Richard Mishaan on Designing for A Home, Not a House
Brad Goldfaarb interviews Colombian interior designer Richard Mishaan about Mishaan’s art collection. Richard Mishaan is known for having a unique way of combining styles that may not seem to go together. He achieves this effect through colorful paintings, sculptures, and statues. Mishaan also strives to design for the customer instead of designing for himself and expecting the customer to be happy. Because of this, Mishaan has acquired a large collection of his own artwork. The eclectic collection ranges from 17th century paintings to abstract butterfly statues.
Richard Mishaan Designs decorates for both hotels and private residencies. He uses the crossover in customers in his design. Many hotel owners want their residents to feel as if they are home, so Mishaan takes the same approach to designing either space. While his ideas on designing for hotel rooms do tend to get streamlined they always have his classic flair for color. Unlike many artists, Richard Mishaan Designs also tries not to care about the price of art. The idea isn’t to take the most expensive pieces and throw them in a room together, as he explains. It’s to make the room look harmonious and beautiful. To achieve this he finds art that looks good when put together, whether it cost $50 or $500, and whether it be from the 1730’s or 1930’s.
Richard Mishaan designs for his own home as well, a place in New York where he has lived for 18 years with his wife and son. The furnishings in his home are mostly neutral colors. Mishaan insists that if a home is filled with art the furnishings shouldn’t have too much color as this could detract from the art. The only colorful furnishing he has is a bright carpet that goes down a hallway. He bought this, he claims, because of it reminded him of his life in Colombia; violent and messy, but still beautiful.