Emily Amy recently did an interesting blog post about beauty and art. She raised some good questions that indirectly got me thinking about rooms that might be described as unapologetically pretty. In particular, interiors done up by Miles Redd. This week Mrs. Blandings is running a great series about memorable design. Redd's name has been consistently mentioned, in part because his work feels fresh yet timeless.
Do you think we also respond so favorably to his style because his rooms are pretty? Never cloying. But simply beautiful?
Shown at top, Cara Enteles, "Bats Help Bees", 24" x 24", Oil on acrylic sheet, courtesy Emily Amy Gllery; Image two above, photography by Simon Upton, Elle Decor, November 2006; Image three is from Elle Decor, March 2001; Image four is from Domino, October 2005.
Above, Redd's patio photographed by Paul Costello. (Visit The Peak of Chic today for more on patterned floors.)
Michael Smith designed this beach house for Lori Laughlin and Mossimo Giannulli. It has soft, feminine edges, but is not saccharin. (Photo by Grey Crawford for Elle Decor.) What do you think keeps the room from being sweet? It even has Teletubbies on the coffee table.
Karen Revis is another artist who seeks to achieve complexity, but on the surface her work is enticingly lovely. Be sure to visit her site to see more. Shown directly above, Tying the Knot, 12" x 12" mixed media and gold leaf on plexiglass. Below, Tying the Knot # 2.
Karen Revis in her studio.