Richard Mishaan Design is noted for blending disparate styles and patterns to create something regarded as alive and visually appealing. Richard Mishaan was born in Cartagena, Columbia; he spent part of his life in Italy and has lived in New York since 1978. He credits his early life to be a major influence to his taste in design. According to an article in “Architecture Digest” Mishaan is the author of two books that feature samples of his proofs from his family home, a spacious Manhattan apartment overlooking Central Park; a retreat house in Cartagena, Columbia; and a dwelling on Long Island, New York. Richard Mishaan is also credited to have re-designed the suites at the St. Regis hotel in New York in 2010.
Mishaan says of his first book, “Modern Luxury” 2009, the tone in this volume is to show the range in options for high-end design. This may be reflected in a unit containing both paintings and sculpted pieces, contrast in furniture or composition of materials used for flooring and ceiling for example. Moreover, color schemes reflect variation. Examples in his published work demonstrate use of bright blues, stripes and plad.
Mishaan lives with his wife, Marcia Rolfe Mishaan who too is a professional artist and their young adult children. Their family space is a Manhattan apartment near Central Park where they have lived for under 20 years. Their home contains eclectic furniture and museum-quality art pieces. One may note art pieces by Manolo Valdes, Donald Baechler, 19th-century Italian painter Federico Andreotti and sculpted works by other notables placed throughout the dwelling.
Noted too, the master bedroom contains a wealth of pieces that reflect variety and eclectic style. Thus, the personal surroundings and public arenas where Richard Mishaan has been commissioned to display his architect design attest to his canny ability to blend eras, styles, colors and materials. He says, “I just like discovering things, and that’s what I do.”