Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Miles Redd's New Manhattan Office

Miles Redd always has been and always will be one of my favorite decorators.  His work is unabashedly bold, theatrical, inventive, and inspiring- all at the same time.   His coffee table book is one of my all-time favorites and chock full of glossy images.  When I lived in Houston, I tore out a few of my favorite pages from his book and framed them around the house.  Don't worry, I have a second copy of the book that remains unharmed.  To me, he epitomizes how fun designing a home can be if you stay true to your imagination and creativity.  A good friend of mine now rents the office space underneath his Nolita townhome for her business, Crowns by Christy.  When I found out who lived above her, I had a fan-girl moment.  Unfortunately, I have yet to meet Miles in person, but I know it'll happen eventually at an industry event (fingers crossed).   I was thrilled to see his new Manhattan office featured in Architectural Digest this month:

His new 1,800 square foot office located in Chelsea was designed in collaboration with architecture firm Bories & Shearron.  The front hallway, shown above, is covered in a linen fabric printed with branches and leaves.  The fabric is accented with a black grosgrain trim meant to resemble a tent.  The front door is covered in black horsehair as is the powder room door shown to the left.  The opposite side of the powder room door is my favorite element: jewel-toned silk velvets are pieced together to create a Cubist-like collage.  Brass nailheads are arranged on the door in a format that resembles paneling:

The creativity!  The genius!  I'm stunned.

The marquetry doors open on to a Saarinen conference table:

 Strips of antiqued mirror line on the framing of the bookshelves add a bit of zhush to the conference room:

The office's kitchen is covered in robins-egg blue Formica and framed in polished nickel.  The obtrusive pole is made a tad more chic when wrapped in rope:

Miles Redd and his team pose on a sofa in their office's main room, fittingly covered in a bold green silk velvet:

{See the full tour on Architectural Digest}

I love this excerpt from The Big Book of Chic.  I think it sums up what is so special about Miles' design approach:

“This is a book about dreams coming true; the curiosities in the rooms I have decorated; and the people, artists, and places that have inspired me. When all is said and done and I am long forgotten, maybe someone will find this book in a dusty library—if such a thing still exists—and glimpse a bit of the pleasure my life has given me. I want them to have the sensation of dancing across an MGM soundstage, silhouetted in a klieg light, because that was my intention with this book, a very personal blend of work and fantasy.”

Miles also recently released a collection of furniture with Ballard Designs.  I love that he put his unique, personal touch on items that are priced accessibly.  I can't get enough of the frill detail on this swivel chair skirt or the shade on this column lamp.

Have a great Tuesday!


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