London born and bred, Alex Michaelis is one half of architecture and interior design firm Michaelis Boyd and best known for designing his subterranean family house and giving an eco-makeover to David Cameron’s home before he became Prime Minister. In our June 2018 magazine, Michaelis will be talking to Studio as part of a round table discussion about bathroom design.
When was the practice founded? Tim Boyd and I founded Michaelis Boyd back in 1995 – our first office was an attic!
How many staff? Altogether, there are 51 of us in our London and NY offices.
Where is it based? We have offices in both Notting Hill and Brooklyn.
What is your latest significant achievement/project of note? We have completed the Williamsburg Hotel in Brooklyn and Duddell’s restaurant in London Bridge – both fantastically different and wonderful projects.
I’ve just discovered… the beauty of Lisbon. I’ve recently been with my son and the architecture and atmosphere was incredible.
Who inspires me? I’ve always been a fan of Zumthor, Corbusier, and Alto.
I’ve always been a fan of… The underdog – which is personified in my enduring love for Queens Park Rangers, my local team.
My highlight of the last 12 months… I would definitely count climbing Mount Kenya as a highlight. The climb was a real challenge and the awesome power of nature makes you appreciate the beauty of our planet.
My next design trip is to… Vals in Switzerland. We are researching thermal spas for an exciting upcoming project in the English countryside.