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