Designer Steven Miller founded Steven Miller Design Studio (SMDS) in 1999. SMDS and SMDS Hospitality provide consultation and interior design services for both residential and hospitality design projects. Miller and SMDS are known for sophisticated and stylish residences, hotels, restaurants and products; most of all though, he is known for the sense of fun and whimsy that enlivens all of his work.
Miller’s passion and talent for design were apparent even in early childhood. Word spread fast through his suburban Chicago neighborhood and by the time he was in middle school Miller was a sought-after consultant on matters ranging from furniture and art arrangement to renovation and reorganization. As a teenager, Miller was hired to design the windows of a local home furnishings and accessories boutique on the recommendation of his high school art department. A designer was born.
Enrolling at the California College of Arts (CCA) he earned a degree in Interior Architecture and pursued additional studies in Art History, Industrial Design, and Furniture Design. Miller early professional design career was marked by several years with the firm of distinguished designer Gary Hutton, working closely with him on high-profile projects, and helping launch what has become a very successful luxury furniture line.
Collaborating with leading brands, architects, furniture manufacturers, SMDS consistently turns out eclectic, original designs and environments that are, by turns traditional, modern, elegant, or simply outrageous. Miller is also the Founder and Creative Director of the highly lauded gallery of Applied Arts called the NWBLK.
”We all know intuitively that life is better when we live, work, or play in a beautiful space,” says Miller. “Designers get to make that happen. It’s a privilege and a challenge—and for me, a joy.”
Miller and his partner split time between San Francisco and Yountville, Ca. Their homes, constantly evolving, act as laboratories of ideas… often to counteract the anti-décor antics of their two pugs.