807 sq ft – 75 m2
Young Professionals, 2 Bed Flat
It was Maurizio’s design of his own apartment in South East London 15 years ago that got him a place at university. He told his tutors how he had designed and built much of his one bedroom apartment, how he had converted the loft into a master bedroom and dressing room, designed and built a black spiral staircase and created a bathroom which artfully combines wood panelling with tiles. It took him six years to complete, and is a capsule collection of all the things he loves - dark woods, leather, stone, wallpaper and a brown, grey and blue colour palette. He also designed much of the cabinetry and furniture himself.
"I like to combine classic style with luxurious detailing, but always with an emphasis on comfort. I love to keep traditional design fresh with a modern twist.
Ralph Lauren taught me to pay attention to detail; it transforms a space. Books are fundamental to a room, for instance."
"It's a warm look, with masculine colours, lots of textures, like the crocodile wallpaper, the wood, the steel of the staircase. We're two guys living here, we don't want to live in a soulless white box"
"The flat needed a touch of Italian luxury, but here was a man who now knew how to enhance cheap basics with glamorous accessories. Thus the tex- tured brown wallpaper in the living room is by Ralph Lauren and a chair is covered in Missoni fabric."
"My whole life story is engraved in my home. The space has seen my struggles and triumphs. It has been my evolving taste and been my canvas for expressing my creativity", Maurizio explains of his compact but full of character abode, and his taste for timeless classics like vintage Italian movies or iconic design pieces."