Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Miles Redd Redux II: Mr. Redd's Own Residence

Continuing on with my series revisiting the work of  interior designer Miles Redd, here's his Manhattan townhouse, located in Little Italy, as featured in the New York Social Diary a few years ago.

{This is the fantastically charming facade of Mr. Redd's Manhattan townhouse. Does anyone else in New York go to such great lengths to make the exterior of their townhouse this appealing? Very few! This article talks about Mr. Redd's inspiration for, and approach to, his home's exterior.}

 {The door color and thick, polished hardware already have my attention, not to mention the columns.}

{Mr. Redd always creates an interesting floor--and his foyer is no exception. The Frances Elkins chairs add snap, and I love the plaster palms, though they're hard to see here.}

{These zebra-upholstered doors and the punchy pink walls with red tufted sofa set the design blogosphere buzzing when Mr. Redd first unveiled his apartment.}

{Another view of the living room--once again, the floor has not been forgotten. Mr. Redd's maximalist-eclectic approach is in fine form here, offering plenty of stimulation for the eye.}
{Another seating area in the living room. No matchy-matchiness here, but strands of pink, red, black, and white as well as an animal motif unify the look.}

{Vintage glam details such as the matches and match holder in the foreground, the elegant bar tray, the blue glass hurricane candle holder, and various mirrored pieces reflect Mr. Redd's love of the glamour of the 1930's-1950's.}

{I love Venetian mirrors and fireplace mantels with architectural interest. Never the minimalist, Mr. Redd isn't afraid to pile on the family photos and greeting cards, as per his Bunny Williams pedigree.}

{For all the attention to color and the wild assortment of fine furnishings and interesting objets, this living room remains truly inviting, which is no mean feat. It was undoubtedly very studied in its construction, but manages to look as though it evolved casually as a by-product of natural living. Design success!}

 {The crisp, black and white and stainless steel kitchen provides a refreshing "visual palette cleanse" by contrast to the colorful living room. I love it! Here's a link to a short piece about Mr. Redd's kitchen, from 2005.}

{The lovely window and door (leading to the terrace) have a European feel that adds a lot of charm to the kitchen.}

{Here's his stunning terrace. That trellis and the black and white floor--dynamite! The outdoor area was featured in Domino Magazine several years ago, and was not included in the New York Social Diary coverage of Mr. Redd's townhouse interior.}

{Here's Mr. Redd in dapper attire, enjoying the other seating area on his terrace.}

{Mr. Redd designed the reflective counter tops. All of that polish will surely require upkeep, but who's better suited for such a task than an interior designer?}

{Bathroom vanity glamour and drama, old school style, complete with monogrammed hand towels.}

 {More glamour with the pairing of handpainted de Gournay wallpaper and another Venetian mirror. Mr. Redd's work has some qualities that are reminiscent of Tony Duquette's Dawnridge. If Mr. Duquette were alive today, I imagine he and Miles Redd would have much to talk about. }

 {More lovely French windows with custom lambrequins, and a custom canopy bed. Mr. Redd doesn't try to conceal his TV and media, which I find interesting. I'm definitely one who prefers concealing at least some of those items, especially in the bedroom, but it's refreshing to see that Mr. Redd plays by his own rules. For me, visual busyness= mental busyness which doesn't allow me to sleep well.}

 {Artwork and books everywhere! The large painting is by Etienne Asignat, and the small illustration is by Rene Gruau--whose work Mr. Redd cites as a big source of inspiration.}

{This photo of the bedroom captures how soothing an environment it really is. I believe the little boy is Mr. Redd's nephew, who lives on a different floor of the townhome. In addition to admiring the man's talent, must I also marvel at Mr. Redd's ability to get along with his family in close proximity?!} 

{This is the same bed by daylight. Here Mr. Redd lives as he undoubtedly envisioned, cutting a glamorous figure in an equally glamorous space. The cool blue-grey Brunschwig and Fils ticking and pale wall color establish a restful tone in the bedroom.}

 {I love, love, love that 1930's chest with its glamorous tailored lines and sleek hardware. It looks wonderful with the mirror above, and could single-handedly provide the conceptual inspiration for an entire project, at least in my world.}

 {Mr. Redd weaves his beloved black, white, red, mirroring, and animal motif themes all the way into the bedroom.}

{Mr. Redd purchased the entire mirrored bathroom as a whole, which was taken from David Adler's Estate.  I supposed not everyone would want to be surrounded by mirrors in the bathroom, but talk about glamour!}

{Even the font used to monogram Mr. Redd's bathmat stays true to the vintage glamour theme.}

{The designer at home, looking perfectly coordinated with his interior!}

New York Social Diary published many of these photographs, along with an interview with Mr. Redd. Click here to read their piece.

