Brett Miller is a furniture designer based in New York’s Hudson valley. Originally from South San Diego, his path into the design world was long and winding and didn’t start in art school.
What was your latest book discovery? What are your favorite books of all time?
To be honest, I’m not much of a reader. I’ve always been a very physical person with ADHD and as such can probably name the books I’ve read completely on two fingers. I started reading a couple Tom Robbins books but then just ended up downloading the audiobooks. I did just look through this amazing photo book of Georgia O’Keeffe’s homes and work in New Mexico.
Most visited blogs, websites? :
I don’t t really look at blogs, but my most visited websites, according to my search history, would be Craigslist, eBay, McMaster Carr But today I was looking up how to transplant bamboo shoots because I want to make a bamboo fence around my property.
What apps do you use the most and why?
Instagram for sure is my number one vice, used mostly for promotion and to stay connected. Then YouTube, for all my entertainment needs. Lots of late show with Stephen Colbert and how to / diy videos. And QuickBooks, cuz gotta get that money and keep it organized!
Whats currently on your playlist?
Currents Cartas by Los Troqueros
Feeling Good Again by Robert Earl Keen
We’ll Sweep Out The Ashes by Gram Parsons
Hard Time by Dylan Earl
Volver - Vincente Fernandez
Congratulations by Post Malone
Save Charlie by Rubblebucket
Dancing in the shadows by Garrett T. Capps
Torso Hell by Terry Allen
Swinging Doors by Merle Haggard
Space Cowboy by Kacey Musgraves
Pour Me Water by Mr. Eazi
Bambi by Jidena
Angela by Kuami Eugene
What records would you recommend to hear?
All of them
Fresh movie finds? What films do you think everybody should watch?
Rat Film by my buddy Theo Anthony. It’s a documentary that highlights redlining and racial segregation in housing in Baltimore, through the context of the expansion and movement rat populations.
Which artists working today do you admire most?
I’d say my favorite artist is Tschabalala Self. Her work is incredible and poignant and critical to the times we live in. Also, Elbert Perez, Mars Hobrecker, and Tom Roeschlein just to name a few. But it’s a long list beyond that.
What are some of your tv top tips right now?
I really don’t watch tv and haven’t owned one in almost a decade. I’m watching Game of Thrones on my partners cell phone every night before bed though cuz I missed the first 7 seasons.
Who are you following?
I really try to stay off Instagram as much as possible other than posting my own stuff, which is where I get a lot of business from. I use it more as a tool for marketing rather than entertainment and inspiration.
Don’t do twitter.
Podcasts are my jam! I listen to a lot of Snap Judgement, TED talks, Ear Hustle, Pod Save America, The Dollop, Disgraceland, Cocaine and Rhinestones, Radiolab... the list goes on
What tools do you use in your work?
I’m a pretty analog kind of designer. When I think of something I’ll do a quick sketch and then just go for it. I design by doing. A lot of times a new piece ends up looking very different than how it started out. I’m not one for precision and planning so I tend to make it up as I go and I’ll use random measurements based on what looks good or feels good. I’d say my favorite tool is my power planer. That’s what I use to do most of the rough shaping of my work. Besides the chair legs, which are turned on the lathe, all of my round shapes are done by hand with the planer.
What magazines / newspapers do you read regularly?
Alas I’m a child of the digital age so I don’t read any regularly, but I do enjoy Office when I get the chance and other art and photography magazines.
What are your favorite gadgets?
I love my croakies. I’ve had the same pair of sunglasses now for over a year, which is an all time record for me thanks to those bad boys