Richard Mishaan Design Combines Unexpected Elements for a Powerful Salon

A Richard Mishaan design is known for overlapping tasteful antiques with modern charms. Richard Mishaan, the author of “Modern Luxury and Artfully Modern” is one of New York City’s leading interior designers, named to the Elle Décor A List and the AD 100.


This year, Richard Mishaan designed the grand salon/library at the Kip’s Bay Boys and Girls Club Decorator Show House. For the design, he used Fortuny fabrics, animal prints, and yards of cords and tape to create a layering effect that mimics what occurs to a room organically after belonging to the same family for centuries.


Historically, many powerful families in Venice and Florence would have favored artisans’ works on display through the generations, but would also buy velvets and silks to hang along the walls. It was a sign of taste to have a home that reflected the generations before it as well as the modern generation.


A blurring of time and space is a hallmark of Richard Mishaan design. The room includes the Fortuny fabrics and animal prints, but also an eclectic mixture of wall art, including a London print of a room in the Topkapi palace, a contemporary Audubon painting by Walton Ford, and orientalist artwork. Combined, they make one feel that they are walking backwards through time and the world while standing in the moment.


Richard Mishaan creates a final result that feels solidly put together, on a bold, emotional level. Despite the newness of the room, on display through Tuesday, June 6, it has all the historical grandeur of the much older Italian homes that inspired it.


Richard Mishaan has long been inspired by travel and culture. He loves the handcrafted beauty of older pieces, which still reflect the care and passion that went into making them hundreds of years ago, but also loves and respects modern pieces which carry on that same tradition. He also loves the way three-dimensional textiles, porcelain, and decorative art stand out within their environment.


The Columbian-born interior designer uses the same mashup of eras and styles in his own homes in Columbia and New York City.

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