Here's another interview with Mr. Redd, this time by Wendy Goodman and Alexandra Lange via New York Magazine.
I hope Mr. Redd's interiors are as inspiring to you as they are to me. Happy Tuesday!

Images via Elle Decor, Google, and the New York Social Diary

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Miles Redd Redux I

I adore Miles Redd's design work. And like any true fan, I simply never tire of looking at his interiors, so I've decided to revisit some of the highlights of his various projects in a series of posts. No apologies here, just pure adoration.

The following project is a 2-bedroom prewar apartment in Manhattan, the home of Tom Mendenhall, chief operating officer for Tom Ford, and his partner, James Scully, a fashion show producer.

{The entrance to the apartment comes off like some kind of gift-wrapped package. Such elegant attention to detail! And when you've passed through the green on green hallway, what should greet you but...}

{...an organic explosion of handpainted wallpaper--which magically conceals the otherwise prominent venting on the ceiling. That black and white chevron floor adds an organizational touch that's something like the effect of saddle shoes on a school girl!}

{Here's a detail of the de Gournay wallpaper used to fine effect in the foyer. Yum.}

{Miles Redd's characteristic use of bold color pairings is on display here, along with that show-stopping herringbone floor. In anyone else's hands, all the elements going on in the living room and the foyer beyond would clash terribly, but Mr. Redd manages to make it sing.}

{Those lacquered walls possess a glossy luxuriousness that ratchets up the glamour quotient quite handsomely!}

{Rich Emperador Dark is one of my favorite marbles, especially in large expanses and paired with a touch of gold, as in this bathroom.}

{This vignette is so quintessentially Manhattan--a small, elegant sitting area ensconced in a library-like space where books and artwork comingle happily.}

{Mr. Redd has never been accused of being the wall flower of the design world. And in this project, he does not disappoint. After passing through tastefully elegant rooms, what should we stumble upon but this spritely green kitchen! Mr. Redd makes every square inch of this 2-bedroom apartment shine.}

Sheer fabulousness. Need I say more? I'll continue on with my version of Miles Redd's greatest hits in blog entries to come. Stay tuned! 

Here's a link to the original House Beautiful  interview with Miles Redd about this project.

Italian Fashion Designer Roberto Capucci

Roberto Capucci (born 1930) is an innovative fashion designer who was once dubbed the 'Givenchy of Rome.' The Philadelphia Museum of Art has been featuring a retrospective of his work, entitled Art Into Fashion, (Capucci's first U.S. retrospective) which closes today--so if you live in Philly and you're reading PBC Style over brunch, swallow that last bite of pain au chocolat and make a mad dash for the museum! Otherwise, read on...

{Roberto Capucci's retrospective, Art Into Fashion, closes today at the Philadelphia Museum of Art}

Capucci is known for creating bold, sculptural dresses using colorful and unusual materials. He describes his creative process as a complete sensory experience, an assault of emotion, color, nature, beauty, music, and poetry. He opened his first couture house in Rome in 1950, when he was only 20 years old. Within six years, he was praised as one of Italy's finest designers. In 1962, he moved to Paris where he opened a couture salon and began experimenting with the use of avant garde materials such as raffia, wire, and stones in his designs. Not surprisingly, after dazzling the fashion world for many years, he withdrew from the 'scene' in 1980. From 1982-1996, he presented one collection per year, debuting in a different city each time. Capucci has been very influential in the fashion world, and is a man far ahead of his times. 'Art' fashion designers such as Issey Miyaki, Isabella de Borchgrave and, in a different way, Alexander McQueen, owe a debt to Capucci's innovation. Capucci describes his work as "a study in form," and in looking at his designs, his focus on form (and color) is evident:

{The detail on this jacket is stunning. It has an origami-like quality reminiscent of Issey Miyaki's work.}  

 {This dress has a wonderful Asian-avant-garde vibe that I appreciate. Many of Capucci's designs are not the most wearable of garments, but they are quite innovative and memorable, and reflect an original mind.}

 {I love this luscious shade of almost-Chinese red!}

{Designer Roberto Capucci with his sculptural creations}

1st Dibs posted a wonderful article with gorgeous images of Capucci's work which you can read here.

I have a deep appreciation for talented, innovative artists in all genres, and Capucci is most definitely an inspiration!