Nick Haramis is a New York based journalist and magazine editor. He is currently the editor-in-chief for Interview magazine.
Misha Kahn is a New York based designer and sculptor, known for assemblage. He incorporates refuse and found objects in his furniture and lighting designs.
TIME AFTER TIME
N: I’ve gotten weird and woo-woo in quarantine. I meditate as soon as I wake up, and then I do this brain-training app called Elevate. And then I drink a lot of coffee.
M: I wake up and gaze idly at my phone for a bit and then scream for Nick to bring me first sips. I have very useless hands in the morning (morning hands) and so Nick will kindly pour some coffee into my mouth while I’m still in bed.
Drink of choice
N: White wine or water.
M: When I’m far away from anyone I think ill ever see again I order some kind of blended chocolate banana espresso cookie horror, and then am shocked that we routinely pay MORE for a simple glass of wine
N: …White wine or water.
M: I like to get my shows in right before sleep!
N: I’ve become obsessed with during the pandemic. It’s a plot twist no one could have seen coming.
M: In the summer it's going to the outdoor pool in the morning for lap swim before work. In the winter it's xc skiing.
N: Misha’s old Guess jeans, a revolving door of hoodies, and my bunny slippers.
M: A big sweater and corduroys
FOR THE TIME BEING
Book you’re reading
N: The Recent East by Thomas Grattan.
M: The stone sky by NK Jemesin
Song or album on repeat
N: Evermore by Taylor Swift, but also that new Mariah Carey song with Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson about everyone being hot for Santa.
M: Tim McGraw by Maggie Rogers
N: Ugh, Instagram.
M: I guess Instagram unfortunately.
N: I was just on How Long Gone, hosted by Chris Black and Jason Stewart, and they were very nice to me, so I’ll say that one.
M: The C word
TV show you’re watching
N: We’ve been hooked on this show called The Wilds, about nine teenage girls who get stranded on a deserted island. It’s a mix of Lost and Lord of the Flies and Mean Girls, but bad.
M: All of them.
Last movie you saw
M: Soul, which was a sort of heartfelt Pixar film, it ends with the curious and idisyncratic animated suicide and the message to focus less on your passions.
Artist who inspires you at the moment
N: I love the painter Salman Toor.
M: I just keep looking at Bruno Gironcolli sculptures and wishing I could climb aboard. He’s dead, did you mean someone living?
Best recent discovery
N: Any discovery at all? Last night, we discovered a recipe for a spicy white bean stew with broccoli rabe that turned out to be quite delicious.
M: a nice jarred lime sambal.
N: Exercise has been good for my mental health. I also swear by the power of chaga and a nice candle.
M: jungle baths (close the drain and shower sitting down for 30 minutes while snacking).
Can’t-live-without-it beauty product
N: Everything by Barbara Sturm.
M: Evenhealy geranium face tonic
Place where you go to relax
N: A friend of ours has been kind enough to let us use their farmhouse upstate during the pandemic. There’s a real-size kitchen and rolling hills and a cat. It’s not ours, but it’s heaven.
M: Anything with hot water
Off-duty activity or hobby
N: I unironically love an escape room. I can’t wait for the day when I’ll once again be able to lock myself in a tiny space decorated to look like a saloon or a jungle, and frantically touch everything with my friends.
M: running, xc skiing, hiking.
Favorite charity that’s worth your time
N: Fair Fight. and G.L.I.T.S. are worth everyone’s time.
M: a local wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.
Guilty pleasure to (wonderfully) waste your time
N: Crosswords and Spelling Bee, both on The New York Times. I’ve also been dabbling in ceramics.
OF ALL TIME
Smartest advice ever received
N: An old boss of mine would always say, “Write what you mean. Be literal. Stop trying to be clever.” It really helped me shake off some of my bad mag-speak habits.
M: Always start with the biggest brush and just Get some color down on the paper - my grandma on water coloring.
Most inspiring trip
N: I’ve been so lucky to have traveled a bunch. Three of my favorite places in the world are the South Island of New Zealand, all of Tokyo, and Kandalama in Sri Lanka.
M: My first time to Swaziland.
Best gift you ever got
N: A signed copy of my favorite book Generation X, by Douglas Coupland.
M: Go-Cart, age 10.
Most memorable meal
N: Any cacio e pepe I’ve ever had.
M: A grilled pregnant river snake in Cambodia.
Three objects you think will stand the test of time
N: A nice mug, a strong hairdryer, and a cozy sweater.
M: Lalanne Rhino Desk, Tesla Cyber Truck and one of my pieces I hope.
What’s your next project?
N: We begin closing our March issue, the first of 2021, as soon as we get back from the holiday. I can’t wait for people to see the insane stuff we’ve been working on.
M: Hopefully some in person shows in the new year and the launch of an editioned couch a long time in the making.
What are you looking forward to in 2021?
N: Mostly that it’s not 2020.
M: Watching my robot carve all the insane things I drew in VR for six months of quarantine.
TIME WILL TELL
Ten years from now, you will
N: Be ten years older, probably no wiser.
M: have built a magical compound in the jungle where my comfort group of finger monkeys can finally be happy.
Invention or innovation you most want to see in the future
N: I just don’t understand why it’s taken so long to have flying cars.
M: Whatever the aliens have.