The New York Times, July 10, 2014: "Cover Artistry: Shopping With Richard Mishaan"
December 5, 2014
"To change the look of a room, you may only have to change the bedding.
'There are two things that I'm obsessed with,' says Richard Mishaan, an interior designer in Manhattan: 'Linens and china: they can elevate your life.'
Of the two, bedding is particularly important to him. 'You spend a third of your life in bed, so it matters,' he said. 'There's nothing more luxurious and wonderful than to save up and get yourself some really lavish and wonderful linens.'
Mr. Mishaan, 55, has owned some of his linens for nearly 20 years, he said, something he attributes to being willing to spend more for better quality. When you buy cheap bedding, 'it falls apart and then you have to replace it,' and that can cost more in the long run.
Bedding is also the simplest way to decorate when the seasons change,' he said, and 'can transform a room easily into something completely different.'
In search of linens for the warmer nights ahead, he began at Area, in Greenwich Village, where he examined the linen throws and pillow shams. 'I love this textural stuff and the subtleties of the weaves,' he said, fingering the solid Edith throw. 'It's not always about having a million different colors. This piece has a million uses.'
He also like the Howard travel set, with its cotton basket-weave blanket, pillow, and carrying bag. 'It would be great for a plane,' he said.
At E. Braun & Company, on Park Avenue, he picked out the Wonder cotton throw, a thick, chunky knit with a simple, timeless design. 'Heavy blankets can actually be great for a summer house,' he said. And 'this would be a good gift, because it's something people could have forever.'
For those who prefer patterns, he suggested the bright yellow Ikat bedding by Trina Turk at Macy's, which 'shows a sense of adventure and evokes foreign lands.'
And for minimalists, he recommended the Bern duvet cover, with its subtle decorative detail, which he found at the Calvin Klein store on the Upper East Side.
The pinstriped fabric with its dark center block 'reminds me of a Japanese kimono,' Mr. Mishaan said. 'It makes the room, and you really don't need much more.'"