James Huniford: At HomeJames Huniford, with an introduction by Pilar Viladas

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An in-depth look at the design process of James Huniford, who is renowned for his skill in juxtaposing opposites - contemporary with traditional, rustic with refined - to create a timeless whole

James Huniford, known to all as Ford, creates elegant rooms, comfortable reflections of their owners’ personalities and lifestyles, in a way that is both empathetic and intuitive. He blends old and new, high and low, formal and casual, with a skill that makes these contrasts look utterly effortless. Each of his projects is different, and each is an authentic response to its place and its occupants.

In James Huniford: At Home, Huniford explores his design process thematically, with chapters on approaching a room, considering scale and proportion, selecting materials and art, using color effectively, and marrying form and function. His goal is to create “a modern sensibility of calm.” Of special interest is his ability to create artworks out of objects he finds, compositions of tools, baskets, or metalwork that become compelling wall sculptures or freestanding pieces.

Examples are drawn from a wide variety of projects—elegant Upper East Side apartments to raw lofts on the Lower East Side to contemporary condominiums in new “supertall” towers in Manhattan, country houses in Connecticut, upstate New York, and Martha’s Vineyard, and across the country in Nashville and Marin County, California.

Special insight into his process can be gleaned from his own homes, a loft in Tribeca, and a historic house in Bridgehampton that he readily admits are laboratories for his ideas.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 261 × 159 mm (10 9/32 × 6 17/64 in)
  • Pages: 232 pp
  • Illustrations: 200 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9781580935173

James Huniford, known to all as Ford, founded Huniford Design Studio in 2008. Raised in Upstate New York with summers in the Thousand Islands region, Huniford explored the world of design living in New York and Los Angeles and traveling through Europe, with extended stays in Paris and Rome. His work is widely published in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, and Veranda, and other magazines, and he has been named to the AD 100 and Elle Decor A lists.

Former design editor of the New York Times Magazine, Pilar Viladas is the author of the recent monograph on Achille Salvagni and a frequent contributor to Town & Country, 1st Dibs, and Architectural Digest.

‘[Features] dazzling projects from around the country . . . explores the concept of interior design thematically, with sections dedicated to scale and proportion, selecting materials and art, and using color in design.’ - Architectural Digest

‘[A] must-have book for the coffee table.’ - Elle Decor

‘If spending so much time at home has you thinking about a redesign, pick up this book on James Huniford's designs and get inspired. Learn about how to approach a room, select materials, use color strategically, and create that sense of inviting calm we are all craving. From elegant Manhattan townhouses to sprawling country homes in Nashville, Huniford's projects will show you a vision of what could be.’ - Town & Country

‘Flipping through James “Ford” Huniford’s latest book, readers may be struck by the range of projects inside. . . . The interior designer’s portfolio, taken in all together, is impressive in its breadth. . . . In each chapter, one small piece of the designer’s approach-whether color, material, or proportion—is unpacked in greater detail, resulting in a book that’s both educational and inspirational.’ - AD Pro

‘Possibly no design monograph has been more aptly titled than James Huniford’s latest tome, At Home. True, the pages are filled with his sophisticated residential interiors, but the book also reflects the fact that the author is perfectly at home with who he is, how his fashionable clients choose to live, and why he prioritizes purpose over panache when it comes to designing any given space.’ - Galerie Magazine

‘At Home is a testament to Huniford’s vision—one that reveals his creativity and imagination, and one that pushes both his clients and his readers to rethink the possibilities of what design can be.’ - Elle Decor

‘In this book, the designer pulls back the curtain on his process, touching on factors like color, light, and scale to give viewers a glimpse at how he pulls together contrasting elements to create warm, inviting homes.’ - House Beautiful

‘...the designer digs into his process, with advice on how to create aesthetically driven, functional spaces using his tool kit of color, proportion, and more.’ - Domino

‘From city lofts to country houses, James Huniford makes every space feel like home.’ - 1stdibs Introspective

‘Those with a penchant for beautiful design can always appreciate a gorgeous new coffee table book. If that’s you, you’ll want to crack open the newly released James Huniford: At Home . . . this monograph is far from all dessert and no entrée.’ - Luxe Interiors + Design

‘A master at mixing, New York designer James Huniford‘s latest book At Home illustrates his talent at blending pieces plucked from disparate cultures and centuries as well as turning a seemingly benign objet into a work of art - all while whipping up a space that feels at once refined and personal.’ - Schumacher's The Edit

‘With an innate sense of scale and proportion, perhaps Huniford’s greatest gift is marrying pieces from wildly disparate eras - and doing so with aplomb. The end results are timeless, unpretentious rooms that defy easy categorization - yet comfort reigns supreme. It’s that sort of original thinking that will have you feeling “at home” within this 232-page book, as well.’ - New England Home

‘Interior designer James “Ford” Huniford does not do predictability. He does not do generic, either. Or forgettable, for that matter. . . . Now, with this book, his inspired ideas are available to everyone.’ - Air Mail

‘[One of] our favorite interior design books now . . . breaks the rules of interior design books and presents his ideas by design element rather than individual project, with eight different sections laying out his aesthetic ideas for the reader.’ - Chairish

‘Stylish and oh-so-elegant, here’s an in-depth look at the design process of Huniford, who is renowned for his skill in juxtaposing opposites like contemporary and traditional, rustic with refined...to create a timeless whole.’ - Society Texas

‘A new decorating tome showcases an array of design styles.’ - Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

‘[A] richly photographed coffee-table book . . . features his A-list design projects - from Upper East Side penthouses to country homes in Connecticut to his own residences, a loft in Tribeca and a historic house in Bridgehampton.’ - New Orleans Times-Picayune

‘Really inspiring.’ - Bevy Smith

‘Ever wondered how best to style vintage objects or artwork in the home? This is the book for you. James Huniford’s interior portfolio seamlessly blends elements of old and new, rustic and contemporary or traditional, to gorgeous effect.’ - Robb Report

‘From sleek city apartments to a rustic island retreat, the many featured homes all demonstrate Huniford’s expert design approach.’ - New England Home