Redd gets it right for Ballard. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Miles Redd found his way to NYC where he studied Interior Design at NYU. Though some call his style quirky and theatrical, I think it rather sophisticated. Sophisticated need not be stuffy, and with Miles love of shiny objects and surfaces, and high gloss paint in bold poppy colors, he’s a far cry from boring.
I once had occasion to meet Jonathan Adler, and I asked him if he knew Miles because their design styles seem to share an ability to coax a smile out of even the most steadfastly serious individuals. Jonathan reported that they were good friends. Smile I did at that. I told him that I drew much inspiration from his furnishings and accessories, and I hope to be able to tell Miles the same one day.
When my Ballard Designs catalog arrived the other day, I spotted a canary yellow, ribbed and upholstered, with a long tassel fringe chair on it’s cover. I saw it and said, that’s new, and I wonder who they have designing for them now. If only I’d REDD on I would have discovered.
I paged through trying to find something – anything that perhaps I didn’t love so that I might narrow down the topic of discussion, but this Bunny Williams trained talent really gets it right. His acid green diamond coffee table $599. , also available in navy with chrome, is a stunner. The diamond dining chair with the fretwork detailed seat in chalky white or high gloss black and an a bright selection of leather fabrics to choose from, making it both edgy and glamorous all at the same time. $649. The glass deco fireplace screen for $299. is a yes! The Alberta Button Headboard, $699. (queen) and the Tuxedo Chest $2299. in black lacquer are just a few of the stand out pieces in this collection.
Miles style can sometimes look buttoned up in its perfection – as is often customary among Southern designers, but it takes the edge of with a bit of the playful in the form of a polka dot, or a gingham fabric, and you are reminded of how and why he rose to the top of the design world so quickly since opening his own studio in 1998….he’s good.
While the pieces are a little pricier than Ballard’s typical pp, I’ll be one of the first to say I think it’s worth it. I better get moving with number 5.