Raised in Atlanta, Miles Redd moved to New York to study film at New York University. More interested in set design, he began working for antiques dealer John Rosselli after graduation, which would serve as a hands-on education in furniture and the decorative arts. Later hired by decorator Bunny Williams, Redd honed his eye as a shopper and design assistant, combing the 26th Street flea market and frequenting the great antiquarians for beautiful finds. Histiny East Village apartment became a laboratory for his particular brand of cozy glamour: he painted the floor in an emerald green harlequin pattern, stacked books to the ceiling, and hung works of art ranging from his own figure drawings to a 19th century copy of a Velasquez Infanta. This playful mix of high and low, emboldened by color and modern gestures but grounded in practicality, would come to define Redd’s style.
After a brief stint studying painting in Lacoste, France, he returned to New York and began decorating friends’ apartments. One job led to another and in 1998 Redd opened his own office in Noho. At ease working in a variety of styles and settings, he relies on innovation and imagination to create comfortable, elegant interiors that express a client’s personality. Traditional room arrangements find their foil in juxtapositions of surface texture – lacquer and plaster, satin and linen – but without becoming precious. He believes in a pragmatic approach to living well and finds the best collaborations come from a meeting of the minds and a shared sense of humor.
Having completed many New York apartments, Redd has also worked on such diverse projects as a Miami Beach condominium, a ranch in Wyoming and a farmhouse in the South of France. He is currently decorating an Upper East Side town house, a couple’s country home in Millbrook, New York, and a Philip Schutze house in Atlanta for a young family. Redd also lends his time to organizations like Housing Works and the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House. His work has been featured in New York Magazine, Vogue, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, House & Garden, W, and Country Life. In 2003, Redd was named creative director of Oscar de la Renta Home.