Miles Redd and David Kaihoi share many things: a design firm, an insatiable curiosity, an unrivaled ability to create rooms that are simultaneously stunning and surprising. But when it came to creating their latest collections for Schumacher, they followed their own distinct paths.
“Each collection was really made independently of each other,” explains Miles Redd of the latest entries in his and design partner David Kaihoi’s ongoing collaborations with Schumacher. “We have so many of the same references, but at the same time, different things turn us on.” Kaihoi sums it up thusly: “I probably get more of a kick out of the materials in themselves, while Miles really considers how things will be used.” Redd’s encyclopedic knowledge of decoration is evident in creations like Bespotted, which reimagines a Moroccan rug through the lens of Albert Hadley’s splatter-like renderings; and Ribbon Appliqué, a grosgrain-embellished cotton that he’s already planning to upholster on walls for a Venetian-blind effect.
Kaihoi’s studio-art background shines through with Brushmark Linen, which he describes as “a David Hockney pool meets American folk art painted furniture,” and Hand Combed Plaster wallcovering, which mimics cement that’s been troweled before tiling. On their own, the collections make two unmistakably personal statements; together, they represent the yin and yang of eccentricity and elegance, of graphic and graceful that is Redd Kaihoi. “I think it’s a true testament to our partnership,” says Redd.“We have different points of view, but we complement each other beautifully.”
“We have different points of view, but we complement each other beautifully.”
“I probably get more of a kick out of the materials in themselves, while Miles really considers how things will be used.”
Special thanks to the Antique and Artisan Gallery in Stamford, Connecticut for many of the antiques featured here.