Designer Mish Tworkowski’s glorious boutique on Bond Street in the NoHo neighborhood of Manhattan opened six years ago, but don’t feel like you are out of the loop if this is the first time you are learning about it. It’s a well-kept secret. There is no jewelry shown in the windows. It’s a special destination, known by an exclusive list of clients that has grown steadily over time, mainly through word of mouth.
The boutique (seen at right with Mish standing at the purple lacquered door) is ensconced in nineteenth century building. The interior was designed by Mish’s partner, architect Joseph Singer, and decorated by the late Ina Lindemann. All of it is a perfect reflection of the Mish’s passion for gardens and his experience working as a specialist at Sotheby’s, his love of gems and enthusiasm for color.
There are luxurious little details throughout the space like rock crystal and tiger’s eye doorknobs crafted by a German gem carver. Whimsical pieces of the décor were picked up at auction including a mirror from esteemed decorator Albert Hadley’s estate sale and a nineteenth century tapestry stool from Robert Woolley’s collection.
Almost everything that isn’t vintage at Mish New York was custom made. Perhaps the most dazzling element is the walls in the foyer. A Japanese artist worked for eight months on the painting inspired by a piece of petrified wood Mish found at a gem show and gave to Joseph. “There are nine different shades of brown in the design,” explains Mish. “He meticulously worked on it and even created his own brushes to make the refined lines.”
In the back of house space, there is a studio where Mish designs the collections surrounded by his books, objects and a wall of pictures with his beloved flowers. A friendly black Labrador named Moby roams the halls and keeps the staff company including an artist who makes a special watercolor of each piece of jewelry.
It’s a joyful haven or as Mish describes the boutique space “a luxurious coccoon” where clients are known to stay for an average of two to three hours while they are carefully presented the collection or collaborate on a new creation.
Mish New York is located at 30 Bond Street in New York City, mishnewyork.com.