Inside the New York apartment of Misha Nonoo, Meghan and Harry's rumoured matchmaker

Misha and her dog Thatcher
Misha and her dog Thatcher Credit: Alice Gao

If you’ve watched The Fashion Fund on Netflix then chances are you’ve already seen this stylish apartment in Greenwich Village, New York. It is the home of fashion designer Misha Nonoo, and her clarity of vision pervades every corner of the space. Misha, who moved to New York from London in 2009 to pursue her fashion career, has gained a name for her simple and tightly curated aesthetic – as well as creds for the rumoured transatlantic matchmaking of her good friend Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry. 

In the library, Misha painted the bookcases white to lighten up the space. The antique mirror panel surrounding the fireplace connects the library and living area with its reflections Credit: Alice Gao

Misha bought this light and airy property with her former husband, Alexander Gilkes, in 2013, but following the end of her marriage in 2016, she resolved to start afresh. ‘It felt like one of the upsides of getting divorced,’ Misha reflects. ‘There aren’t many.’ Creating a home that she would feel happy about living in on her own, Misha updated the interior to reflect her minimal taste, hiring decorator and friend Andre Mellone to make the scheme relevant for her new life. Here, she talks about empowering design, mixing old and new, and how she has imported a bit of England to NYC.

In the living room, a collection of John Born pottery is displayed on the mantel below the mirrored artwork by Oscar Tuazon. The pair of 1950s Italian armchairs are covered in dusky-rose mohair velvet Credit: Alice Gao

What did you first love about the apartment?

Honestly, it was the closet. I walked into the wardrobe and thought, ‘This is it!’ I was also drawn to how unique it is – it’s the top two floors of a brownstone with oak floors and a layout with a somehow British feel. New York apartment buildings tend to be very new – white boxes that tower high into the sky. In contrast, this feels quaint. 

How did you want the redesign to feel?

The brick fireplace in the dining room is painted white, the curtains coordinate with the gold Gio Ponti lamps and mirrors and a Molo cloud pendant floats above the dining table  Credit: Alice Gao

After the split, I wanted to remodel the place to feel minimal, soft and delicate, which is very much my aesthetic, whereas my ex is more maximalist. I wanted to feel happy, secure and safe in this environment.

What changes did you make?

The antique mirror panel surrounding the fireplace is a new addition. It really opens up the whole room. This was the dining room before, which I turned into a library. All of the changes were about rethinking how the space was going to be used, based on my life going forward.

The enviable walk-in closet is one of Misha’s favourite features of the houses Credit: Alice Gao

What influenced the design?

The starting point was the interior designer Axel Vervoordt, who is known for his play between traditional, antique and hyper modern. I love his work, but Andre pointed out that it is quite brutalist and masculine, which is not what I wanted, so we figured out how to translate it a softer way.

Do you have a favourite piece of furniture?

The dusky-pink chairs in the living room; these were previously in brown leather. I wasn’t sure if I wanted pink in the apartment but Andre pushed me there. I also love my bedroom desk, which I bought from an antique shop in Brooklyn. I use it every day.

Misha journals every evening at her French 1930s desk, which she picked up in a Brooklyn antiques shopMisha journals every evening at her French 1930s desk, which she picked up in a Brooklyn antiques shop Credit: Alice Gao

What gives your home its British feel? 

In the dining room, the curtains are in heavy, gold brocade. That feels quite British. It’s also very cosy. What  I love about British design is how comfortable it is; you get a sense of eclectic opulence that doesn’t feel new or embellished. There’s something beautiful about heirloom pieces, which have been passed down, with stories that speak of heritage and legacy. 

What in the UK do you miss?

I miss my friends, the humour, how down-to-earth and unpretentious people are. It’s a calmer life. 

The white linen sofa is flanked by Pierre Lottier mid-century leather strap chairs and an Aldo Turro lacquered goatskin coffee table Credit: Alice Gao

How does your home reflect your personality and style?

All of this coincided with a time that I was thinking about my life and who I was. It’s easy to meld into someone else’s character without realising it. Like my fashion, the decor here is very clean; it’s ‘less is more’. To my mind, it is better to have one beautiful piece, whether it is clothing or furniture, rather than a lot of pieces that don’t add up to anything special.

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