Who We Are
StudioMIC is a multi-disciplinary design consultancy with experience in commercial and retail interior, product, and spatial design.
Founded by Michele 'Mic' Grech-Cumbo, we aim to provide experiences for our clients, that evoke the senses and the mind by creating unique design aesthetics and project management.
Michele is a Design Consultant and Creative Director, leading teams to create unique spaces.
I run a multi-disciplinary design studio, Aartium Projects (EU) and StudioMIC (SA). Focusing my experience and expertise in spatial, interior, and product design, I offer in-house design consultation and development, as well as full turnkey solutions via our teams of industry specialists.
My projects include interior, furniture, and product design for the hospitality, commercial, and residential environments. Additionally, I involve myself with contractors and project managers, directing my projects into reality. Collaborating with great teams we have designed and created specialised custom products and projects, for various industries, including bespoke clients: providing design, manufacturing, and project management for these discerning entities.
My projects also include the design development of new products both for the StudioMIC standard product range as well as bespoke designs for unique environments. I retail products online via a network of distributors, and we also offer products from a collection of suppliers.
I believe in collaborative design, organising eclectic teams to form a company of unique, project-based specialists. Combining wide ranging knowledge, experiences, and expertise in multiple industries, I coordinate the team, so that we may successfully achieve the outcomes together.
I strives to create beautiful spaces and objects with rivalling quality. I believe in service, quality, and honesty, persevering to design objects that are sustainable, impacting less on our environment and our world, while maintaining the desired outcomes. While we create objects for industry, we believe design should be helpful, social, 'co-designed', and something that is able to impact positively at every interaction.
Without good design, humankind has little to desire
2019 | Nandos: Young Hot Designer Finalist
Kuluz Collection of African inspired tables and stools.
2019 | PPC Imaginarium Finalist
Tension: A sculptural concrete coffee table.
2018 | 100% Design and Decorex
Exhibitor and ‘Future Splash’ invitational exhibitor.
2017 | ”Off The Wall” Group Sculpture Exhibition, Everard Read Gallery
OBR: Floating Flock of Fowls.
2017 | Elle Decoration Magazine: SOLVE Finalist
Novela: Modular Shelving System.
2016 | Rapid Product Development Association of South Africa (RAPDASA) Overall Competition Grand Prize Winner
RapidSaver: Recycled, low-cost life preserver for impoverished areas.
2016 | Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Design Indaba, First Runner up and Design Indaba Invitational Exhibitor
Sanibonani Seating. “For Us All” shareable public seating.
2014 | Samsung Inspire Design Finalist
Sprouts: Playground Equipment was a finalist design for the Samsung Inspire Design Competition.
2013 | Bachelors of Technology in Industrial Design
Industrial Design, University of Johannesburg
Dissertation Title: Sprouts: Playground Equipment: A user-centered approach to improving gross motor skills, socialization and cognitive skills in children.
2012 | National Diploma in Three-Dimensional Design
University of Johannesburg.
2012 | Alexandra Township, Social Candle Holder Initiative, Finalist
University of Johannesburg.
Design a safe, low-cost candle holder for use within informal township settlements, that reduce the cause of fires.
We are here to help you every step of the way
When we take on a project here at StudioMIC we pour all of our creative and professional talents into it. We’re passionate about creating designs that will change the world and the way you spend your time in your new custom-designed space. Take a look at some of our recent projects.