Just four years after graduating from London’s Royal College of Art with a masters in textiles, Kit Miles is a rising star in the interior design world. A combination of fine draughtsmanship, highly detailed imagery and a clever use of scale and colour give his wallpapers and textiles a sensory narrative that draws viewers into a surreal world where the botanical and the geometric come together. And those seeking a customised look can ask Miles to adapt his imaginative designs to suit their own interiors.
What’s interesting about Miles’s work is his ability to use this natural/angular visual tension to create a sense of ambiguity that gives the designs their vivacity and narrative. “I like to put ‘opposites’ together in a new way – strength and fragility, for example – and to play with size so that two seemingly opposing elements can be combined in a way that hasn’t been done before,” he says. “Because I draw all the imagery by hand, I can be very flexible and quickly respond to a client’s unique needs.”
Most projects involve rescaling a design or specifying different colours. Miles has reworked his Birds in Chains design (second picture) using a colour gradient in which deep teal morphs into mint accented by yellows and dusty pinks, and recoloured his Ecclesiastical Botanica (first picture) in shades of magenta – even details like the birds’ beaks, claws and feathers – to pick up on red tones in specific upholstery. For a long hallway of London private members’ club The Groucho, Miles rescaled and recoloured his geometric Fretwork design using a deep navy on a different paper from his standard wallpapers. “I used this small, repeating geometric pattern to create the idea of endless spaces,” he says.
Indeed, special fabrics can also be requested. For example, his Kubrick design (seen on cushion, third picture) was printed on a heavier-than-normal fabric to upholster one client’s Ligne Roset chair, while Ecclesiastical Botanica was printed on silk panels rather than wallpaper for another client. An additional fee of £250 for custom colouration and a further £40 for rescaling apply to the collection’s average prices of £160-£225 for a standard width of wallpaper (£149-205 per m for super-wide) and £150-£205 per m for fabric. Cushions from the studio’s core collection can also be recoloured or rescaled (reworking requires a minimum order of five cushions).