Best known for his glamorous, irreverent, and layered interiors, architect and interior designer William T. Georgis will be at The Wolfsonian on October 18 for a reception and book signing to celebrate the recent publication of the first monograph on his work, Make It Fabulous: The Architecture and Designs of William T. Georgis (The Monacelli Press, 2013, $50).

“I love to shock,” he says in Make It Fabulous, which features sixteen residential projects designed to incorporate significant art collections. The title derives from what he says his clients often tell him: “Just make it fabulous.”

Examples? A New York City powder room lined with bullet-riddled mirrored panels for that film noir look. A dining room in which a Roman bust of Heracles is paired with—and in dialogue with—a nineteenth-century French crucifix. “You have to be able to coax a meaning from the dialogue that goes beyond visual splendor…There has to be an intelligent component,” Georgis says in an article in Introspective Magazine.

The New York–based Georgis founded his own firm twenty years ago, after working for Robert A.M. Stern Architects and Robert Venturi and designing projects including the Norman Rockwell Museum and the Roger Troy Peterson Institute. Since establishing William T. Georgis Architect, the firm has designed residential, commercial, and institutional projects throughout the United States. Many of his interiors feature furniture of his own design; he also has partnered with companies to design bedding and linen, china and silver, carpets, and furniture.

The 240-page monograph is available for sale in The Wolfsonian’s shop and can also be purchased online through the shop’s website.

>>>Book Signing/Reception for Make it Fabulous: The Architecture and Designs of William T. Georgis, Friday, October 18, 7pm. Free.