YOO Studio


    "It's all about you."

    The YOO Studio is a unique design house with experience of cutting edge design in over 24 countries. Serving the YOO tribe internationally, the studio has completed individual residences and hotels as well as bringing to fruition the visions of Creative Directors Philippe Starck, Marcel Wanders, Jade Jagger and Kelly Hoppen. This gives YOO Studio a unique design DNA that could only come from working with the world’s best.

    Headed by Mark Davison, the studio’s experience is enhanced by its diversity of over 20 architects, interior and product designers with big imaginations, providing a choice of looks and styles to suit the lifestyles of today’s modern dwellers.

    They only source the best quality fittings and furniture from around the world to create interiors that are imaginative, rare and individual - just like you. The YOO Studio’s global design expertise has developed a unique understanding of designing in different cultures, to create projects that respect and enliven the cultures in which they live.The YOO Design Studio was originally established to service the ideas of its star designers (first Philippe Starck, then Marcel Wanders, Jade Jagger, Kelly Hoppen and Anouska Hempel) providing what its head of design Mark Davison calls “the glue between the designers and the developers.” Over time, however, this extremely talented and thoughtful group of product and interior designers and architects has inevitably developed its own unique intelligence and identity. Now the YOO Design Studio happily functions as a creative force in its own right, taking on residential and hotel interiors, restaurants and larger architectural projects. 

    The team prides itself on taking on board the local context: “we’re not here to export European design around the world. We do a lot of research on the local context and weave that back in to the project,” says Mark Davison. “We know how to deliver unique spaces, and at different cost points.”



  • Blazhka Marnikova

    Junior Designer

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  • Claire Rizzi

    Senior Designer

    Claire, an internationally experienced interior designer, graduated from the prestigious Parisian school Nissime de Camondo. After her studies, she decided to work outside Europe. She spent time working in China for renowned architectural offices (Architecture Studio / Standardarchitecture) and São Paulo, where enjoyed the freedom of working as an independent designer. Claire credits her international experience and trips as a key inspiration in her design approach. During her career, Claire has worked on a wide variety of projects including hotels, theatres, commercial spaces, offices and residential design.
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  • Giovanna Gallo

    FF&E Designer

    Giovanna joined YOO in November 2012 as part of the Furnishings team to work on the logistics for the Mira Moon Hotel and Great Northern Hotel projects. She became part of the YOO design team in April 2013 with a strong focus on FF&E selection and styling. Giovanna has worked on many YOO project across the globe bringing to life the vision of many YOO Inspired by Starck and Jade Jagger for YOO projects. Prior to joining YOO Giovanna worked for a London-based property investment fund and was responsible for all aspects related to the set-up of their luxury residences around the world.

  • Mark Davison

    Head of Design

    Mark completed both parts of his studies (parts 1 and 2) at the highly respected architecture school at the University of Canterbury. He started working with John Hitchcox as soon as he had graduated, helping to set up the Manhattan Loft Corporation. Within five years, he was Creative Director, responsible for every design issue from building development to corporate design. After a few independent years running his own highly successful and profitable practice, Mark once again joined John Hitchcox to assist him in setting up YOO with Philippe Starck. Mark’s architectural background and hands-on experience in the area of cutting-edge development has given him an unusual and valuable insight into the commercial machinery of the property industry, as well as the expectations of the clients. Mark, who lives between London and Sussex, oversees the quality of the output from the YOO Design Studio all over the world.
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  • Michelle Montefusco

    Senior Designer

    Michelle joined YOO in September 2016 and is currently leading proposals for projects in Bali, Jade Jagger for Yoo, and in Istanbul, Yoo inspired by Starck. Of Canadian origin she moved to Italy where she studied architecture at the Politecnico di Milano, graduating with honours. During her 20 year career, Michelle has worked in the USA for NBBJ, as well as in Italy, for leading designers such as Piero Lissoni and Matteo Thun, amongst others. She has worked on a large number of high end interior projects, and her experience in Italy has given her a strong knowledge of the product design industry. Michelle has also worked on many residential projects from conception to finish, as well as developed concepts and FF&E for several hotels, ranging from boutique hotels in Japan, to wellness hotels in the European alps, to global budget hotel roll outs.
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  • Monika Piatkowski

    Studio Manager

    In her role as Studio Manager Monika works across many varying projects simultaneously, co-coordinating the design team and ensuring the highest quality output at all times. Throughout her 20-year career in the design industry Monika has worked in various creative fields as a multidisciplinary designer including graphics for print, TV and web design, product, furniture and lighting design. She has delivered innovative design work, collaborated on projects involving design retailers and manufacturers, interior designers and architects in the UK and internationally. As a prolific designer in her own right Monika's own work has been recognised through several national and international awards. Hailing from Norway, with a rich and varied cultural background, she is also fluent in English, Norwegian and Polish.
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