The interiors of artist Apryl Miller’s New York home resemble a color splash canvas with 150 paint colors occupying a good portion of her 4,000-square-foot apartment. Not different from a child’s attempt at painting, there is no proper structure or pattern based on which these colors are used.
A lot of vibrant hues with very little black and white that is confined to a small planned rectangle on the studio wall, this sums up the color theme noted in Miller’s apartment.
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On her journey to create this "fantastically whimsical" abode, Miller told Apartment Therapy: “Once upon a time, I found myself with a very large white box, divided into many other small, white boxes. I, who came from a DIY family, had to take these boxes and make a nest for myself and my young children.
“Out of my passion for my children and wanting to create a childhood home that was unlike any other, I accomplished my goal. But in the process, what came out of it was the emergence of myself as an artist.
“Much like the magician who begins pulling the silk scarf from his throat, I have continued to produce with an unabated creativity. My home is not one put together by curation, rather it was created.”
The idea to create her home into something that’s more personal and expressive kicked in when Miller was looking around to furnish and design her home during 1998-99.
She didn’t want her designs to be confined to a particular era, and therefore mixed and matched elements from different periods to create a unique look.
“I didn’t want my house populated with other recognizable furniture pieces and accessories. I wanted people to come here and to have it be its own inclusive environment, to experiencing just being there in the moment instead of thinking, ‘Oh, there’s that iconic piece by Herman Miller.’ It doesn’t mean you don’t recognize some shapes or periods. I took things already in the world and made them mine,” Miller told Hyperallergic.com.
The result is a house where doors do not have matching doorknobs, kitchen cabinets in various shapes and colors, teardrop rugs and furniture made out of garment fabrics.