Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Alex Papachristidis

When I saw that the new Manhattan apartment of interior designer Alex Papachristidis is on the cover of the November issue of Elle Decor, it was with a mix of trepidation and anticipation because I adored his previous apartment featured in the next five photos. Happily, his new digs are nothing short of spectacular, filled with Chinoiserie and my favorite pieces from the old place. The new apartment is more adult and sophisticated, with a more limited jewel toned color palette. In lieu of wallpaper like the previous apartment, lots of fabric covered walls. If you don't subscribe, go get this issue - it is a keeper. Read it online here.

Previous living room

Previous living room

Previous library

Previous bedroom

Previous bedroom

The new apartment starts below.

The double sided Chinoiserie bookcase from the previous living room is in the new entrance hall.

In the living room I recognize the sofa recovered in Shumacher ikat, the gold faux bamboo coffee table, and the Robin Wynne art. The chair is from the old library. I love the additional Chinoiserie touches of the Chinese toile lantern, the yellow foo dog and elephant, and the Christopher Spitzmiller double gourd lamp.

The living room is fabulous with its Gracie Chinoiserie wallpaper - the turtle apparently walked over from the old place.

I love the vintage bamboo armchair.

The Chinoiserie sconce is from a pair in the old living room.

A pair of pagodas on the dining room table.

This Chinoiserie cabinet was in the previous library.

Blue and white in the master bedroom, with the old bed recovered in blue velvet - lots of blue and white Chinese porcelain and a Chinese Chippendale chair - the mirror was above his bed before.

Walls and sofa in the dressing room are in a Manuel Canovas Chinoiserie fabric.

The antique Chinoiserie cabinet is a beautiful piece.


  1. LOVE his work! Everything he touches turns to gold!!
    Happy Wednesday.

  2. What a good lesson in "things that can go with Chinoiserie" that I would have not considered. Tribal (such as Ikat) + Chinoiserie? Wow. True geometrics? Would not have been on my radar. Purple upholstery-studded-peace-signed padded walls? A triumph.

  3. It was a spectacular spread in ED! I love the color explosions and the nailhead treatment on the purple walls! Spectacular!

  4. When my copy came in the mail day before yesterday I immediately sat down to pour over it, as the cover had me at Hello!!! I could not stop drooling over his spectacular rooms and amazing use of color and texture. Your previous commenter has it right: A TRIUMPH!!!

  5. Love the wallpaper in the last one. Makes me think of my powder room. When you post like this, I become obsessed with the smallest of details. I can't get over that tiny tangerine table in the first shot with the silver elephant on it....Going hunting, again.

  6. Wow! What a tour de force...just what a NYC apartment should be, exotic, colorful, rich, over the top, and highly detailed. I love it!

    Dean Farris
    Naples, Fla.

  7. Colorful. Opulent yet modern. Confident. And, thank you Jesus, not beige!

  8. Love it all. Especially the wallpaper.

  9. Oh my dear I love it!!! my favourite is the blue lounge room Will skedaddle out otday and hopefully find this mag NOW in australia.
    As always fantastic blog. i an mad for chinois

  10. Stunning use of color a genius!

    2012 Artists Series

  11. Check out the new Alex Papachristidis book, "The Age Of Elegance" RIZZOLI with foreword by Mario Buatta!