Center City interior designer Michael Shannon has quite the diversified portfolio of projects—from the modern loft space he and his team recently created in Center City’s Lippincott Building to a stunning 19th-century barn renovation in Gladwyne. “I really don’t have a particular style,” says Shannon. “I typically take my cues from the personal style of my clients.”
Favorite rooms in his house: The living room and the bedroom. I like the living room because it represents day-to-day living and, at the same time, a space for entertaining. A sense of comfort is a must, and a sense of order typically makes people feel comfortable. The bedroom should be serene and restful; visual and physical comfort is imperative.
Most prized possessions: The Gilbert Rohde case piece in my living room, a vintage mercury glass lamp on my desk in my bedroom, a pair of Rietveld Utrecht chairs, and my Sydney Goodman painting.
Designers who inspire him: Nationally, John Saladino and Albert Hadley. Locally, Carl Steele.
Favorite design trend of the moment: I’m not a very trendy guy, but lately I’m in love with wallpaper. Whether it’s just textures or patterns, I love what it can do for a room. It’s the initial layer to build on.
His definition of good taste: Achieving a room that appears collected. It shouldn’t be so matchy-matchy, but a combination of purchased and found objects.
Three words that sum up his design: Classic, comfortable and warm.