Designer Friday: An ASPIRE Exclusive Interview With Veronica Mishaan

Stemming from a passion for art and beautiful things, Veronica Mishaan’s path to interior design was lined with blossoming and varying opportunities. Mishaan has designed spaces from hotels to residential homes, and created one-of-a-kind furnishings that can be found in bars and other bespoke interiors. She currently has offices in New York and Colombia allowing her to make an imprint on the places in between. She has been featured on, and now is this week’s Designer Friday on ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME. Introducing interior architecture and designer, Veronica Mishaan.

The anchor of this outdoor space is the custom-made cement table designed by Veronica. It was inspired by the simplicity of singular geometric shapes, and is juxtaposed by the robust pattern featured throughout the space.

Andrew Joseph: What is the last book you read?
Veronica Mishaan: “The Four Agreements” by don Miguel Ruiz. It’s a simple and powerful book about life lessons on how to live a fulfilled and balanced life. I am a strong believer in living a fulfilled life, no matter what you do. However, it’s common to get stuck in your head and your own thoughts, forgetting about the big picture. This book talks about four rules that should be applied in every aspect of life to be able to focus on the big picture.

Andrew: If you weren’t a designer, you’d be a ….?
Veronica: I would dedicate my time to philanthropy in the arts, and I hope that through my work as a designer and the growth of my business, I will eventually be able to achieve my goal. I have a vision to create my own art foundation in my home country, Colombia, where older generations get together with the younger generations to teach their crafts. Throughout my career designing and producing furniture and accessories, I have come to highly appreciate traditional craft. I’m concerned that it will get lost with time and also as everyone gears more toward technology. It’s not to say that technology doesn’t help to make certain crafts more efficient, but I believe in tradition and passing on knowledge from older generations. For example, in a small town in Colombia called Baru, I grew up around a lot of woodworking craftspeople who taught me so much, but I’ve seen how as time goes by in this small town, the new generation has lost the passion and interest in learning a craft.

Veronica had the opportunity to design Hotel Capellan in Getsemani, Columbia. Pictured above is the hotel’s restaurant, “Clero,” which contains a splash of 1920’s art deco stye mixed with modernism. She included many details such as marble tabletops, gold accents, and carefully placed Italian Contardi lamps.

Andrew: How would you describe your personal style?
Veronica: I believe in balance – in my own wardrobe and in the design of my own home. A relaxed aesthetic with some traditional pieces mixed with contemporary, some colorful details, and a mix of materials. This applies to my personal wardrobe and to all of the spaces I design.

Andrew: Style (or design) icon?
Veronica: There are many design icons I admire. Jean Royere is one of my favorites and has been very influential in my furniture designs. I like the playful movement in his designs and his proportions, but I also like the fact that he was a self-taught furniture designer, something I really admire.

Designing and creating custom furniture pieces for projects as well as signature pieces for our firm has been a wonderful enhancement to the overall creative process for me. And I also enjoy working hands-on to create signature pottery pieces which, like our furniture pieces, will soon be available on my firm’s site.

In each of the rooms found throughout Hotel Capellan, there are small details that make each room unique. Other than a few consistencies in wall color and furnishings, Veronica elevated each room by its size and characteristics. Photo by Tawfick Espriella.

Andrew: What are three things you can’t live without?
Veronica: There are few things I can’t live without — I can’t live without outdoor space, whether a nearby park, a balcony or a terrace where I can appreciate nice weather and vegetation. And flowers are always a must in my home and in all of the spaces that I create. Lastly, I can’t live without at least one piece of art – oil on canvas is my favorite as it’s a medium with a lot of depth and texture. And when time allows, which is less and less these days, I take some time to enjoy working on an oil painting of my own.

About The Designer | Veronica’s unique approach to design began through her passion for art while at an early age developing her abilities painting. She perceives design as “a canvas that layers details, textures, colors and geometry to create depth and harmony”.

With a quantitative economics degree at Tufts University, Veronica joined forces with her mother Susana Mishaan de Millán to create M De M Designs. With the goal of creating bespoke interiors they opened two retail stores, one in Bogota and another in Cartagena offering their signature furniture, accessories and interior alongside their design services. After six years of working side by side, Susana left the firm and Veronica rebranded the company to propel her unique style and approach to design.

At the firm’s core are bespoke interiors, furniture, and accessories catering to both corporate and residential clients. With a full-spectrum team of in-house architects, industrial designers, graphic designers, and project managers in New York City and Bogota, the firm emphasizes a focus on artistry and artisan craftsmanship as well as a belief in quality, transparency and customer satisfaction.

Andrew Joseph is a regular contributing editor for ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME magazine. See more of his work here.

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