MILES REDD

i really cannot think of a better christmas present than the gift of Miles Redd. it’s two fold- a special gift given to me by Miles participating in the designer series “MDS Interviews” and now this gift i get to share with all of you!

i’m especially thrilled about this interview. it might be because Miles and I are around the same age, or that we both have southern roots, maybe it’s that we are both inspired by Oscar de la Renta or that we both love old school glamour with a twist. however, i think the real reason is that i don’t know anyone more chic, glamorous or stylish, more importantly, anyone so kind!

what an amazing and inspiring talent! i’m taking all this in because i know he is going to be considered one of the greats. i have been following his work for years- every project he does remains timeless, feels effortless and defines classic american design with a modern, elegant and refined hand. as you can tell i’m probably his biggest fan!

Miles moved to nyc to study film then went on to work for antiques dealer John Rosselli after graduation. later he was hired by John’s wife, interior decorator Bunny Williams, as a shopper and design assistant. i find all this so interesting because as you know i’m such an admirer of both john and bunny. it’s kind of ironic that miles’ “MDS Interview” is coming directly after Bunny’s- all is meant to be!

Miles just recently published his first book, appropriately called The Big Book of Chic! and let me tell you it’s more than chic- it’s chic, glamorous and stylish! it was also my gift of choice to give for the holidays- the gift of miles continues!

Dear Miles- i can’t thank you enough for the participating in “MDS Interviews”, what a perfect christmas gift to give, get and receive! and here’s to doors and lampshades! enjoy!

 

 MDS-  How would you define your style?

MR- Old School Glamour with a twist.

A glamorous moment in the sitting room of Miles’ townhouse.

 

MDS-  Where did you grow up and how do you think that influences your work?

MR-  Atlanta, Georgia – and I’m definitely influenced by the South.  There is a lot of taste below the Mason Dixon Line, but specifically, Philip Shutze, a great Atlanta architect who built fabulous Italianate homes in the heyday that was the 1920s and 30s… and that certainly informed my youth.

Philip Shutze architecture

Philip Shutze house drawings.

the side entrance of a Philp Shutze designer home with interiors by miles.

 

MDS-  If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?

MR-  I would probably make a very good butler.

A profile drawing of a man in a bow tie from miles’ new book- The Big Book of Chic.

 

MDS-  Who or what is inspiring you right now?

MR-  I get a lot of mileage out of Annette and Oscar de la Renta.

Annette and Oscar de la Renta

 

MDS-  What is the favorite room in your home?

MR-  My bedroom and bathroom is where I spend the most time.  I suppose it is a tossup between the two.  The bedroom, for the view of the garden and the light, and the bathroom for its diamond hard sparkle.

Miles in bed

Coral handle on Miles’ bedroom door

Bathroom sink

Bathroom dinner party- Glamorous!

View of the garden out of bedroom window

The garden

 

MDS-  Is there anything you obsessively collect?

MR-  Art

Miles’ art filled sitting room

Another view of the sitting room

Art in the bedroom.

 

MDS-  Fill in the blank: “I could never own too many ____________ .”

MR- Books

Sitting room bookcase

 

MDS-  If you could decorate anyone’s house- who’s would it be and why?

MR-  I would have loved to have done up something for Babe Paley – an island retreat.

Babe Paley- so chic!

 

MDS-  What do you want to be known for?

MR-  For having fun!

Miles having fun with Chassie Post

 

MDS-  What do you think is chic, stylish and glamorous?

MR-  Things that come naturally – I suppose the opposite of studied.

The Duke of Windsor

painting by Christian Berard

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