Close friends describe me as…loyal, determined, passionate, having a great sense of humor and possessing no shortage of opinions.
My dream room would have…multiple floor-to-ceiling iron-and-glass doors that would open onto a terrace overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. Smells of orange, lemon and herbs would fill the air; furnishings would be casually slipcovered in all-white cotton; silk and kilim pillows would be scattered about; antique terrazzo floors would be underfoot; a Noguchi Akari light sculpture would illuminate the room; artwork from friends and travel would cover the walls; and yards and yards of books would burst out of Gio Ponti shelves. Last but not least, it would have the BEST sound system money could buy!
Mele’s travel destination of choice
his live/work studio
A glass of rosé leaves its mark.
When I need inspiration…I take a walk. I’m lucky to live in a wonderful neighborhood in the best city in the world. I’m thankful every day because of it.
The best piece of advice I ever received…“It all comes out in the wash!”
If I could go anywhere in the world…India. Every last corner.
My favorite piece in my home…is a large rock crystal fragment that belonged to my grandfather, who is still alive and a phenomenal man.
My first project was…a family friend’s home in Pelham, NY, that I did after-hours and on weekends while I was fully employed at Ralph Lauren.
If it’s a weeknight, you’ll probably find me…at dinner with friends or sometimes solo—which, from time to time, I relish. I’m out to dinner most nights when I’m in New York.
In ten years, I see myself…creating and producing a full line of interesting pieces for the home and everyday life, and scouting/collaborating with other talent, all of which would be showcased in one-of-a-kind namesake spaces that change and morph throughout the year that keep people coming back to discover. Frequently traveling abroad and creating homes for a small group of people who share the same lust for life.
If I were stranded on a desert island, I would take…a cooler of rosé that never gets warm.
A typical day for me entails…I don’t think there’s a typical day when you’re building and running a small business for yourself, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I could talk for hours about…a lot of things, as long as that rosé stays cold.
On my coffee table, you will find…I don’t have a coffee table. I live and work in my design studio.
Good style is…having a sense of one’s self and a sense of humor, keen interests, strong opinions, a point of view and, of course, tortoise-shell glasses, a signature scent, and a crisp white Charvet shirt doesn’t hurt either.
What I love most about what I do is…making people feel good. Making them happy.
This rock crystal fragment from his grandfather is his favorite piece at home.
Mele’s dream room would include a Noguchi Akari light sculpture and kilim pillows.
Photographs: live/work studio: annie schlechter; photo of Taj Mahal by istockphoto.com © elikova_Oksana; all other photos contributed