23 January 2019

Inspired by John Stefanidis

From London to Patmos, this Egyptian born designer does easy breezy island living as effortlessly as formal English manor homes.

There’s rarely a time when a flip through one of legendary designer John Stefanidis’ books doesn’t spark a new idea or reveal an interesting perspective to apply to one of the projects we are currently working on. Stefanidis (born and raised in Cairo to Greek parents) opened up shop in London in 1967. His early work is just as inspiring and worthy of imitation as the projects that show up in the current pages of Architectural Digest. We always find ourselves dog earring the pages of his books, and today we wanted to share a few of our recent favorite Stefanidis images. In no particular order and with no particular theme…we give you the genius that is John Stefanidis.

Blue sapphire walls and a dramatic balloon shade window treatment. Bring back the balloon shade!
A casual corner of a home in Patmos, Greece.

Checkerboard on the walls and a Moorish looking tile on the floors give this bathroom such a unique feeling. Love the elegant window shade, too!

Stefanidis is a master of the canopy bed and uses them liberally in his work. Whether he is dressing a simple metal canopy bed for a house in Patmos (below left) or a serious tester bed in London, his way of dressing and designing beds is just divine. We’re looking for a similar metal canopy bed for a project we’re working on for a client who shares our enthusiasm for canopy beds.

A very elegant canopy bed with several layers of bed hangings.
Simple and breezing bed hangings in an island setting.

We still love this technique of using the same fabric everywhere in a room, even if some might deem it too old fashioned. There are always ways to take an old idea and make it feel new and fresh again.

Stefanidis’ books Living by Design and Rooms: Design and Decoration are must haves for any design enthusiast!

— Lauren & Suzanne
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