Marc Vassallo

Speech Topics:
The Barefoot Home: Design for Casual Living
Creating the Not So Big House and the State of Suburbia in America
Megatrends in Home Design
Inside the Not So Big House: Building Better not Bigger

Marc Vassallo is one of today's top experts in home design and living and speaks on trends that shape the way we live at home, from “the new informality” to “home as haven” to “sustainability.” His most recent book The Barefoot Home: Dressed-Down Design for Casual Living was chosen “Best of 2006” in home and garden books by the editors at Amazon for its smart, helpful, inspirational text and photos.

With formal education in architecture and creative writing, Vassallo understands and clearly articulates home design trends and ideas. In 2005, Vassallo partnered with acclaimed architect and author Sarah Susanka for a groundbreaking book about crafting quality and character in a home through architectural details. Inside the Not So Big House: Discovering the Details that Bring a Home to Life (The Taunton Press, Sept. 2005) quickly became a best seller and a hit with homeowners, architects, and design professionals across the nation.

In The Barefoot Home (The Taunton Press, Sept. 2006), Vassallo teaches us how to “dream with our eyes wide open” and heralds the next big home design trend, dubbed “The New Informality,” and calls for us to make our homes as open and informal as our lives have become. Vassallo embraces a new way of thinking about home as he puts forth his Barefoot Manifesto: “Relax, open up, embrace the sun, live outside as well as in, and adopt a barefoot state of mind.” It's a simple, powerful, timely message, richly illustrated by homes from across the country that are casual and comfortable, informal and open, filled with light, and connected to the outdoors.

Vassallo has more than two decades of experience in creative writing and publishing, with eight of those years spent in various editorial positions at The Taunton Press, including a top position as the company's editorial director. As a freelance writer, he has written for respected publications such as Cottage Living, Cooking Light, and Saveur.

Vassallo received a Bachelors degree in architecture from Cornell University and a Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Virginia. In 1998, he was awarded an Individual Artist Grant in Fiction by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Before pursuing a full-time writing career, Vassallo designed and built his own Barefoot Home in Virginia. The 1,400-square-foot, energy-conserving house features an open plan, generous windows, and a wealth of thoughtful details, despite costing well under $100 per square foot to construct.

He speaks regularly across the country at national and local events such as “Future Trends Conference” in Miami, West Coast Green in San Francisco and the AIA National Convention in San Antonio, Texas. Travels from New Haven, Connecticut.

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