Miles Redd is one of those designers whose name has become synonymous with a specific style. He has built his name giving rooms the Hollywood treatment. So it should come as no surprise that the decorator originally set his sights on the silver screen.
However, while studying film at New York University, it was the sets rather than the stars or scripts that captivated him. “I could turn the sound off and just stare at the spaces,” recalls Redd, who honed his eye after graduation working for antiques dealer John Rosselli and later top-drawer designer Bunny Williams. By 1998, the wunderkind had opened his own Manhattan firm.
The most obvious element of a Redd interior is color. Redd uses richly saturated jewel tones the way most decorators use white paint. In Redd’s interiors, a high-gloss finish often mitigates the heaviness of the deep wall colors. Often inspired by the saucy élan of American design in the 1930s, his cocktail-ready interiors sparkle, shimmer, shine, and seduce.
His signature style (bold colors, animal prints, sparkling surfaces) has earned him ardent fans and a leading role as creative director of Oscar de la Renta Home.
Redd’s own New York City townhouse is a temple to bicoastal glamour with touches of lacquer, a carnation-pink study, and a 1930s David Adler mirrored bathroom so large it doubles as a dining room on occasion. “I blame my personal style on the movies,” he jokes. And like so many great films, it’s a perfect combination of drama and fantasy.
For those of us enamored of Redd’s style, his portfolio gives us license to experiment with colors, textures and patterns. His work is a reminder that interiors can be fun, maximalist feasts for our eyes.