Maurizio Pellizzoni, Founder and Creative Director of Maurizio Pellizzoni Interior Architecture & Design, is the man behind some of London’s most luxurious properties. Here, he takes The Resident on a tour of his Lewisham apartment, where it all began…
I originally came to London nearly 20 years ago to learn English and find a path for my life. I always knew I had a passion for design, but didn’t know I was going to be where I am today. After the first few years trying out different things, I decided to go back to university to study Interior Architecture.
At the end of 2017, I will celebrate my ten-year anniversary for my design practice, which started because I wanted to follow my passion for design and fulfil a desire to make everything more beautiful.
When I was looking for a property to buy 15 years ago, Lewisham was one of the few places I could afford, despite the advice of some of my friends to not set up home in the area. I spent time looking around and exploring what was around me. I visited 18 different apartments before finding the one that that became my home.
As part of my philosophy as a person and also as a designer with all of my projects, I always try to imagine the potential of a space and create a vision when visiting it for the first time. Before even making an offer, I did the same for this apartment and knew I was going to build into the loft and create an open plan living space. I have to say this has been one of my best investments as the area has evolved into what it is today.
This apartment has been one of my best investments as the area has evolved into what it is today
The whole apartment has my stamp on it and represents my style very well. It’s an eclectic mixture of furniture and accessories that creates something modern, timeless and elegant. After working at Ralph Lauren for many years before and after my university course, I was part of the creative team and directed the presentation of collections in London, Milan and Brussels.
I learnt to create a homely environment using layers to incorporate the life of the people living in it. The same ethos applies to the design of my apartment that I share with my partner Chris and our dog Arthur. Every time we travel somewhere, we always buy something to connect us to that place, which becomes part of our lives here in London.
My favourite room is the open plan living area and, more specifically, the seating area by the window. The Charles Eames Lounge Chair is upholstered in Missoni fabric and is very comfortable, but also the best place to enjoy my morning coffee and sunrise.
For most of the apartment I used ceiling spotlights. I personally don’t like ceilings full of spotlighting so I layered the lighting and added extra design pieces such as the Taccia Table Lamp, an iconic lamp in the history of Italian modern lighting design, and there’s also a Ralph Lauren floor lamp next to the Charles Eames Lounge Chair that creates a great contrast.
Accessories like flowers and artwork are very important. Those final pieces are usually the items make the interior come alive and most of the time they add an extra feeling of luxury. My favourite piece is most probably the In Bed With Madonna artwork – it’s an original poster signed by Madonna, which was given to me by my partner for my 40th birthday.
In total there are two floors. The main floor features the open plan living space, a guest bedroom and a bathroom. The loft is the master bedroom with plenty of storage space, which in London is always a plus! The whole apartment is an eclectic mixture of furniture and accessories that creates a modern living space for us.
Accessories like flowers and artwork are very important. Those final pieces make the interior come alive and most of the time they add an extra feeling of luxury
Now more than ever Lewisham is up and coming and people know this borough for the same many good reasons that I liked it for originally. I live just a few minutes away from the shopping centre.
There is so much happening around it and every day you see it changing. New cafés and restaurants are opening up here, but also some old places like the Model Market are coming back, which explores the history of this borough. It is extremely exciting to be part of this evolution and see Lewisham evolving and upcoming, putting its stamp on the map as a go to destination.