Quiet Spaces

William Smalley, Harry Crowder

An elegant presentation of interiors for introverts, placing the minimalist work of London architect William Smalley alongside buildings around the world that have inspired his practice.


The interiors in Quiet Spaces were made for private contemplation: calm places in which to read a book, listen to music, or have dinner with friends. Showcasing the possibilities of sophisticated, low-key luxury design,this book presents the work of William Smalley alongside a selection of inspirational spaces across the globe that have influenced his practice.

This timely publication speaks to the growing trend for slow and calm living, boosted by a return to focusing on home life thanks to the pandemic. Organized into four themed chapters—”Space,” “Silence,” “Shadows,”and “Life”—Quiet Spaces reveals the importance of key design concepts in creating quiet equilibrium in Smalley’s practice, as well as in homes, interiors, and architecture more generally.

Projects range from Smalley’s work—including his own Bloomsbury apartment and several private residences, frequently in old houses—to inspiring buildings around the world, such as Mexico City’s Casa Luis Barragán, Villa Saraceno in Italy, and Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge. Newly commissioned photography gives fresh insight into the experienceof living in these exquisite spaces, brought together in an elegant and covetable package that will inspire designers, architects, and anyone with a love of minimalist design.



William Smalley


William Smalley is a British architect known for his distinctive design language, which integrates a reverence for tradition with uncompromising minimalism. Included in House & Garden's current Top 100 and described in The Times as “one of the hottest architects in the world right now,” Smalley's current work includes projects in the United Kingdom, New York, and the French Alps.

Harry Crowder

Photographs By

Harry Crowder is a British photographer who has worked with John Pawson, the Financial Times, Zara Home, and Rose Uniacke, among others.