Surrey Hills Country Mansion

Lead DesignerMaurizio Pellizzoni
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Prize(s)Honorable Mention
Entry Description

Dating from 1901, this large Edwardian property is rooted in the Arts and Crafts movement. Working closely with the architect to ensure space was used to maximum effect, MPD extended the original building to add a new double-height formal room, Orangery, three extra bathrooms and walk-in wardrobe for the master bedroom. The client was keen to incorporate existing pieces of furniture from various family trips abroad into the new design. These pieces were distributed amongst the rooms in the house, and used as the inspiration behind each room’s individual colour scheme and feel, creating an eclectic yet personal overall design aesthetic. MPD completely redesigned the kitchen alongside a local expert kitchen maker, sourcing the perfect finishing touches like the custom made Carrara worktop for the kitchen. Particular attention was paid to such final details throughout the property in order to achieve a high-level of elegance and sophistication in the design, such as the beautifully crafted door handles by Charles Edwards. Ralph Lauren, de Le Cuona and Andrew Martin furniture and fabrics were also used throughout to create an air of luxurious refinement, while complementing the client’s existing pieces.

The brief was to recreate The Hamptons in the Surrey Hills, and Maurizio set about creating an upscale ‘American look’ that incorporated the owners’ many personal antiques and objects 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 themes each bedroom around an existing antique piece, and extended the effortless comfort of the living rooms to two outdoors terraces.


Interior architect Maurizio Pellizzoni has design in his DNA. It’s no surprise, as he grew up near Lake Como and comes from a family who work in the business. Since founding his consultancy MPD London seven years ago, he has applied his Italian appreciation of style and design to a range of residential and commercial projects.

Based in the Chelsea Design Quarter, MPD London has many of Europe’s best suppliers and services on its doorstep and over the years Maurizio has fostered relationships with the most highly skilled builders, architects and specialists in the field.

Personal relationships with clients are central to MPD’s work ethos. Maurizio believes that close, direct contact creates a better project. He will interpret his clients’ tastes and styles – rather than imposing his own – to ensure a unique and characterful end-result. And he’s equally comfortable working on a project from scratch, with an open brief and a blank canvas.

MPD London has created interiors for listed, period properties, new buildings, spacious country mansions and bijou townhouses in the UK and abroad. Maurizio’s aesthetic is inspired by the glamour of Lake Como, cosmopolitan New York, and daily life in London where he lives.

He spent more than a decade as part of the creative team at Ralph Lauren Home where he directed the presentation of collections in London, Milan and Brussels. Aesthetic rigour and discipline reigned and Maurizio developed a meticulous eye for detail and a complete understanding of how to create a luxe interior.

Maurizio completed a BA in Interior Architecture at London Metropolitan University and is a member of the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) and the Society of British Interior Design (SBID). MPD London is an awarded interior design firm delivering prime services and high-end luxury products