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designer, Stavros Papagiannis studied anatomic pathology. It
quickly became clear that this creative polymath needed a
different day job. Fortunately, the same macro-to-micro diagnostic skills that would have made this Athenian native a
successful pathologist gave him a unique eye for analyzing what
makes interior spaces come to life. The latest cure for terminally
boring hotels from Stage Design Office, the multi-disciplinary
studio Papagiannis co-founded with George Kyriazis, is the
Greek capital's newly opened lifestyle property, AthensWas.
In many ways, this conversion of a 2006-era apartment
building into a cool, 21-key deluxe boutique hotel is the ideal
project to put under the design microscope. It's typical of the
small-footprint buildings city center hotel buyers are snapping
up because they're no drama. The fact that the structure was
fairly new; that, as Papagiannis says, it was "in pretty good
condition," and that it wasn't burdened with a backlog of heritage-related regulations nor code requirements that would
apply to a soaring high-rise cleared the way for the clean-slate
aesthetic redo and quick ramp-up investors need now.
This new Design Hotels member is also a conceptual bellwether. Without sacrificing the big-scale wow factors that are
usually the exclusive purview of commercial projects, Stage Design
Office sought to retain both the livability and owner-centric style of
a residential building. "It was challenging since we weren't
designing for a specific client as we would with an apartment
commission," says Papagiannis. "So we decided to cast Athens itself
as our 'owner' and base our design around the city's personality."
The design team bucked the current trend to be completely
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2	Geometrics get
dramatic thanks to the
strong black-and-white
contrast in the restaurant's flooring and on
the banquettes as well
as in the rectangular
risers of the starkly
pristine flight of stairs.

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3	Vertical detailing such
as the louvered stripes
on this floor-to-ceiling
glass wall visually
expands the small
scale of the public
spaces while providing
a voyeuristic view of
the hotel for passersby.
4	Stavros Papagiannis (l.)
and George Kyriazis,
co-founders and
creative directors of
Stage Design Office.
The tagline for their
Athens-based studio
sums up their design
philosophy in one (long)
word: THISISNOTAWORKOFFICTIONNOR
YETOFONEMAN.

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PA N AG IO T IS B A X EVA N IS ( PA PAG I A N N IS A N D K Y RI A SI Z )

Before he discovered his true m├ętier as a (self-taught)


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Boutique Design - September 2015
Contents
From the Editor
In This Issue
The Buzz
Southern Accents
Wicked Cool
Greek Revival
Q+A: Adventurous Outlook
Awash in Glamour
Products: Lighting
Products: Fabrics
Last Detail
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Boutique Design - September 2015 - Contents
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Boutique Design - September 2015 - From the Editor
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Boutique Design - September 2015 - In This Issue
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Boutique Design - September 2015 - The Buzz
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Boutique Design - September 2015 - Greek Revival
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