Mix Master Richard Mishaan: Founder Of Richard Mishaan Design

Richard Mishaan is a New York interior designer born in Cartagena, Colombia. Part of his early life was spent in Italy. In 1978 he moved to New York. His unique vision is impacted by both his Columbian heritage with its colorful cities and being surrounded by color growing up in Italy. Throughout his design career he’s always found ways to make disparate objects coexist beautifully. This has now become his signature. He’s the owner of Richard Mishaan Design which he founded in 1991 in New York City.

Not long ago, Architectural Digest featured Mishaan’s New York residence. His art-filled home located on Fifth Avenue features a wide array of textures, patterns, furnishings as well as an eye-popping assortment of art. It fits right in line with Mishaan’s reputation as the ultimate mix master. The entrance hall features a sculpture by Manolo Valdés and glass wall piece by Rob Wynne. He’s known for his harmonious juxtapositions of contemporary sculpture with maybe a 17th-century console. That has made him a favorite among collectors.

The apartment overlooking Central Park is where Mishaan and his wife Marcia Rolfe Mishaan raised their son, Nick and daughter, Ali. Clearly a family space, it nonetheless has museum-quality art and fine furniture. It features a table by Guy de Rougement holding a Chinese artist Zhang Wang stainless-steel piece and a neoclassical carved-wood console. The walls have Rob Wynne glass droplets and a scene painted by Federico Andreotti, a 19th-century Italian painter. Plus there’s a green-and-white marble floor and a cerulean-blue ceiling. It’s an unlikely combination that creates an original look.

Artfully Modern, Richard Mishaan’s soon-to-be-released second monograph, will show homes he decorated in Cartagena, Columbia, Long Island, Mew York and Manhattan. It reflects his individualization and liberal use of idiosyncratic art. It includes pieces by Andy Warhol, painter Donald Baechler, Fernando Botero, an Eric Schmitt designed elegant bronze chair, Marie Antoinette’s 18th-century fauteuil, and much more. Mishaan’s wife called the apartment his lab. Mishaan said his eclectic eye creates an irresistible pull when he stumbles on the perfect object. He then figures out where to put it.