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Melanie Acevedo

Go Inside the Wondrous World of Miles Redd and David Kaihoi for Schumacher

The duo's latest collections are an artistic delight.

June 13, 2022

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.

Miles Redd (left) credits Netflix docuseries The Andy Warhol Diaries with inspiring his faux bout with partner David Kaihoi: “Warhol and [Jean-Michel] Basquiat were doing a boxing-themed promotional shoot for their show, and I thought, that’s a great idea—but let’s put us in black tie!” Agate Slice wallpaper by Miles Redd for Schumacher, fschumacher.com.

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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.”

Brushmark fabric on carved wood chairs and Weeping Pine wallpaper by David Kaihoi; Painterly Windowpane fabric by Miles Redd on slipper chair by Billy Baldwin Studio.

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“So many fabrics are just designed for curtains or furniture; for me, it’s always, can I upholster this on a wall?” says Redd. Painterly Windowpane fabric by Miles Redd for Schumacher, fschumacher.com. Slipper chair by Billy Baldwin Studio.

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“We have different points of view, but we complement each other beautifully.”

Miles Redd

Fabrics on chairs, clockwise from top left: Loose Check Panel by David Kaihoi, Bespotted by Miles Redd, Embroidered Tile by David Kaihoi and Ribbon Appliqué by Miles Redd; all Schumacher, fschumacher.com.

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“I love doing allées of plaster palms in hallways,” says Redd, “so I thought, why not make a wallpaper?” Scattered Lilies fabric on chairs and Villa Palm Panel wallcovering by Miles Redd.

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"I probably get more of a kick out of the materials in themselves, while Miles really considers how things will be used.”

David Kaihoi

“Miles had been taunting me with a couple of Hula-Hoops for months,” laughs Kaihoi. “In the end, I thought why not throw on some sunglasses and have a good time?” Bespotted fabric by Miles Redd for Schumacher, fschumacher.com.

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Special thanks to the Antique and Artisan Gallery in Stamford, Connecticut for many of the antiques featured here.


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