Distinct Luxury by Studio Indigo In The Design Questionnaire
In this edition of Love Happens’ Proust-style Design Questionnaire, join us for a peek inside the inspiring mind of Mike Fisher, founder and creative director of the award-winning London-based design practice Studio Indigo. Since its founding in 2005, Studio Indigo has garnered a reputation for creating homes across the globe of expressive luxury and yet distinct character. Concepts Mike and his team pairs via a multidisciplinary approach encompassing interior design, architecture, yacht design, and estate management.
The Lh Design Questionnaire with Mike Fisher of Studio Indigo
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
My perfect happiness is spending time with my partner, friends, family, and dogs sailing in the Mediterranean or my house in the country. Alternatively, sitting in a beautiful Italian square such as Piazza Duomo in Syracuse, with a glass of wine watching the world go by.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Creating and building Studio Indigo from the ground up has been one of my greatest achievements. When I started it, I always thought it would be a small boutique practice of 5 and now it’s a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary practice of 40 people plus.
What profession does your alter ego have?
Although I’ve always wanted to design since I was a little boy, I think my alter ego would be a General Manager of a 5-star hotel somewhere fabulous. I love the idea of being responsible of delivering good service and making people feel happy and comfortable, which is pretty similar to my day-to-day role.
The project you will never forget.
Probably the most challenging project that I can mention is one of my own personal houses. Constructed behind a retained arts and craft façade, the dwelling had many challenges including planning, construction, and design. Planning is always a challenge more so in Kensington as the site was surrounded by listed buildings. It was sandwiched between two narrow roads and rebuilding the house was a logistical challenge involving road closures, parking suspensions, cranes and at one-point helicopters to lower in a 4-ton sliding roof. As the house had no outdoor garden space, a new ‘winter garden’ was created on the top house with a retractable roof and enormous ‘gull wing windows’ that allowed the outside in and reinforced the connection between the garden square and house. The building showcased Studio Indigo’s design skills and inventiveness in turning a challenge into something unique and distinctive.
Your favourite business tool or resource.
I’d have to say that my skilled designers and architects within our studio are my best business tool. They can do things that I cannot!
The most timeless design.
For me, timeless design is about being honest with what the building is and using quality materials that endure the test of time. I’ve always considered Georgian architecture timeless as the buildings have survived hundreds of years and still inspire—to me that is truly green design.
The biggest design faux pas.
In the age of the digital world, people tend to make the mistake of pretending to be something they are not. Although I think social media platforms like Pinterest are a great source of inspiration, it has meant that more people want their homes designed around a certain image instead of focusing on the building’s place, site, and how you are going to use the space. Trying to impose an image on a space rather than it reflecting your life and personality is a mistake.
Your design motto.
To surprise and delight.
Our publisher KOKET makes statement décor, if you were to design a room around one KOKET piece, which would it be, and why?
We love the decadence bookcase. It’s a simple but beautiful geometric piece that is a classic—we used it for our Chelsea Project that was inspired by the Art Deco era in the drawing-room.
Love happens when…
The dream and vision you have comes to realisation.