MARCELLO POZZI, principal
Marcello Pozzi, born in Busto Arsizio, Italy in 1974, is an Italian architect also licensed in California. After graduating from the Politecnico di Milano, he received the Italian European architectural license in 2000. In 2001, Marcello moved to Los Angeles in the United States “….to experience a completely different environment of creativity which I was exposed to only through sporadic lectures at the university.”
Marcello worked for five years for the international hospitality design firm Hirsch Bedner & Associates, where he acquired extensive experience in the interior design of restaurants and large hotels and resorts. In particular, Marcello was the Lead Designer for the Okada restaurant at the Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas and Macau. “At HBA I learned to master the planning of different kinds of spaces and to think about a building from the inside-out. Since I wanted to be more in control of the structure and shell and core of the buildings, I decided to move to Gensler where I could practice and learn architectural design without being under a strict design philosophy.”
Marcello worked at Gensler from 2005 to 2011, where as Lead Senior Designer for both architecture shell and core, and interior, he gathered further experience on large-scale projects in hospitality, retail, mixed use and office buildings. Beyond the Mr. C Hotel, in Los Angeles, Marcello designed the architecture and interior of the Sarparea de Pandi Boutique Hotel & Villas, a 160-key hotel and 75 villas in Nardò, Italy. This project was awarded the 2010 American Architecture Award by the Chicago Athenaeum.
Marcello also designed the new concept for The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf with prototype and flagship stores realized in California and Korea. “At Gensler I had the great opportunity of being responsible for the design of projects at a very different scale almost at the same time, and I was fortunate to work on several projects all the way through the construction and completion. I gained the confidence to go on my own and design large projects.”
In 2008, Marcello founded MLLO and he received notoriety with the design and construction of the provocative Farina Pavilion in Las Vegas which has been published in several magazines.
In 2012, Marcello's “STACK 50” table was launched by Restoration Hardware and gained positive reviews in various publications, including The New York Times and AD.
MLLO Inc. is a progressive practice that spans architecture, interior design and industrial design.
The highly developed 3d modeling approach allows MLLO to engage the client early on in the design process, developing a strong collaboration with all consultants and team members.
MLLO also has a network of consultants and collaborators in NYC and Italy, the location of the firm's satellite office.
Alongside architecture and design, Marcello paints and has exhibited his artwork in various galleries in Los Angeles.
He lives and works in Los Angeles.
MLLO Inc. is a licensed architectural practice in California (C-35365), New York (039341) and Italy/Europe.