The mother-and-son founders of powerhouse interior design firm Clements Design have mastered interiors of a spare yet sumptuous sophistication mixed with California ease that are highly sought after by a star-studded clientele, including Ellen DeGeneres, Adam Levine, Bruno Mars, Kendall Jenner, and Jennifer Lawrence.
In their first book, Clements Design showcases eight outstanding residences that embody the Clements style: understated elegance, sensuous austerity, Zen-like simplicity, easy glamour, and grand intimacy. Clements creates rarefied environments that are ultra-luxurious but never pretentious. Instead, their pared-down rooms are remarkably cozy and relaxed due to the blend of natural materials, muted colors, and matte surfaces and textures, especially from wood, stone, and nubby textiles—perfect for the indoor-outdoor lifestyle of their clients. A Clements home is the perfect backdrop for jaw-dropping art collections that may include Picasso, Morandi, Warhol, and Twombly, and for entertaining in spacious, expansive rooms populated by Rick Owens daybeds, Prouvé chairs, Giacometti light fixtures, Asian sculptures, and Persian rugs in pale shades, all blended with exceptional antiques carefully placed about the spaces. Serenity reigns over all, filling the viewer with a peaceful calm that is priceless.
Personal accounts of working with Clements Design and living in their interiors from, among others, Ellen DeGeneres and Adam Levine, complement the glorious photography. Eight Houses: Clements Design offers a simple life set in an environment of exceeding high style and taste.
About the Author
Kathleen and Tommy Clements are the founders of Los Angeles–based interior design firm Clements Design. Mayer Rus is a design writer, critic, and the West Coast editor of Architectural Digest.
"The mother-and-son founders of the Los Angeles firm Clements Design invite readers to wander through eight residences that embody their philosophy: that luxury should feel both intimate and effortless. From gray-blue living rooms to stone libraries accented with Persian rugs and Prouvé chairs, the textures that make a Clements home are captured in stunning detail." —ALTA MAGAZINE
"Star-studded testimonials dot this new tome on in-demand L.A. design duo Clements Design. 'When I have a vision for a room, they are there to fill in the blanks, to bring it all together, to make it sing,' musician Adam Levine writes about Kathleen and Tommy Clements, the mother-son pair whose understatedly elegant work has captivated some of Hollywood’s most stylish movers and shakers. The book, edited by AD’s West Coast editor Mayer Rus, presents artful photographs of eight of the AD100 firm’s completed homes. Sans captions, the images invite the reader to take in the unspoken energy that courses through them, reflecting the dynamic worlds of the residences’ inhabitants. As the Clementses succinctly put it in the preface: 'A home should be visceral and emotional. It should wrap you up like a blanket.'" —ALLIE WEISS, ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST
"In this book, mother-and-son team Clements Design present eight projects that exemplify the pared-back, elegant style their celebrity clients love." —ELLE DECOR