If you’re a fan of interior design, you’re probably familiar with Richard Mishaan; his designs are delineated by colorful hues and exquisite furniture. Founded in 1991, Richard Mishaan Designs is one of the most celebrated design firms in New York and boasts a diverse portfolio of clients ranging from commercial to residential, and everything in between. Mishaan is a native of Cartagena, Columbia; he moved to New York in the late 1970’s and began his career as a fashion designer before delving into interior design, in 1992.
In a New York post article, Mishaan describes his design style as being heavily influenced by his Columbian heritage. He believes that his strong use of colors helps give a home real personality, which is evident by the color schemes used in his own New York home, and in his vacation home in Columbia. Richard Mishaan believes in keeping a consistent theme when decorating a home; for example, his home in Columbia is comprised of ebonized wood, red doors, and a consistent style of marble throughout the interior. Additionally, each room is similarly furnished
In 2009, Richard Mishaan published a book entitled “Modern Luxury,” which, in effect, sums up the thought process behind his designs; he states that design is a reflection of ideas and the effects that they have on each individual. Richard Mishaan is a Columbia University alumnus; he earned a B.A. in architecture in 1983, but he soon realized that design is what he found most fulfilling.
In addition to attractive color palettes, Mishaan believes that an interior can be even more inviting, by choosing pieces that not only complement a given space but also creates harmony within that space. With that being the case, Mishaan draws on his architectural, fashion, and cultural background to select furniture that best compliments his designs.