At a glittering ceremony held last night at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, London-based Mizzi Studio won FX International’s hugely prestigious Breakthrough Talent Award.
Jonathan Mizzi and his team picked up their award in front of a VIP audience of over 1400 of the world’s leading architects and interior designers, beating off applicants from across the globe.
With past winners including talents of the calibre of Christopher Jenner and Dominic Harris of Cinimod Studio, this accolade is regarded as a huge honour within the design world. Said Jonathan Mizzi, “To make the shortlist was surprise enough, but to win really is the pinnacle of my career to date. It might be my name on the door, but I really couldn’t have achieved this without the support of my team. I can’t thank them enough.”
This success marks an incredible autumn for Mizzi Studio which has already seen it win the ‘Outside’ Award at the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards for the breathtaking copper kiosk – Colicci Coffee – at London’s Westfield Stratford City shopping centre, along with a host of other nominations.
Since launching in 2011, Jonathan has grown his practice into a fully-fledged team with offices in London and Malta, a diverse portfolio of clients and projects that span architecture, industrial design, lighting, interactive design and commercial artworks.
In particular the studio has won acclaim for its bold, futuristic and luxurious designs, many of them shaped by Jonathan’s love for science fiction, animation and Art Deco.
Among the company’s most high profile commissions are the ‘teardrop’ sculpture for the Mondrian Hotel Spa (a collaboration with designer Tom Dixon); the aforementioned Colicci Cafe project; a five-storey spiral staircase for a private house in Mayfair; a floor-to-ceiling ship’s hull sculpture for a shipping company’s reception and the Awkward collection of tables, launched at this year’s Decorex, the undulant, metallic forms of which seemingly float in mid-air.