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Article by Stelios Pentarvanis
Posted on April 14th, 2011
in Interiors, Design & Stagedesignoffice

Stavros Papayiannis lives and works in Athens. After studying medicine in the specialization of Anatomic Pathology, he entered the world of design in 1988 as a self taught practitioner with Takis Papayiannis. From 1991-1997, they owned the multi-discipline design studio, DeArte which handled Interior Design, Graphic Design, Photography and Art.

In 1997 together with George Kyriazis, they established Stage Design Office, a comprehensive multi-discipline design company which deals with Interior design, Graphics, Advertising, Public Installations, Exhibitions, Art and Photography.
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INTERVIEW 

Is beauty what you seek?

What is beautiful today is ugly tomorrow and what was ugly yesterday is beautiful today. I would say that what interests me more is charm, an actuality which contains both beauty and ugliness. Charm opens pathways, etches journeys, creates myths, reveals, or if you like, has time on its side. While beauty is something which is incredibly fleeting one could say even instantaneous, powerful but instantaneous, fluid.

New and interesting or is the latter enough by itself?

Old or new always depends on the point of view and that, I believe, is interesting. There I consider is the revelation. In my opinion, there, is the eternal beauty of people and things

I wonder what happened to Minimal?

Aesthetics and style originate from the way in which we live. You can live in a fashion which is poorly, daringly, eccentrically, miserably, richly or with complexities or you can fantasize. Every way of life is expressed in aesthetics. And there is the essence. Only there can you see true values and truths, otherwise, the aesthetics or the style which you take, is like clothing which is worn in the wrong size or color. It is something which is uninteresting, soulless and dead. And it always betrays you.

What do you vote for in design, North, Central or Southern Europe?

Quite honestly, I am not concerned with the classification of things into groups. This method concerns marketers, scientists and their studies. In general, classifications do not interest me.

What is the most difficult task when decorating a residence?

In the creation of a space, whether it is called an office, a store or whatever, requires a design. The first and foremost is human, the human client. It is something like a patient and a doctor. From there you begin so that you can create something which survives with both its good and bad. I always like to say that the client is an accessory to the crime. Otherwise he doesn’t experience it, doesn’t love it or live it. It is foreign to him. He has simply purchased it without understanding the benefits and the faults of his space in which he must function. So I believe that the most difficult thing is communication and participation in the risk of true participation, to show to others that you really want to like where you live and work. From then on, the aesthetic terminology I think is built more easily and it can do great things. As a person and as an office, we always endeavor to avoid mannerisms. I believe that mannerisms kill inspiration and communication with others. That doesn’t mean that they don’t contain aesthetic roots, on the contrary, they do and they are expressed in many and diverse ways. And that is where you build that underground, obscure terminology which categorizes your work.

Which architect, designer, interior designer has influenced your work?

I admire many people for many things. Andree Putman, Tandao Ando, Picasso, Giannis Kouvelli and Tom Ford, van Duyssen, Hedi Slimane, Starck, the Bouroullec brothers, Herzog and de Meuron, Anish Kapoor and others. I am literally unbelievably bored with Karim Rasid, Marcel Wanders, Zaha Hadid and the Campana brothers.

What is your opinion on fashion?

I adore fashion. It has dared to expose, it has communicated, enlightened many things. It has functioned, especially during recent years, as a giant connecting web between numerous things such as art, design, architecture and politics. It is something very much alive which breaks taboos, as strange as it may sound.

Which is your favorite city in the world and why?

Tokyo and New York, for the atmosphere they have created, for the aesthetics and for their pluralism.

Which new designers do you believe will capture us with their work?

I truly believe in the Bouroullec brothers. They have aesthetics, values, they are amazingly modern but stand firm on history and above all, they have ethics.

Which person from the past or present (male or female) do you admire for their style?

Alfred Hitchcock, Andree Putman, Coco Chanel and Andy Warhol.

Could your home be photographed at any given time?

I think so, but of course, it would depend on the photographer.

The internet or magazines and newspapers?

I adore books and magazines. I envy Karl Lagerfield for his enormous book collection. (around 300.000 coffee table books) On the other hand, the internet fascinates me for its speed and its breadth.

What colors do you have in your bedroom?

In reality, my bedroom is mainly white, however, I usually dream of another apartment which is more esoteric, it has very dark, almost blue-black in the bedroom with just a little natural light.

Do you listen to music while working?

When I am working I like silence or conversation. I usually work with a colleague from the office and so we usually talk. I very rarely work alone but if I do I prefer silence.

What is your craziest dream professionally?

You will never believe it but I have lots of different ones and erratic dreams amongst them.;)

Have you ever envied someone else’s work out of admiration? 

Yes, many times and often. Indeed, when I admire and envy something, I immediately share it with my associates and friends. It may be clothes or a page from a magazine. From a material to a building, and exhibition or an object, in fact whatever it may be.

When I am in love, the first thing that comes to mind is a dinner for two at Hakkasan. What decoration do you have in mind when you are in love?

A journey, a long journey

What are you afraid of in the distant future?

Extreme Individuality. That is why the standpoint of our office is expressed here and has been for the past 15 years with the controversial phrase of Ezra Pound in his: Thisisnotaworkoffictionnoryetofoneman