Artist Misha Kahn states that he needs to be overwhelmed by how colorful everything is in a design project.
That made the process of moving in with his boyfriend tricky. His boyfriend – Haramis -promised Kahn he could do whatever he wanted with the space, as long as the apartment itself was “nice and normal.” So, Haramis says, “we now live in a Pee-wee’s Playhouse.”
The living room features Campana brothers – designed furry couch and fish-scale-adorned chest, and the centerpiece of the dining room is a soft-rubber table in the shape of Denmark, designed by Gaetano Pesce. “Eating anything other than soup on it is an adventure,” Kahn says. The floor-through, on the top of a walk-up in Greenpoint, is a rental, and while that usually limits how ambitious tenants get with decorating, Kahn and Haramis didn’t let that stand in the way of their vision. For instance, in the kitchen, all surfaces save for the oven are covered in what looks like a deconstructed Chagall painting, with one wall plastered in bright-yellow Voutsa wallpaper. Kahn says, “It’s the visual equivalent of an alarm that wakes you up to the voices of screaming children.”
For the bedroom, Kahn designed a pair of sconces for a production of La Calisto at Juilliard. Haramis helped: “I was watching The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills when I worked on the one on the right, which is covered in copper leaf, because I am color-blind and bad at sconce-making,” he says. “We put stuffed animals in them as a joke, but now that’s their home.” The Moroccan boucherouite is from Heirloom in Williamsburg, and was bought to cover the otherwise standard gray headboard. “Because if your eyes aren’t bleeding, we must be doing something wrong,” Haramis says. The fan and stools are by Kahn. He also used an Ikea rug and fiberglass yard décor,” Kahn says. The toothy Japanese print on the far bedroom wall is by Tadanori Yokoo.