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Read These 5 Tips from Redd Kaihoi Before Your Next Auction

June 25, 2020

While the interiors whipped up by the Redd Kaihoi team could be considered art in their own right, we thought we’d dig a little deeper and find out just how does this uber talented team of three find the one-of-a-kind pieces that hang on the walls of their projects. Here, Miles Redd, David Kaihoi, and Blake Brunson spill the beans on how they navigate the world of auctions.

Miles Redd, Blake Brunson, and David Kaihoi of Redd Kaihoi.Margaret Daniel

What are your favorite auctions?

Preferably the ones that go under the radar! We do so miss the defunct Tepper Galleries for its obscure New York sales, because what you really want is a sale of items from a person with great taste and a low profile, so you get a smart collection without the star power provenance, which drives up the cost. To us, it’s amateur to buy something simply because it belonged to someone famous.

 

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Any amazing finds recently?

It’s always the last purchase. You think you’re satisfied and then Collectico strikes again!

 

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A detail from a California sun room. It is all in the mix: high/low, ancient/modern, organic/geometric.

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Do you ever buy things even when you don't have a project in mind for them yet?

We earmark every purchase with client approval for a specific sale and try not to buy inventory, but sometimes you just can’t help it. The siren song is too strong. In which case, they live with us at our office until we eventually find them an undeniable, perfect home.

 

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Do you have a list of key terms you use to search?

We typically search for quality and curiosity, so we don’t exactly cast a net for art with key terms. If we have something in mind, it’s typically a specific artist or perhaps a specific scene, like ’19th cent desert landscape in gouache.’

 

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Can you share any secret tips for installing art?

A museum will say 60″ high from the floor to center is correct, but for interiors there are no rules. Trust your eye and do what appeals. We love to hang single things low in conversation with furniture, lamps and tables or otherwise stacked to the ceiling.