Davide Rizzo’s approach to building a home goes far beyond the external. “I’ve always wanted to do it all,” says the Italian-Swiss architect, “from designing the house itself to the dinner plates on the table.” And everything in between, with his bespoke pieces gracing the homes, boats and private jets of clients from Miami to Moscow. Sometimes his creations are born out of personal frustrations – such as his delightfully oversized Glut glassware (€80-€440). “I couldn’t find a glass that was big enough to properly enjoy white wine,” he says with a smile. The result is a stylish and sculptural goblet – “importantly, the wine looks great through the grey glass”. He has since added tumblers and shot glasses to a collection produced by historic Murano glassmaker Seguso.
Murano glass has featured in many of his bespoke designs. Take the striking column chandelier made of 350 delicate glass baubles (€80,000), which he first suspended above the underground swimming pool of a house he designed in Vienna. Glass is also a key feature in Rizzo’s latest foray into furniture, including a curved gold-footed drinks cabinet he created in collaboration with revered Italian maker Aliprandi Valentino for a client in Dubai. With its highly reflective black glass front and a mirrored emerald interior, it embodies Rizzo’s passion for reinterpreting early-20th-century design in his his ultra-slick signature style (a similar piece is available on Artemest for £20,695).
Rizzo’s self-confessed “obsession with detail” can be seen across all aspects of his studio’s design and architecture, tailored to meet the demands of a growing list of clients – from a “commercial icon” in New York to the “daughter of a general” in Astana, Kazakhstan. His next challenge? The interior of a house boat destined for Berlin’s Spree river. “The decor of the two-bedroom boat was very 1990s in style, so we are taking everything out and refurbishing it with exquisite pieces – most of which have been designed by us.” The time it takes to complete a commission depends on the “challenges” it presents, he says. “We usually create prototypes of the pieces first, so from start to finish is around two to three months.”