David Mlinaric wins House & Garden Top 100 Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Lapicida

Lapicida was delighted to sponsor the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the recent House & Garden Top 100 event in central London. The deserving recipient was David Mlinaric (left) seen here with Jason Cherrington, Lapicida MD, who made the presentation.

As House & Garden so eloquently say: “David Mlinaric refuses to spill the beans on his clientele, but when The New York Times profiled him in 2008, it suggested rock stars and Rothschilds were among them. He studied at The Bartlett School of Architecture and worked for Michael Inchbald and, briefly, for architect Dennis Lennon, before setting up on his own in 1961. Based in Chelsea, he was at the epicentre of Swinging London and it is said he was thrown out of both the Cavalry Club and Annabel’s nightclub for dressing inappropriately. That is hard to square with a career during which he has decorated some of the most exquisite interiors in the land, including Spencer House. ‘I learnt early in my career that one job well done always leads to two more,’ he says. Many a designer has spent their formative years learning at his feet, among them Hugh Henry, Tino Zervudachi and Hugh Leslie. David is 83 and continues to work with a few clients with whom he has a long-standing relationship. One gets the sense they will not let him retire.”

Discover all the House & Garden Top 100 winners here.