One to Watch: Mizzi Studio


is Mizzi Studio, founded in 2011 by Jonathan Mizzi to work on product design, architecture, commercial design and residential in the UK and Malta


By Emily Martin

Who

Jonathan Mizzi founded Mizzi Studio in 2011. ‘It is an award-winning multi-disciplinary practice working across all scales and sectors through architecture to industrial design, lighting, interactive design and commercial artworks,’ explains Mizzi, whose education includes visual effects and animation, and architecture.

Helical staircase, Mayfair: The staircase is a response for Greenway Architects to design a five-storey bespoke spiral staircase with a strong masculine character. Designed as a centre piece it draws inspiration from a ‘mesmerising whirlpool’.Helical staircase, Mayfair: The staircase is a response for Greenway Architects to design a five-storey bespoke spiral staircase with a strong masculine character. Designed as a centre piece it draws inspiration from a ‘mesmerising whirlpool’. Photo Credit: tonymurrayphotography.co.uk

‘We strive to make a difference through innovative, original and imaginative design, transforming ideas and fantasy into reality,’ he adds. Work includes a Tom Dixon commission to develop a sculpture for the Copper Spa at The Mondrian Hotel, London, and launching a studio in Malta which is already working on a several projects, including a new primary school.

Malta penthouse: Located between the beautiful views of Birkirkara Church and Mdina, this large, open-plan, 5th-floor penthouse is designed to feel connected. No walls feature in the space, with a neo-futurism-inspired design providing ‘a warm NASA space bunker feeling’.Malta penthouse: Located between the beautiful views of Birkirkara Church and Mdina, this large, open-plan, 5th-floor penthouse is designed to feel connected. No walls feature in the space, with a neo-futurism-inspired design providing ‘a warm NASA space bunker feeling’. Photo Credit: Studio Konnect

Why

Mizzi set up his studio after being approached by Italian coffee brand Colicci to be its architect for the submission of a tender for the Royal Parks. ‘I was still only 28, which is young for an architect to go it alone,’ he says.

Colicci, Westfield: Appointed by coffee brand Colicci to design a cutting-edge kiosk at the entrance to the shopping centre, it had to act as a welcoming attraction while drawing visitors into the cafe. The design features a flowing sculptural roof clad in metal sheeting.Colicci, Westfield: Appointed by coffee brand Colicci to design a cutting-edge kiosk at the entrance to the shopping centre, it had to act as a welcoming attraction while drawing visitors into the cafe. The design features a flowing sculptural roof clad in metal sheeting.

At the time he had a full-time job. ‘But it was too good an opportunity to pass so I quit my job and went for it! We won the tender and it all spiralled from there,’ he recalls. The studio takes on a range of projects in product design, architecture, commercial design and residential.

‘Our clients’ dreams are listened to, encouraged, explored and brought to life using the best technologies and techniques to realise spectacular feats of design and construction’, says Mizzi.

Where
www.mizzi.co





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