CEO & Founder
Subtracting, because to me “beauty is hidden in simplicity”.
As for my professional approach “ subtracting” means to harmonize the environment with the essential and functional elements; “simplicity” means challenging, as it is the most complex aim to achieve.
Having the “Italian Genes” enforces me to pay particular attention to detail.
Born in Puglia in South Italy, Interior Architect Marianna Piccolo’s sense of aesthetics was molded at an early age by the rural beauty, culture, folk music, art and architecture of her homeland. Her deep passion for design led her to pursue interior design from the legendary Polytechnic University of Milan. After graduating in 2007, she trained under the award-winning Italian architect and interior designer Marco Piva in his eponymous design studio in Milan.
Marco Piva instilled in his protégé a rational approach to design, pervaded by stylistic freedom and compositional sobriety. Inspired by her mentor to think big, she moved to Dubai in 2008 and worked as a consultant for high-profile firms including RW Armstrong, Sinergo S.P.A and Al Tayer Group before establishing My Pick One Studio Design in 2012.
Marianna’s design philosophy is rooted in minimalism and Design by Subtraction, unearthing the beauty hidden in simplicity. Her many luxurious residential and commercial projects in Puglia, Paris, Dubai and Abu Dhabi stand testament to her natural ability to create; understated, yet harmonious and elegant design. Her Italian heritage and impeccable attention to detail stand her in good stead when it comes to designing for her clients.
Besides Interior design, her other twin passions are fashion and photography. She is also a regular speaker at design forums. But undoubtedly what she enjoys the most is designing eclectic projects.