ML Home Design
Name: Michela Lanteri
Company: ML Home Design
Position within company: Director
Tell us a little about your background in design:
After a career in Finance I decided to follow my passion and enrolled with Inchbald Interior Design School. As a child, I was constantly shifting furniture around our home and kept on changing the displays so everything looked at its best. My mother always says I came back to my original passion and found my real calling!
How would you describe your personal design style?
I love timeless interiors that are practical, with a simple colour palette and different textures. I love to create approachable luxury with timeless elegance.
Where does your design inspiration come from?
My inspiration comes from my Italian roots and my travels; being exposed to new places, cultures and architecture makes sure I take a fresh approach to design and my clients need are met.
In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a
I think after spending so much time at home people are more and more looking for interiors that are practical and cosy at the same time. You can already see that in fashion with more comfortable cloths, people will look much more at their habitat and try to improve it or decorate it more ‘user friendly’
Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in
2020 and beyond:
Style, Quality/ Sustainability, Comfort, Practicality, building and setting.
If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design
schemes, what would it be?
Do not follow the latest design trend.
How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards?
They are a very important achievement, it values your work.
What projects are you currently working on?
My biggest ones are to furnish a big family house in Chelsea London, and a place in the Hamptons however that has some delays due to travel issues
What was your favourite project to work on and why?
I am so far very lucky and all my projects even the smaller ones have given me great satisfaction, they are all unique in their own way. I recently finished a 2 year project a brand new build large family house in Chelsea which was a great experience all round as well as I redesigned a small storage into a completely newly build room for 2 young boys, the client thought I was mad when I first proposed it!
What was your most challenging project to work on and why?
Family house to accommodate a family of five. The children were growing and their needs were constantly changing and the project itself took a couple of years.
Which products/services could you not live without when designing?
I could not live without my team of suppliers and contractors, it is a true team effort, I don’t think I could produce my work without them.
What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
I am lucky my pipeline of projects is ‘steady’, I would love to get involved in a larger project abroad.
Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily
Your most treasured possession?
My office desk which is timeless and where most of my design scheme are made!
Your favourite holiday destination?
I love travelling around Asia
Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar?
– Reethi Rah in Maldives
– Petersham Nurseries
– Waeska at the Mandrake
Your favourite book, film & song?
I loved reading The Moscat Family, Loved watching La Vita e’ Bella and I can not stop playing, Perfect by Andrea Bocelli and Ed Sheeran.
Your favourite food and drink?
Sushi and Vodka Soda
Your favourite way to spend an afternoon?
On a beach with my husband and two daughters.
If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?
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