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Interview | Ten Minutes With Maurizio Pellizzoni

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Maurizio Pellizzoni is founder and Director of Maurizio Pellizzoni Design (MPD), a multi-award winning interior design practice based a stone’s throw from Chelsea Harbour Design Centre on Lots Road, Chelsea, London. MPD deliver a luxury residential interior design service to private individuals and commercial clients, with a portfolio of work that includes prime and super-prime residences in London, England, Scotland and Europe.

You can hear more from Maurizio at our London Design Festival ‘Design Inspiration’ event, where he will be speaking alongside other top names in the design industry. Read more about the event and RSVP here.

Q: How would you describe your signature style?

Contemporary yet timeless and elegant.

Q: Who is/are your favourite designer(s)? 

Since studying Falling Water at University my design hero has been Frank Lloyd Wright, to me he is the most inspiring architect and designer. However, I also really admire the work of Tom Ford. Although in a different industry, I admire the designer’s commitment to the finishing touches and the careful consideration and coherence of styling across the brand. The Tom Ford lifestyle is unmistakable in every element of his designs from the creative campaign to the design of his boutique stores, not to mention the impeccable attention to detail in his fashion designs.

Q: What do you like most about your job?

Getting to the very heart of a client’s brief to design a home that reflects their lifestyle and needs, rather than just a house.

Q: What’s the hardest part?

Trying to accurately interpret a client’s vision, to ensure that it works for their lifestyle and lives up to their dream. Also, it can be a challenge to convince a client to go beyond their comfort zone and to embrace ideas they hadn’t previously thought of.

Q: What inspires you the most?

Travelling to new places and experiencing different cultures is always inspiring. However, living and working in such a cosmopolitan city as London where so many cultural influences come together is a constant inspiration.

Q: Where’s your favourite place to be?

Ever since I worked there at the beginning of my career I have loved visiting New York. I also love spending time in my family hometown near Lake Como as it is the place that ignited my love for design.

Q: If you had a time machine, what period of design would you like to live in?

Probably the 1960s, I have always loved the fashion and design aesthetic from that era – it was new and daring at the time.

Q: Complete this sentence – home is…

A place to live and to feel comfortable.

Q: Can you tell us about a bathroom design project that you’ve worked on?

I design both classic and contemporary bathrooms and enjoy working with both styles, but I particularly enjoyed designing the master bathroom in our latest project Surrey Hills Country Mansion as although the client had a very clear idea of what they wanted, they left the colours, finishes and final details up to me. It’s great when you get that sense of freedom as a designer.

Q: What is one key bathroom essential that you couldn’t live without? 

A large and luxurious shower.

Q: Where in the world have you stayed where a bathroom design has really stood out, and why?

The Dream Hotel Downtown in New York had an amazing bathroom. It was very spacious, beautifully designed and there is an incredible view of the Empire State Building from the bathroom.

Q:  If you could give one piece of advice when designing a bathroom, what would it be?

Make sure to fully understand the dimensions of the room and allow enough space for each piece to sit and work comfortably.

To find out more or get in touch, visit MPD’s website.