Raised on the designs of Sister Parish and Albert Hadley, Chloe Redmond Warner (who also graduated from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design) has an appreciation for the classics. Yet her work also brings a spirited sense of style that gives familiar fabrics, silhouettes, and textures a very 2016 feel. We caught up with the San Francisco-based designer to learn more about the inspirations and influences behind her work. Here’s what she had to say:
Viyet: What inspired this career path for you?
Chloe: My mom is an artist and my dad is a scientist, and I always thought being an architect would be the perfect mix for me. I should have noticed the unholy passion I felt towards the “Bed in a Bag” invention that swept department stores in the ’90s, but by the time I figured out I should be an interior designer, I was in architecture school at Harvard and I wanted to finish. So I’m a decorator with an architecture degree.
Viyet: What is your go-to source for inspiration?
Chloe: I love Instagram, I love Pinterest, I love shelter magazines, I love art shows and galleries and fairs (Fog Fair in SF, Art Basel in Miami, Frieze in New York), and I love fancy coffee table books. I love my clients. They bring me so many resources I never would have considered, and working with that inspiration makes each project unique.
Viyet: Tell us about your creative process.
Chloe: I start by making a style guide for each project. It distills the direction of our design into 10-15 images, and it makes sure everyone is on the same page. Then we shop in person, we scour the Internet, we draw, and we refine. We make palettes with paint chips and fabrics and rugs and metal samples, put them on the floor and have clients point to the ones that make them happy. Then we assign fabrics and colors to specific pieces, refine the floor plan again, price everything out, and get instant approval (kidding!). We refine again for budget usually, then we order, and install between 3-8 months later.
Viyet: If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space and for whom would it be?
Chloe: I would love to do a small hotel with intimate bedrooms, gorgeous hallways, transportive elevators, the most fun and sexy restaurant, and an elegant and perfectly lit lobby. I’d develop a plant and flowers program and it would be refreshed weekly and seasonally, and I might move in.
Viyet: What do you love about Viyet?
Chloe: It is so incredible to have access to showroom-quality pieces without the wait, and I love seeing who is consigning what. For example I love Nick Olsen’s work, and when I saw a sofa he used on the site, with a picture of how he used it, it was so easy for me to convince my client that it could work. The sofa was very bold, and if it had come from any other source without the inspiration, we never would have gotten it.
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About the Designer:
Right after graduating from the architecture program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Chloe founded Redmond Aldrich Design in 2005. Learning from her stylish mother and grandmother, she inherited an appreciation for flowers and fabrics, learning that interiors deeply matter.