Designer Portfolio: Miles Redd

Designer Portfolio: Miles Redd

Anna Hoffman
Jul 22, 2010

Miles Redd is one of those designers whose name has become synonymous with a specific style. To me, his work evokes the bachelor apartment of an eccentric aesthete, some kind of lovable uncle character from fiction who is always drinking rye and saying "old boy." Redd's mixture of antique furniture and art, his masterful arrangements of objects, and, above all, his rule-breaking riot of color, contribute to his singular vision. Despite his constant envelope-pushing, we can see some common elements throughout his portfolio, many of which can serve as inspiration for our own projects and dreams.


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 (images 2-5).

Redd will often echo the wall colors in the furnishings, while not necessarily matching them exactly. A glossy peacock blue living room, for example (image 2), contains two velvet chairs and a lampshade in similar hues, as well as two pale blue cushions on the sofa. Antique blue-and-white Chinese stools in a foyer (image 3) pick up the royal blue of walls witho