Beauty & Mischief

The Design Alchemy of Blackman Cruz


An all-encompassing look into the ethos and inspiration of the famed interior design duo, Adam Blackman and David Cruz, known for their quirky, daring style, which has drawn in celebrities and tastemakers worldwide


ISBN: 9781951836979 Category:

David Cruz, Adam Blackman, Stacie Stukin


With a keen eye for evocative design, Adam Blackman and David Cruz have been delighting audiences in their Blackman Cruz showroom with their passion for acquiring showstopping furniture, lighting, decorative arts, artifacts, and iconography for over thirty years. Gravitating toward the rare, dramatic, and playful, these purveyors of “life enhancers” create environments with objects that captivate with their multisensory design aesthetic and unusual provenance. With a design ethos that runs the gamut from operatic to telenovela, their pieces are rarely perfect but always entertaining. From a pair of chairs from Al Capone’s retreat to a rare 1930s Arturo Pani desk to the one-of-a-kind creations of designers such as Carlo Bugatti, José “Pepe” Mendoza, Mike Diaz, Lika Moore, Jane Hallworth, and Gianni Vallino, among others, Beauty & Mischief showcases the merchants’ predilection for the quirky and the quintessential, inviting readers to indulge their senses and curate their own spaces.

Additional information

Weight 3192 g
Dimensions 28.8 x 36 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 26 October 2023
Number of pages 288
Format Hardback
Contributors Foreword by Ryan Murphy
Dimensions 28.8 x 36 cm
Weight 3192 g


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Adam Blackman and David Cruz are the creative driving force behind Blackman Cruz, the Los Angeles–based gallery and showroom. They both live in Los Angeles.
Stacie Stukin is a freelance arts and culture journalist. She has written for publications such as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, Architectural Digest, and W magazine, among others. She lives in Los Angeles.
Ryan Murphy is a six-time Emmy-winning television and film writer, director, and producer. His work has also garnered two Grammys and a Tony, and he is the recipient of the Carol Burnett Television Achievement Award. Murphy lives in Los Angeles.