Design Q&A with Alex Papachristidis

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Flip through The Age of Elegance and it's clear why Alex Papachristidis has a reputation for elegant and traditional interiors.  It's also clear why he's just celebrated 25 years as an interior designer: like the man himself, his interiors also have wit, whimsy and a flair for the dramatic.

What is your favorite design moment (house, restaurant, building, public space) in Los Angeles?
L.A is full of beautiful houses. I love the Beverly Hills Hotel because it reminds me of I Love Lucy and all the great Hollywood stars who have stayed there. Then of course there’s Tony Duquette’s house, which is so unique and amazing. An incredible theatrical moment, so Hollywood, so L.A.

Let’s pretend you have $400 to update a 250 square foot space — how do you spend it?

Batik tablecloths. You can drape the furniture with them and even laminate them to make lampshades

Tell us a little bit about your window for LCDQ's (La Cienega Design Quarter) Legends of La Cienega event.

It’s neoclassical, an ode to classicism. There are antiques from the past, but the use of color is very present, and it’s all timeless.

What 5 things would you put in a time capsule?  (NOTE: The theme of this year's LCDQ event was Time Capsule: The Past, Present and Future of Design).

A copy of my book, The Age of Elegance: Interiors, which is a compilation of my favorite work from the last 25 years, a LeManach silk velvet tiger pillow, my Hermes alligator agenda, the recipe for Glorious Foods' caviar tart, and movies: Auntie Mame, Gigi, Mommy Dearest, The Producers and Now, Voyager.


What period of history would you most like to have lived in?

The 18th century, definitely!  So beautiful and so elegant.


What would you bring with you if you were time traveling?

My yorkie, Teddy, and my life partner, Scott.  


What 5 things do you recommend keeping on hand for unexpected guests?

Coke Zero, William Poll potato chips and dip, champagne, vodka, and pressed cocktail napkins.


What’s your biggest design or home-related indulgence?

Everything luxurious!


What’s your favorite home from a movie or tv show?

Auntie Mame's 1 Beekman place apartment in the movie Auntie Mame.  


What do you love most about LA?

Palm trees. Living in houses — instead of apartments.  And movie stars!


What’s your favorite cheap design trick or tip?

Wicker baskets. Because even in the most formal rooms, they tone things down.  


To learn more about Alex and see more of his work, click here.  


(Image: Alex Papachristidis)