Richard Mishaan is one of the interior design leaders in NYC. For 25 years, his design company has been revolutionizing every interior, from residential, hospitality to commercial settings. Selected many times as AD 100 and Elle Décor A-List, CovetED is about to unravel the exclusive interview with the amazing design expert.
Meet Richard Mishaan, a world leader when it comes to interior design, due to its timeless and artistic interiors, within residential, hospitality and commercial projects. For the past 25 years, the interior designer has been gracing us with unbelievable interiors. To achieve this kind of success, Richard does it with the love he feels for the industry. “My work is that it has forced me to learn. I learn by doing research, by travelling and just by interacting with the people I need to work with. I studied Architecture because of my love of history and geography. My job brings those things into focus daily. The entire design process requires you to draw inspiration from somewhere, I usually find it in history and cultures from varied geographic regions”. Through that massive and continuous learning, he became one of the top interior designers.
To get to the place where Richard Mishaan stands today, he had to overcome many challenges throughout his career as an interior design, in the context of his design firm. “There have been many challenging times in my career. They say that when things seem to look like the path has narrowed, the only way out is to go all the way through. It’s supposed to be funny but it makes sense. I think that my not measuring myself up to others and keeping my eye on the job has kept me focused on the important aspect of what needs to get done”. By saying this, the designer establishes a focus of looking ahead, and giving it your best, without comparing it to others.
Recognized as AD 100, as well as Elle Décor A-List, the designer says that he has not yet “achieved everything I want in life, I am not even close to doing so. I am however grateful that I have been able to do as much work as I have. I have designed projects for Residential, Commercial (stores and restaurants) and hospitality clients (hotels). I have run a retail shop that was part shop part gallery that sold collectable furniture and objects. I first showed the work of designers such as Herve Vander Straten, Olivier Gagnere, Eric Schmidt, Christophe Delcourt, Thomas Boog to name a few. I had shown by Archimide Seguso, Tony Duquette and Hutton Wilkinson, photography by Francesco Scavullo, Roxanne Lowitt and more. I design lighting, furniture, textiles and accessories. I have had a far-reaching career. What dreams are still in the cloud? There are too many to mention”. Although he has been developing many exciting projects, he has yet to fulfil many dreams, that he’ll easily succeed.
His design firm has featured the most innovative and stunning residential, hotel and retail projects. “What makes me filled professionally is when my clients look around their homes and tell me that they love everything about it. That they are pleased brings me joy. I also get the same feeling when I look in a magazine or on Pinterest and see others drawing inspiration from my work or having used my furniture or lighting in their work. I also love interacting with craftsmen and artisans. That really is fulfilling”. In order to feel professionally fulfilled, he loves the feeling of the positive feedback of his clients when they admire the amazing interior design projects that are created.
He’s had many projects published in major magazines and newspapers, that transmits every stunning element. With that dedication, he aims “that the readers have loved the projects as much as I have. It’s funny to think about this as I don’t ever really look for feedback. If someone compliments me that’s great. I am loving social media in that I get to show my point of view on art, architecture, food, design and lifestyle by photographing things and putting them online. Books are also another way to have gotten my message out there”. He aims to reach out to clients that “are avid collectors. They collect art, furniture, homes and whatever they are drawn to. I have had a great time finding context and order to very eclectic collections”.
Right now, he’s working on a “particular Home in Palm Beach Florida that I am obsessing about. I love the location of the home which is on the beach. I like the clients and love the style of the project”. Besides that stunning interior, he’s “also working on Furniture for a line I design for Theodore Alexander as well as some lighting for Visual Comfort”. The particular home in Florida features a “colour scheme that I derived from Andrew Wyeth’s artwork. The furniture Is modernism meets elegance and the lighting is a bit cutting edge as I’m looking to incorporate a bit of futurism into fixtures that are of today”.
As an actual and hottest trend, Richard Mishaan thinks that sustainability is the way to go, along with the establishment of a Zen environment. As far as the craftsmanship goes, the designer thinks that “many artisanal crafts emerging now. I love Stephen Cantonson’s plasterwork. I like Peter Lane’s porcelain. I am Colombian and love the wicker and the baskets from different regions. I love textiles from all around the world”.
In the future, the interior designer affirms that “the focus of design will be to produce things that don’t interfere with the earth survival. Things will need to be energy efficient and not produce toxic by-products in their use and means of production. In terms of aesthetics, they will become more tailored or streamlined. The changes I would like to see happen in this trajectory is that things are still handcrafted and artisanal. I know from experience that there are places in the world where artisans are being offered jobs doing work in factories so that the interest in doing handcrafts will be lost. I am working with organizations to prevent this from happening as well as trying to help keep the artisans employed wherever I can”.
Through this rich conversation, it is possible to see that the interior designer is focused on preserving the artisanal and craftsmanship method into this industry, as well to produce eco-friendly products and projects. Richard Mishaan has an interest in interior design at heart, and that is the best thing to ask for an experienced interior designer.
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