Textures and shades mix with a plywood chair, burled oak cabinet and shapely cream side table.
"Art and comfort in the den," says designer Thomas O'Brien in his new book, American Modern. "Most striking here is the collection of genetic self-portrait photographs by my neighbor and good friend Gary Schneider. I love the modernism and the intensity of the jet black backgrounds in these pictures. Above the sofa, his pair of magnified nineteenth-century plant slides reminds me of the fantastical scale of constellations."