We had the good fortune of connecting with Alizee Brion and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alizee, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
My biggest inspirations are natural light and natural materials. Their movement, texture, imperfections… They bring our projects to life. That’s also why natural stone is such a big part of my work, and the reason why I chose to develop a collection of all marble furniture. I also love collaborating with artists who share these same sources of inspiration in their work, like we did with Valeria Nascimento for the Kips Bay Decorator’s Showhouse in Palm Beach. Art is such an integral part of interior design.
What should our readers know about your business?
I founded Light On White Design Studio four years ago now. Our boutique studio based in Miami works globally, with projects across the US, Europe and the Caribbean. We primarily design private residences and select commercial projects. We’ve also been known to do the occasional yacht! My background is as an architect, and by chance I fell into interior design through working with interior designers. My first job was working with Philippe Starck and I became so fascinated by the way that he designs everything from the bones of the space right down to custom furnishings in the tiniest detail. Seeing that process and learning from it is probably the biggest influence in my work today. That’s how we approach every project, the architecture, the interiors, the furnishings, the artwork and styling – all at the same time with equal importance. The defining factor of our work is that we are a multi-disciplinary studio. We’re architects, we’re designers, we’re artists, all merged into one.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My favorite restaurant in Miami is Mandolin Aegean Bistro. Their grilled seabass and crudités will make you think you’re in the South of France. For after dinner drinks the upstairs bar at 27 Restaurant has a great ambiance. But since we’re not going out so much these days, Omakai does amazing sushi delivery that is really beautifully presented. As a hyperactive, every morning you’ll find me at Anatomy in Sunset Harbor, which has the best programming and vibe in general than any gym I’ve been to in the world. Other than that my favorite thing to do when I’m not working is go to the beach and if it’s windy, go kitesurfing. For something more cultural the Rubell museum is a must for anyone interested in the contemporary art scene in Miami, as is Primary gallery, which always exhibit the most well curated works. For a quick weekend escape out of Miami, I like to either go South to Islamorada and stay at The Moorings or go North to Cumberland Island and stay at Greyfield Inn. On my way north, I always stop by Palm Beach antiques shop Ponce Berga which is my little treasure trove of important 20th Century furnishings and collectible design pieces.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My mentor was my father, who encouraged every career aspiration I ever had and by example, taught me the value of hard work and ethics. Together with my mother, they always encouraged me to anything I wanted to. Another invaluable source of power for me has been my network of industry friends that have been gracious in sharing their career wisdom with me. I strongly believe in women helping other women succeed and it’s how I lead my design studio today.
Nathalie Priem and Kris Tamburello