When a shop’s walls look as though they’re made from mother-of‑pearl, one can be sure there are treats in store. And Mayfair Design Studio is every bit as sumptuous as its glamorous decor implies. The first thing your eyes light on as you walk through the door is a dining chair made from liquid bronze (£6,376) and a bar stocked with champagne.
As with all the best business ideas, this furniture shop-cum-design studio was born of personal experience. “When I moved from Georgia to London I had to set up home with hardly any knowledge of the local design scene,” explains founder Mamia Sanadiradze. “It wasn’t easy, so I decided to create a showroom that provided both a retail offer and a very high-end personal design service in one.”
Sanadiradze has gone out of his way to avoid creating an instantly recognisable house style in order to appeal to an internationally varied client base (the staff are fluent in Russian and Italian). However, Mayfair Design Studio is neither soulless nor muddled: everything here has been crafted by experts. Italian furniture maker Ceccotti’s elegant American walnut and smoked-glass dining table (£7,198), for example, is sanded by a team of women because their more delicate hands make them better able to achieve the cashmere-soft finish, while its walnut Never Full sideboard (from £15,232) has bespoke glass “balconies” tailor-made to fit the client’s stemware.
The result is a store that feels more like a temple of delights than a furniture showroom. Limited-edition exclusives include a drinks cabinet lined with gold leaf by Giorgetti (£16,431), while heirloom-quality curiosities range from a rare 1970s Venini-glass seagull (£9,800) to a pair of Rubin hand-blown crystal speakers shaped like a jet engine (£7,995). “The speakers are a popular impulse buy,” says manager Philip Howe, “especially after lunch.” He remains discreet, however, about who’s wandered in for a postprandial shopping spree.
As to the super-slick design studio, it works with both private clients and acclaimed interior-design practices to source one-of-a-kind furniture, finishings and accessories from its network of skilled specialists. So, should one fancy adding hand-engraved Arte Veneziana glass inlays (price on request) to the marble floor in the ballroom, this is the place to come. Looking for a way to get statement lighting into a hall cursed with a low ceiling? The solution might be a Barovier & Toso Murano-glass lamp (£19,560) that has all the show‑stopping glamour of a chandelier but stands on the floor.
“People can just come in and buy from the shop floor,” says Howe, “but more often than not, the products are the starting point for a bespoke piece destined to become an antique of the future.” Pop in and let your imagination roam.