designers & books sat down with interior designer jeffrey bilhuber to find out firsthand just how engaging and entertaining a storyteller [he is] at a recent face-to-face in his office on manhattans upper east side. before my first book, design basics, i actually had no aspirations or real desire to be an author. rizzoli approached me asking if i would be interested in writing a book. and i asked, why? the publisher had exactly the right answerbecause i believe you have a book in you.