Amy Butler Greenfield's critically acclaimed book, A Perfect Red, deserves a second mention. I've just started reading her dramatic history of the color and the potent natural red dye, cochineal, that caused such a sensation centuries ago. Now when I look at all of the red in Elle Decor's December issue -- especially Miguel Flores-Vianna's photographs of Miles Redd's project -- I see new things. Greenfield really succeeds in explaining why the color inspires such passion. So the book would be a great addition to everyone's personal design library.
While taking a glance at the bookshelves in the Redd interior, I noticed a tome on 15th century painter Jan van Eyck. Interestingly, it is van Eyck's Portrait of a Man that was chosen for the cover of Greenfield's book. Specifically, a detail of the dramatic red headdress.
Credits: clockwise from the top left: library designed by Miles Redd, photo by Miguel Flores-Vianna; pillows from Yastik by Rifat Ozbek; book jacket for A Perfect Red; the cover of Elle Decor, December 2009, interior design by Miles Redd, photo by Miguel Flores-Vianna; my own ribbons; a screen grab from Bright Star, costume design by Janet Patterson; Turkish medallion rug, cover of Hali, winter 2008; notions from French General; Jan van Eyck's Portrait of a Man, the National Gallery; from Elle Decor, December 2009 a photo by William Waldron.
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