For this month we chose to shoot our cover star Kelly Rutherford in the stunning Tribeca showroom of Richard Mishaan.
Thanks for taking the time to chat with us and congratulations on 25 years in the business! How did you get started?
Richard Mishaan: I actually worked in the fashion industry for 10 years, so I learned a lot from that and really felt that it teed me up for my future career in design! Fashion and home design are interesting because on one level they're not very different, but on the other they couldn't be further apart; I've learned a lot from both.
Are there any special highlights that jump out from your time in design?
Richard Mishaan: I have to say, I really loved opening and spending time at my shop Homer in Manhattan-- very special times there.
Do you notice any trends now that are really polar opposite from when you started? Anything totally new?
Richard Mishaan: Yes, definitely. One of the more popular trends I am seeing as a designer now is the incorporation of technology. Everything now includes speakers, customizable lighting, remote this and that, and it's really a phenomenon that's here to stay. Now, my job is to work with these elements in a seamless way so that they flow perfectly with the spaces I work to create.
Do you incorporate any of these technologies into your beautiful work space and studio in Tribeca?
Richard Mishaan: Funny you should ask. In here, since it really is a showroom for my passions and my aesthetic, we have adjustable lighting, surround sound and even remote controlled blinds on the windows.
Do you have any favorite pieces in your studio?
Richard Mishaan: I love so many things in my office that it would be impossible just to pick one or two. It's a constantly rotating selection of my inspirations so I really have to take a step back to see it all and to realize that each one marks an important process in my 25 years as a designer.
Is there anything in the pipeline coming up that you're looking forward to?
Richard Mishaan: Well, yes. I'm working on an exciting hotel project with a very inspirational friend in LA. It's been a pleasure to speak with you and having Kelly Rutherford here to shoot was an honor. Thank you.