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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!




What are your favorite design books?
I love the World of Interiors, Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People, and the Jansen books.



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

Who makes your bed linens?
Leron, Porthault and Schweitzer.



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.


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Reader Comments (20)

He is SO fabulous! What a treat... Thank you Miss Fallon!

xx Katie

So exciting! What a thrill to interview a design icon! xo

11.9.2010 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay

What an amazing surprise! Miles Redd is one of my favorite designers and this interview just adds to it.

This totally made my Tuesday afternoon! Thanks for sharing this peek inside the life of Miles Redd - I heart him :)

Thank you ladies! Isn't he so inspiring? x

11.9.2010 | Registered Commentera lovely being

The photography is simply beautiful. Such great questions! My favorite is advice on the first adult apartment.

Congrats on another great interview, Miss F!

Now come back to Chicago. I have a bottle of wine with your name on it.

A

Alaina,

Soon! I'll be back in December :)
XOXOXO

11.9.2010 | Registered Commentera lovely being

How exciting for you and great for us!! Congrats!

i totally just pooped in my pants.

long live the king.

MFAMB-- agreed. he is the king!

Paige-- thank you so much! xx

11.9.2010 | Registered Commentera lovely being

I'm with everyone else - just LOVE Miles Redd - so creative, innovative, and FUN!! He's the perfect combination of vintage elegance and modern sensibility. Doesn't get any better! Great job!

11.9.2010 | Unregistered Commenterquintessence

Love! I am particularly smitten with the black and white photo from Life. What an interview!

11.9.2010 | Unregistered CommenterEva Whitney

oh my gosh, what a lucky lady you are to have talked to him! He's a total design genius and i love him even more after this interview -- he seems like a genuine, nice guy.

wowza! amazing interview, fallon. he's so inspirational.

Oh thank you! I loooove that man, I could be inspired to paint fifty paintings from one of his interiors. L.O.V.E. Konig did an e-introduce huh,
pretty suweet lady.

11.9.2010 | Unregistered Commentermichelle

What a fantastic interview!!! Congrats to you, and thanks for sharing this with us! I love his list of little luxuries.

11.9.2010 | Unregistered Commenterhip hip gin gin

This is my favorite interview you've done yet. Brava, Fallon! (A garden in the city is THE ULTIMATE luxury, no?)

11.10.2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

No words. Because if I started spilling out the idol-worship I have for Mr. Redd I would seem like way too big a dorkus malorkus to actually one day be his friend, and I am just not willing to give up on that dream.

Great interview, my dear.

What a great treat to read this interview! Hopefully he will come out with a design book for all to love and keep!

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11.11.2010 | Unregistered CommenterVivian

When I read your interview I nearly died of jealousy!! Great questions, great answers! I'm definitely crossing my fingers for a Miles Redd book...

11.11.2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristin Kerr

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