Chloe attended the architecture program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, and founded Redmond Aldrich Design right after graduating in 2005. Her stylish mother and grandmothers instilled a passion for flowers and fabrics, and a belief that interiors matter deeply.
What inspired this career path for you? 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 passion I felt towards the “Bed in a Bag” invention that swept department stores in the ’90’s was unholy, 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.
What is your go-to source for inspiration? 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.
Tell us about your creative process. 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 floorplan 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.
What’s a staple in your toolkit? Vintage pieces
Who do you look up to in the design world? Daniel Romualez. He does gorgeous work in different styles – traditional, modern, sexy, grandmotherly, and they are all best in class, which I admire.
If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space and for whom would it be? 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.
Tell us your favorite design related word, phrase, or quote. I’m so warped that I can justify any furniture purchase by telling myself “You get what you pay for”
What do you love about Viyet? 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.