Good evening, loves! I was just ticked to have the opportunity to interview Miles Redd (Rita Konig was kind enough to e-introduce us!). He is the most charming man. I am inspired by both the decorator's remarkable eye and his dedication to living well. I delighted in getting to know the individual behind the genius a little better-- I wish the same for you!
I read that you studied film at New York University. In your opinion, which films have the most intriguing sets? Which films inspire you?
So many - but I love "The Fountainhead", the lush lighting of "Gone With The Wind", "How to Murder Your Wife," the films of Merchant Ivory, "Last Year at Marienbad," (but turn the sound off), and Stanley Kubrick.
Do you have any new and exciting projects on the horizon?
I love all of my projects. I am currently working on some apartments in New York City, Chicago, and a project in California.
I’d love to see a Miles Redd book in the future. Is this a possibility?
I hope one day.
Mr. Redd's famous bookshelves
New York Social Diary reports that you have a “general dislike of technology.” Is this still the case? Have you thought about getting involved with Facebook and Twitter?
For me, 2010 has been about trying to embrace technology, and while I see it as a necessary part of life, I am shy of social media. I suppose I value privacy, and my friends are really my friends, but never say never!
a exterior shot of Miles' New York townhouse
What advice do you have for those who are in the midst of decorating their first “adult” apartment?
Use it like a laboratory - don't buy junk, comb flea markets, have a floor plan, get your walls, floor and doors right!
the decorator in his outdoor living room, as shot by Paul Costello for Domino
Could you name a few of your favorite little luxuries?
A bath in the morning, ironed sheets, linen napkins, a carafe of water at the bedside, a garden in the city.
Miles' bedroom, as shot for the Wall Street Journal
above, a Jean Cocteau drawing
Do you have a favorite gallery? Who are your favorite artists?
Sargent, Goya, Velasquez, Picasso, Carot, Berard, Cocteau, to name a few. The Met is my favorite gallery.
I'm dying to know-- Does Miles Redd ever run out of inspiration? If so, what do you do when this happens?
Inspiration breeds inspiration - go and look at others…
'60s jet-setters Princess Lee Radziwill, Truman Capote and Jane Howard; Pierre Boulat for Life
What decade, person, place or thing currently inspires you?
I love the elegant lines of the 1930's, the casual chic of the 1960's jet set, and the madness of the 18th Century, I am always inspired by anyone who makes an effort!
David Mullen, Owner of Save Khaki; photo by Unabashedly Prep
What are you wearing this fall?
J. Crew, Tom Ford, Save Khaki.