Mayfair Apartment. Dezeen. Jan 2021 

"MWAI designs Mayfair apartment as if it were a hotel suite. From a mini-fridge to a folding desk and a concealed make-up mirror, this compact London apartment designed by local firm MWAI features a variety of space-saving solutions. 

Commissioned by a busy, professional client who work internationally, the architects were asked to transform a 37-square-metre, one-bedroom apartment in Mayfair mansion block into a minimalist 'pied-a-terre'..............."


An Architect's House. The Times Magazine. Oct 2019 

"Home. We've got window envy! When an architect and interior designer couple set about turning their Edwardian house into the perfect home, it was all about creating space and light. There aren’t many people who can tell you the precise colours in which they have painted every single surface in their house. But then Matthew Woodthorpe, the 46-year-old founder of MWAI architects is, as he admits, “a bit picky about detail”. Which is why he and his wife, Nadine, 44, an interior designer, can rattle off the names of the Farrow & Ball paints like a landscape designer might list the botanical species in a garden: Cornforth White, Purbeck Stone, Ammonite, Downpipe."..........


Sofitel St James. Interior Design. June 2020 

"MWAI's Renovation of The Sofitel London St James Honors the Hotel's Historical Features. The Sofitel London St James hotel started its life in the 1920s, as the headquarters of a bank. Located just moments away from Buckingham Palace, the neoclassical building is protected as listed, along with over 150 buildings around it. So when the Sofitel London St James embarked on a multimillion-pound renovation last year, the task was handed over to MWAI — a local architecture practice well acquainted with listed-building renovations."............


Chomley Extension. Telegraph Magazine. Jan 2020

"House Proud. Window of opportunity. An open-plan living space was transformed with a new layout and bold glazing choices. The kitchen in the north London home of Georgia Brewster, 40, her husband Simon, also 40, and their three young children is proof of the transformative power of a Critall-style (steel frames) window. When they moved into the house sixe years ago, it was liveable but dated. Now, following a full refurb by MWAI architects (, which finished last May, it has been reborn as a cool contemporary space."......



A Collector's House. Grand Designs Magazine. May 2019

"Solutions for awkward spaces. From low ceiling heights to odd dimensions and a lack of natural light, there are clever design ideas for a challenging layout"............


Minimalist Apartment. Dezeen. June 2017 

"MWAI uses pale grey tones in West London flat renovation for two design enthusiasts. London studio MWAI has used a soft-grey palette to update an apartment on the upper floors of a Victorian terrace in Little Venice, applying the tone to chevron-patterened tiling and oak floors. The architects used geometric tiling and shades of white and grey to emphasise the space and lightness within the minimalist home, which they created for two design enthusiasts and their growing family.".............


An Architects House. 25 Beautiful Homes Magazine. Aug 2020.

"Smart Solutions. Matthew and Nadine Woodthorpe used their design know-how to give a delapidated terrace a second chance. During the renovation of their Edwardian terrace, architect Matthew Woodthorpe and his interior designer wife Nadine were extremely conscious of being respectful to its architecture. 'I wanted our home to honour the past and nuture a love of craftmanship' says Matthew, who is founder or architectural practice MWAI. 'We bought the house in a delapidated state and took our time to work out how the spaces could evolve' he says. 'We have two girls, Elizabeth and Inka, and we designed it to transition into their teenage years and beyond.'......................


Jamesown Museum. Architects Journal. Dec 2016 

 "MWAI reveals Saint Helena Cultural Centre Vision. The pro bono commission will create a new cultural venue for the 4,200 inhabitants of the second most remote island community in the world. Backed by The St Helena Heritage Society and The Friends of St Helena and supported by local architect Jens Kuhn – the scheme will restore an historic Grade III-listed store in the island’s capital, Jamestown.The unpaid project, connected to the neighbouring St Helena Museum, follows several years of engagement by the practice which was founded in 2009 and specialises in residential, commercial and masterplanning projects"..........


Elgin Apartment. Dezeen. Jan 2016 

"MWAI adds copper fixtures and marble surfaces to victorian apartment in London. Bespoke joinery and minimal materials feature throughout the interior of this London apartment, recently transformed into a contemporary home by local architecture practice MWAI. The studio was tasked with creating a home for the director of joinery company Interior ID, with whom they worked closely for the duration of the project. Each room within the Maida Vale Apartment was conceived as a unique space – each characterised by darkening colours and materials. "Darkening metal trims and tones signal an increased level of privacy between room functions," explained the architects. "Bright copper turns into antique brass; minimal Corian surfaces turn into richly textured marbles."..................


MWAI's upcycled home renovation features in The Evening Standard.  

"How this architect couple took on a rundown maisonette and created their dream London home, learning countless new skills along the way".


Article by Kate Jacobs

Photography by Billy Bolton