Haute Living, sat down with interior designer, Richard Mishaan, to talk about his designs. Haute Living describes Mishaan as a designer who likes to combine vintage pieces with patterns and color. Elle Décor magazine has listed him as an A list interior designer along with being listed on AD 100. The article focused on what inspires Mishaan and where he draws inspiration from.
Richard Mishaan jumps into how the thought of things being collected over time, usually is what he is going for. He explained how he thinks of Italian families, who were involved with craftsmanship, houses would look like. For a Richard Mishaan design, he likes to add vintage and new with layers of bold prints and colors. As he envisioned those Italian families would do when bring home new items they created and adding them to their homes along with older past creations. Richard Mishaan’s designs are created similarly to how a curator of a museum would arrange a museum. Richard Mishaan design has animal prints on different type of fabrics, cord and other things that he uses to create his backdrop. Along with artwork of contemporary Audubon paintings by Walton For. He said that he likes for the rooms to take a journey through time. Mishaan tells Haute Living that “what informs the soul and the mind is culture and travel”. He believes that designs should be based off heritage because it creates legacies that set trends and style. He leaves the interview with how much he loves handmade things because they make an environment stand out.
Colombia born, Richard Mishaan is labeled as a stylistic architectural and interior designer. Mishaan has been known to combine his knowledge of fashion, architecture and interior design all into one to complete his finished projects. He obtained a BA from New York University and attended Columbia University School of Architecture. After school, he went to apprentice under the famed architect Philip Johnson who is known for his modern architect including the Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut. Amongst his amazing design skills, Richard Mishaan, is an author with releasing two book, Modern Luxury and Artfully Modern which both were published by Monacelli Press. Richard Mishaan does not just work with private clients but he often does work for hotels. In 2010, he re-did the suites in the famed St. Regis hotel.
Mishaan has been quoted saying that he does not like it when an individual will not buy something because it is not expensive enough. He has talked about adding under $100 items to an New York penthouse and how those items impacted the house. Mishaan has also disclosed that he has an old sofa that he has had for 20 years (of course it has been re-holstered) and how he does not want to let it go. Richard Mishaan tributes a lot of his inspiration from his mother country Colombia, even though he was always raised in Italy. But he believes inspires him Colombia because of the colors gives him the biggest inspiration.