16 July 2009

Seeing Redd

As anyone who has read Mrs. Blandings' Enduring Style series knows, I am a HUGE fan of Miles Redd's work and last night I got to experience one of his spaces firsthand. For weeks, I've been counting down the days until the unveiling of my dashing friend David's newly decorated flat and the results were *gobsmacking*.

You will have to wait for whichever lucky magazine ends up profiling this swanky and swelligant space to see more, but three words capture the vibe completely: Rue Wintherbotham Carpenter.

Chicago's exclusive Casino Club still preserves Wintherbotham Carpenter's interior decoration

Hopefully a guest blogger will shed more light soon on this virtually forgotten but tremendously chic decorator who was also one of the major power players in Chicago's art scene in the 1910s and '20s.

As I watched the big day loom closer, I grew more and more apprehensive about what would make an appropriate housewarming gift. After all, with Mr. Redd curating all surface-scaping, the bar was set vertiginously high. Then, out of the blogosphere came the answer in my inbox from a kind reader: Shandell's matchboxes, handmade by Susan Schneider.

Simple, small, and one-of-a-kind - I knew it was a home run, especially after I found this one with the bird's eggs, which just happened to be the shade of David's blue lacquered walls. Click here to visit Shandell's Etsy store and scoop up your own.


Mrs. Blandings said...

An excellent choice! Just the thing, but not over-thought over-the-top. I bet it was a treat.

home before dark said...

I am seeing red on your seeing Redd. I admire his confidence, his verve and his vision. You have to give us more hints...maybe in code.

Shandell's said...

I am a huge fan of your, now I am honored that you posted about my matches. Thank you.

Emily Evans Eerdmans said...

Home, lacquer, black sateen, pops of emerald and fuschia, and a signature patterned floor just begging for Fred and Ginger...it's truly a space that makes you instantly wittier and more fascinating... EEE

Margaret Roach said...

One of the great retail treasures of the area I live is Shandell's...a magical store to get lost in with all its vintage bits and pieces. Fascinating what Susan makes into what! So glad you discovered her and shared her with others, too.

The Peak of Chic said...

Emily- You've left me hanging here... on both the Miles front and Wintherbotham Carpenter!!!! I'm dying here. :)