Text: Penny Karakasi
Miles Redd was born and raised in Atlanta. After school he moved to New York to study film at the New York University. After his graduation, he decided to work for the famous antiques’ dealer, John Roselli and through this job he discovered his love for furniture and decorative arts. His apartment became his personal laboratory, one job lead to another and soon he became one of the most important interior designers working today. His work has been featured in many leading magazines like Vogue, House Beautiful, Elle Décor, House & Garden, W, and Country Life. In 2003 he was named creative director of Oscar de la Renta Home.
“The Big Book of Chic” is a new decoration bible, by Assouline publications. It is not a book full of Redd’s work, but mostly full of his inspiration. The illustrated volume features, not only black and white, but also a selection of coloured images of rooms decorated by Miles Redd. Besides, one can find what Redd finds stylish “top hat fantasies” by Scott Fitzgerald, Diana Vreeland, Coco Chanel, Marcel Proust, Cecil Beaton and many other significant personalities of the 19th and 20th centuries.
A very inspiring book, filled with innovative ideas that allows the reader to see the world through the eyes of the talented Redd and completely understand his creative vision.
“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”.