The first place that Lawrence Bender saw was the Bronx in New York City. Being born in such a rich cultural environment must have given him an extra dose of creativity, judging from his future endeavors. As he grew up in New Jersey, his parents, both of them educators, instilled in him a good work ethic and the desire to reach for excellence.
Lawrence’s grandfather was a civil engineer and he knew that he could have a lucrative career following in his granddad’s footsteps. He made the decision to do just that in high school and went on to graduate from the University of Maine with a degree in civil engineering in 1979. The direction of his life soon took a turn toward the entertainment industry, first as a ballet dancer then, after an injury, as an actor.
As time went by, Lawrence Bender became interested in being a producer of television fare as well as feature films. Several of the movies that he produced have been nominated for Academy Awards. Good Will Hunting, Inglourious Basterds, and Pulp Fiction are included in that group. An Inconvenient Truth, a documentary featuring former vice president Al Gore raising awareness about climate change, won the Academy Award for the Best Documentary Feature. My favorite movie produced by Lawrence Bender is Good Will Hunting. I am amazed by the way the therapist, played by Robin Williams, is able to help Matt Damon’s character, the young genius, work through his issues while dealing with the immeasurable pain of his own.
Lawrence Bender is active in political and social matters, fighting for causes that he believes in. One of the ways he helps is by fundraising. Because of his dedication, he has received the Torch of Liberty Award from the ACLU. He is on the board of The Creative Coalition as well as the Advisory Board for the ACLU Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.
Versatility is a quality rarely found among interior designers. Most focus on a single craft or artistic expression. That, however, cannot be said of world acclaimed interior designer Richard Mishaan. The founder and owner of Richard Mishaan Design has managed to consistently deliver unique and quality design by combining his personal touch and influences with interior design, architecture and landscape architecture.
Mr. Mishaan’s competence in interior design is the result of a rich career background. He studied at two extremely reputable institutions, New York University and the School of Architecture at Columbia University. Before going on to form Richard Mishaan Design, he worked under Philip Johnson, one of the fathers of modern architecture.
Since its formation, Richard Mishaan Design has created a name for itself by being meticulously luxurious. Going through the company’s vast portfolio, you get the feeling that none of the designs have a hint of mediocrity. Yet, they all look different. All of the portfolios immediately jump at you. They increasingly engage your emotions the closer you look. Mr. Mishaan’s work is more than design, it is art.
A favorite Richard Mishaan Design portfolio of mine is that at Trump Park Avenue. The room just oozes high-end. The design’s beauty stems from the fact that there are so many dissimilar things in the room that still seem to effortlessly coexist. While the room undoubtedly has a blue color scheme, none of the red book, the silver vase, cream-colored couch and brown desser seem any bit out of place.
Beyond his endeavors at Richard Mishaan Design, Mr. Mishaan is also an accomplished author. He has written two books with the aim of passing along his extensive design knowledge, “Artfully Modern” and “Modern Luxury”. Both books have been published by Monacelli Press and have gone on to sell quite well.