It was while enrolled in architecture school—at Harvard, no less—that Chloe Warner realized she didn’t want to be an architect. “It dawned on me that I was way into ornament and decoration in a way that was at odds with my program,” recalls the Missoula, Montana native. She went on to finish out her program, move to San Francisco, and launch an interior design firm, Redmond Aldrich, in 2005. Since then, she’s been layering unexpected color and patterns into classical architecture in a way that merges her technical training and love of decoration.
Warner’s favorite projects are those that involve careful layering over time, a rarity in professional interior design. Take, for example, the carriage house above, which she designed with a client who was happy for the process to take years—patience for which she was duly rewarded. “It brings me more joy the more time that passes,” says Warner. “It keeps getting layered with art in a way that is so special, and at this point it has an atmosphere that you just can’t get after just one installation.”
This careful approach has become somewhat of a specialty: “There’s a depth to our projects,” she says, “that I think is our superpower.”
What sets your work apart?
Our ability to layer pattern and color, to respect architecture and make room for art.
What or who was your first design crush?
And your current design crush.Not just a crush, I fell in LOVE with Ilse Crawford when I purchased her first book The Sensual Home in 2002.
And your current design crush?
I’m currently loving Beata Heuman’s work—my torch for British designers is unflagging!
Where do you look for inspiration?
Design books, the work of other designers, magazines, my radical clients, the houses of people who are creative but not necessarily designers.
For under $100—or even for free!—what decorating trick that has the most impact?
Purge your stuff, swap your lightbulbs, purge your stuff again…
What’s your favorite—and why?—thing to collect:
Vases. Nothing makes me happier than having beautiful flowers in the house.
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