An Interview with Renowned Architect – Designer Maurizio Pellizzoni

He believes in personal relationships with his clients are central to his work ethos. Creativity is an inborn quality that Maurizio Pellizzoni has mastered to design successfully award-winning projects. Humility is his middle name.

At Ralph Lauren Home, as part of the creative team, he was responsible for more than a decade, and directed the presentation of collections in London, Milan and Brussels. Maurizio’s meticulous eye towards detailing creates luxe interiors for his esteemed clients with great appreciation.

Maurizio Pellizzoni has created interiors for listed, period properties, new buildings, spacious country mansions and bijou townhouses in the UK and other countries. Maurizio’s aesthetic is inspired by the glamour of Lake Como, cosmopolitan New York, and daily life in London, where he lives.

Maurizio interprets his clients’ tastes and styles to ensure a unique and characterful end-result, instead of imposing his own. He is a member of the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID). He has been bestowed with prestigious awards from SBID, the ID & A Awards, the International Design Awards and the International Property Awards.

Johnny D of Design Trends takes the opportunity to interview the renowned Italian, London-based architect – designer Maurizio Pellizzoni. What goes in an architect – designer’s mind, while designing his own house – Johnny D unravels to present Maurizio Pellizzoni’s London home.

Johnny D: As an architect – designer, how easy or difficult is it to design your own residence unlike a client’s residence?

Maurizio Pellizzoni: Like, with my clients’ properties to design a home for yourself comes with a process. This is not always easy, because, we all have many ideas of how we want a space / room to look like. It is during the designing process that these ideas evolve to become more suitable for the space and lifestyle.

Even for my own apartment, I was discussing the design ideas with my partner. So, in some ways, it was like having a client.

The Living Area

The Living Area

Another View of the Living Area

Another View of the Living Area

JD: Please describe the design elements of the interiors you have incorporated.

MP : I can definitely say that my apartment, like most of my projects, is timeless and elegant! Each room has been designed based on my lifestyles and how I wanted to enjoy the space. It also incorporates artwork and decorative objects and accessories, which I have collected during my trips around the world.

Madonna’s Huge Poster

Madonna’s Huge Poster

Immaculate Placement of Artefacts

Immaculate Placement of Artefacts

Kitchen and the Dining Area

Kitchen and the Dining Area

The Open Kitchen

The Open Kitchen

Elegance in Simplicity

Elegance in Simplicity

JD: How would you describe the major highlights of the interiors?

MP : The perfect interior, which is what I am trying to achieve for all my clients, is a space you can enjoy and call home. At the same time, something you can be proud of.

JD: What is the total area of your residence?

MP : My apartment is very small. When I originally bought it, before the loft conversion, it was 55m2. After the full renovation and loft conversion the total area is now 75 m2.

JD: What kind of budget did you spend on the interiors?

MP : I did not really had a budget in mind. The whole refurbishment, including the loft conversion, took sometime (over 10 years), as I was undertaking the project room-by-room. The total cost was between £30K and £50K.

JD: Which is your favourite spot in home? The reasons in brief.

MP : My favorite spot is definitely the Charles Eames lounge chair, which is upholstered in a Missoni fabric. The chair is very comfortable and allows me to watch TV or look out of the window, for some relaxation after a long day in the office.

JD: Which is your favourite colour and why?

MP : I love colors and this is very clear throughout my projects. However, my favorite colour is navy blue. I love the richness and luxurious feel of the colour, especially when mixed with dark wood and gold metal.

Maurizio’s Bedroom

Maurizio’s Bedroom

In Total Comforts

In Total Comforts

The Luxe Bathroom

The Luxe Bathroom

JD: What is the most important factor, while designing interiors of a residence?

MP : The most important thing is, to understand the space and how it will be used. It is also about the inflow of natural lighting, as this is probably one of the most important factors, during the day, which will determinate the position of the furniture.

Luxurious Comforts

Luxurious Comforts

Guest’s Bedroom

Guest’s Bedroom

The Opulent Living Area

The Opulent Living Area

JD: What kind of reaction do you get from a first-time-guest, of the interiors of your home?

MP : Everyone, who visits my apartment for the first time are very impressed and loves what I have done with such a small space. The most significant reactions I have got from friends is, ‘it looks homely! I can enjoy it! It is not like a show flat’!

JD: How would you describe your personality as an architect – designer?

MP : I love design and for me it has always been a passion. My personality in my dream job is very relaxed with all the projects, big or small. I always give 100% of myself. I enjoy understanding my clients to design something unique for each one of them.

JD: How many awards have you won for interiors’ project apart from architectural projects?

MP : I have won many awards, just last week I received a new award as the “Most Innovative Architecture & Design Boutique” in the UK. This always makes me feel proud and happy, as it is confirmation that I am doing something beautiful. For interiors, I have won two awards – one for my Chelsea townhouse project and one for my studio as a commercial space.

Image Courtesy: The Architect

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