Interior designer Alex Papachristidis describes himself as “a grand tradition” decorator with “a fresh hand” whose interiors are homey and approachable.
Born and raised in New York, got his first major commission while still a student at Parsons School of Design.
Established his eponymous firm in 1987 and has since completed projects for a distinguished roll-call of residential and commercial clients across the world, from the Hamptons to London to Saudi Arabia.
Having mastered the skill of fusing modern and traditional elements, editors, designers, and clients alike use the word “fresh” to define his elegant approach, color palette, and the delightful details that make even a small room sizzle with style.
Inspired by the look
Unlike some designers, Papachristidis welcomes his clients’ ideas. “Often the most interesting projects are the ones in which a savvy client is intimately involved,” he says. A perfectionist, he likes to see a project through to its smallest details—from hand-painted dishes to custom-made linens, blotters, and couture tissue holders.
He believes that a great interior should be beautiful and usable, and each room in a home created for living. “The greatest pleasure for me,” says Papachristidis, “is when clients tell me that we’ve made their home into ‘an exquisite backdrop,’ a place to live, enjoy, and entertain.”
Accessories such as flowers and plants are fundamental to the overall effect the designer strives to create: “They bring an interior to life and make it feel loved and lived in”.
Splashing modern, youthful colors on the walls and investing in bright, vibrant fabrics is a way of doing just that, he says. “It’s important to remember that antiques can still look new.”.