinations that make his design schemes so timeless.


© Past Perfect: Richard Shapiro Houses and Gardens by Richard Shapiro with Mayer Rus, is published by Rizzoli New York, 2016. Images from Past Perfect: Richard Shapiro Houses and Gardens © Jason Schmidt. Rizzoli New York  – It is available for purchase HERE.  

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