Richard Mishaan Melds the Old With the New to Create Truly Modern Design
Full-service interiors company Richard Mishaan Design has built an impressive list of Manhattan clients over the years. His work as an interior designer for New York’s elite has now grown to include his own accessories firm, Homer Design. The Richard Mishaan Design aesthetic combines the collected pieces of his clients with newer, often custom, pieces that create a unique and individualistic feeling in their homes.
A native of Colombia, Richard Mishaan Design’s owner studied at both NYU and Columbia University, studying both design & architecture. Following his formal study, Richard Mishaan began an apprenticeship with the highly-esteemed offices of Philip Johnson prior to founding his own design firm.
Richard Mishaan Design recently completed a project in Mishaan’s native Colombia, in Cartagena, that is an illustrative example of the techniques used by Richard Mishaan Design with such success. The first, most striking, realization is the visual contrast between both old and new pieces as well as traditional and contemporary design styles. These paradoxes create a conversation between the pieces and the styles that is welcoming and unique.
The Cartagena project is its most successful when there is a combination of different textures, styles and materials. The formal and traditional wood paneled entryway with an arched doorway opens to a modern and light-filled living space with polished tile flooring. The contrast is striking and comforting at the same time.
It is through juxtapositions such as these that Richard Mishaan has continued to delight his clients and distinguish himself from the pack. Mishaan is also a successful author of two well-received books entitled Modern Luxury and Artfully Modern, both published by Random House’s Monacelli Press. Design enthusiasts follow Richard’s career with great enthusiasm, knowing that whatever project he undertakes will be executed with mastery and skill. His ability to embrace the old and the new is a true gift.
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