Kabinett & Kammer

Creating Authentic Interiors



ISBN: 9780865653825 Category:

Sean Scherer


“In this book, Sean Scherer shows us all how to create unique sanctuaries for ourselves…. Imaginative spaces that are authentic and honest, designed to be lived in and loved.” – Anderson Cooper (from his foreword)

“From whittled songbirds to industrial apparatus, artist Sean Scherer uses disparate historical objects and layers them into beautiful ensembles to create his interiors. This book is both a celebration of his work and a practical guide to collecting.” — The Observer Magazine

“The book is a keeper. A must have on my list.” – Robert Rufino, Style Director of House Beautiful

Kabinett & Kammer is equally a celebration and a practical guide to both collecting and showing how lively design can integrate disparate objects from the past into beautifully layered ensembles. Sean Scherer’s interiors feature vintage display cabinets housing discarded collections of whittled songbirds, a plethora of stunning 19th-century maps and school teaching aids, semi-tropical ferns in cast-iron planters, mysterious industrial apparatuses displayed against eye-catching colours, and photomurals. The effect is a supercharged nod to American Gothic heightened by Scherer’s sophisticated palette and sense of proportion. His interior language speaks with a calm authority coupled with a zest for life. Each photograph by master photographer William Abranowicz is a lesson on such topics as colour and texture, focal points and room size. The book has universal appeal because, though styles fluctuate and tastes are unique, the principles of design are immutable and good design is good design – invaluable lessons for composing a signature, comfortable interior.

Additional information

Weight 1554 g
Dimensions 24.3 x 31.4 cm
Publisher name The Vendome Press
Publication date 17 September 2020
Number of pages 208
Format Hardback
Contributors Photographs by William Abranowicz
Dimensions 24.3 x 31.4 cm
Weight 1554 g


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Sean Scherer studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, exhibiting his work extensively throughout North America and Europe. He moved from New York to the Catskills in 2002, opening Kabinett & Kammer shortly after, and is Professor of Art at the State University of New York at Oneonta.

William Abranowicz has been a photographer for more than 40 years. His work is in collections throughout the world and has appeared in nearly every major publication in the United States, Europe and Asia. Among his most recent books are American Originals: Creative Interiors and Natural Elegance: Luxurious Mountain Living.