The New York Times, June 21, 2013: "Crazy, Wacky and Elegant"
November 1, 2014
"'I had this idea of all the holidays you can think of, but somebody had taken then before me,' said the designer Richard Mishaan about his dining room for the first Holiday House Hamptons, a show house with a festival theme opening Sunday. Not to be discourage, Mr. Mishaan, one of 24 designers outfitting a 7,900-square-foot building in Bridgehampton, N.Y., painted his walls the sublime azure of a glacial lake, added bright blue miniatures of the 'Venus de Milo' and 'Winged Victory of Samothrace,' and declared the room a celebration of the French artist Yves Klein's birthday.
'I'm really crazy about art,' he said. 'It really makes your life so much better and makes any environment so beautiful.' And because his budget didn't accommodate the Klein sculptures, not to mention the frame Richard Serra and Cy Twombly works, Mr. Mishaan and his staff made all the art in their office.
Much of the rest of the decor, including pendant lights, sconces, dining table, chairs and credenza, are Mr. Mishaan's own designs. (The rug is by the Rug Company, the tableware by Lenox.) Showhouses, he noted, are opportunities for designers to do 'crazy, wacky things.' But he resisted any impulse to let his gaga flag fly. 'I wanted people to understand it's an elegant room and very much within reality,' he said."