Born in Colombia, Richard Mishaan began his career by apprenticing in the offices of Philip Johnson after receiving a BA from New York University and attending Columbia University School of Architecture. Richard Mishaan combined knowledge of fashion, architecture, and interior design, plus his cultural roots, give him a deep understanding of luxury and quality” Pamela Fiori, Editor-in-Chief, Town & Country.
Richard Mishaan has authored two books, Modern Luxury and Artfully Modern both published by Monacelli Press, a division of Random House. Artfully Modern was released in November of 2014.
Let´s know him better with an interview made by A Hotel Life.
I was first asked to design the presidential suite for the St. Regis Hotel in NYC. It is the crown jewel for the brand and I was honored to have been asked to do so. After that, I designed mainly suites for other brands.
I have recently completed designing the Shelborne Hotel in South Beach. I am currently designing the Hotel Tcherassi in Cartagena Colombia as well as the Marriot AC on South Beach. I have been working on the branding, design and concept for a new hotel brand I am a founder of that is soon to be announced.
Well oddly enough, there has been a convergence in design intent between home owners and hotel developers. It started a few years back when hotels started to feel more residential. At that point, clients would ask me to design their bedroom just like a room at a certain hotel they had just stayed at…they asked that the bathroom have the mirror with the TV or that we put pop up power outlets in their bedside tables.
I love design and for that reason I am inspired by everything around me; visiting every art exhibit I possibly can, attending most international design shows. I find inspiration in movies, theatre and fashion. I travel a great deal and love to visit exotic places, which inform me on other people’s cultures and customs. It is important to see how people live as both a designer and an anthropologist.
The biggest change has been in lobby design. The traditional check-in desk no longer exists. Hotel services are more customized and personalized so as to make the experience more customer centric.
Glamour, comfort, quality and a double dose of sexiness.
I love working with Silvia Tcherrasi because she is a fashion designer and has a great design knowledge to draw from. She is also as passionate about design as I am. I loved working with Ross Klein when he was at Starwood because he is a marketing genius and the most creative human ever. I have really enjoyed most everyone I’ve worked with.
The next big thing is the club-style hotel experience. It means that you are going to find hotels by filling out an online survey that will direct you to an experience you are looking to fulfill with like-minded people who are looking for similar things.
My dream project has actually become a reality. I am working as the lead on a design concept for a hotel chain that will be a design vision from the bottom up. I have been, as I said, looking at how people live their lives and giving their lives a context to make their homes the ultimate experience. I am an avid traveler and know what I am looking for to make me happy as well as my wife and my kids. For that reason, I am looking at this multi-generationally.
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Source: A Hotel Life