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Going wild in the country

by Suzanne Miao on Apr 15, 2015 in Interiors
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The Orangery has large glass doors leading to the garden, while inside, nautical colours of navy and white create a relaxed ambience alongside wickerwork chests and personal ephemera adorning the shelves (Photo by Jake Fitzjones Photography / Courtesy of MPD London)

The Orangery has large glass doors leading to the garden, while inside, nautical colours of navy and white create a relaxed ambience alongside wickerwork chests and personal ephemera adorning the shelves (Photo by Jake Fitzjones Photography / Courtesy of MPD London)

In the historic market town of Godalming in Surrey, Maurizio Pellizzoni displays a dazzling breadth and flair across the vast interiors of a 10,000 sq-m mansion — and demonstrates why mutual respect between designer and client is key

More than a century after it was first built back in 1901, a large Edwardian property in Godalming, Surrey, has been reborn. Working closely with the architect to ensure space was used to maximum effect, design studio MPD London extended the original building to add a new double-height formal room, Orangery, three extra bathrooms and walk-in wardrobe for the master bedroom. With the building rooted in the Arts and Crafts movement, the brief was to recreate The Hamptons in the Surrey Hills.

Thus tasked, Maurizio Pellizzoni, founder and creative director of MPD London, set about creating an upscale 'American look' which incorporated the owners' many personal antiques and objets d'art. All the artworks were reframed for consistency and around 20 per cent of the furniture, including the kitchen, the balustrade in the hallway and all the sofas, was custom-made by MPD.

Maurizio Pellizzoni

Maurizio Pellizzoni (Photo by Jake Fitzjones Photography / Courtesy of MPD London)

The clients were keen to also incorporate existing pieces of furniture from various family trips abroad into the new design. These pieces were distributed among the rooms in the house, and used as the inspiration for each room's individual colour scheme and feel, creating an eclectic yet personal overall design aesthetic. "As for any other of our projects, it is always my goal to listen to and understand the client's request, but also to incorporate as much as possible of the furniture/accessories they may own from a previous home, which is part of their life," explains Pellizzoni, who was also an interior design judge at Perspective's A&D Trophy Awards 2014.

Cataloguing, measuring and recording the clients' collections took nearly a month; as Pellizzoni notes, it was not an easy task given the size of the property. Every item was classified according to origin and style, which made for a more coherent process when it came to creating each room using the existing pieces.

Pellizzoni says each space was given an individual flavour, while making sure there was continuity between each room through the use of texture, colour and paying careful attention to all the details

Pellizzoni says each space was given an individual flavour, while making sure there was continuity between each room through the use of texture, colour and paying careful attention to all the details (Photo by Jake Fitzjones Photography / Courtesy of MPD London)

A double-height hallway creates a grand entrance, complete with an elegant, contemporary birdcage chandelier creating a statement piece

A double-height hallway creates a grand entrance, complete with an elegant, contemporary birdcage chandelier creating a statement piece (Photo by Jake Fitzjones Photography / Courtesy of MPD London)

This is a preview of the “Going wild in the country" article from the April 2015 issue of Perspective magazine.

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