NEW YORK – Inducted to the prestigious Interior Design Hall of Fame in 1987, Jeremiah Goodman (1922–2017) has long been revered within the interior design community for his ability to infuse static rooms with warmth and personality. His book, Jeremiah: Inspired Interiors, edited by Dean Rhys-Morgan, chronicles the designer’s life and work, drawing on paintings and photographs taken from his own extensive archive.
More than mere illustrations, Goodman’s paintings interpret and inspire, conveying how a space is experienced through the eyes of an artist. Jeremiah can evoke a brocade-upholstered chair or a Baroque mirror with a few calligraphic brushstrokes that both describe and animate. Indeed, so evocative and full of particularized information are Jeremiah’s paintings that they form a unique record of the work of many of the great design personalities of the past half century. Simply put, Jeremiah’s work comprises the best record of America’s greatest interiors.
For almost seven decades Goodman’s stylish and studied brushstrokes have chronicled the homes of power brokers in the upper reaches of the fashion and decorating worlds. Names like Bruce Weber, Carolina Herrera, Reed Krakoff, and Tony Duquette populate a client list that reads like a page from Who’s Who.
Goodman had an unwavering passion for architecture, theater, design and interiors. He illustrated buildings and interiors for the leading personalities, architects and interior designers of his day. His work has been collected by such institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cooper Hewitt Museum and the New Britain Museum of American Art, and such individuals as Nan Bush and Bruce Weber, Michael Bloomberg, Nancy and Ronald Reagan, and Betsy Bloomingdale. His first monograph, Jeremiah: A Romantic Vision, was published by powerHouse in 2007.
After completing a degree in costume design at the Wimbledon College of Arts, Dean Rhys-Morgan earned his fashion stripes working alongside legendary fashion stylist Isabella Blow at Tattler magazine. He has since written on design and fashion for an international array of publications. In 2013 Rhys-Morgan authored Bold, Beautiful and Damned: The World of 1980s Fashion Illustrator Tony Viramontes, a landmark monograph chronicling the work of the leading fashion artist. Rhys-Morgan currently divides his time between London, New York and Los Angeles.
Jeremiah: Inspired Interiors, hardcover, 11¼ x 14¼in, 208 pages, ISBN: 978-1-57687-887-3, $85 U.S./Canada.