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TXDW Dallas — Stephen Sills in Conversation with David Netto, and Alex Papachristidis

Design Royalty in Dallas

BY // 09.07.22

Stephen Sills — a member of the Architectural Digest AD100 and 30 Deans of Design, as well as the Elle Decor A-List — is one of the foremost designers in the world, known for his intellectual interiors. His designs not only achieve beauty and innovation, but also create a pervasive sense of luxury and calm.

When approaching his third book, Sills told interior designer and writer David Netto — a contributing design editor to The Wall Street Journal, T – The New York Times Style Magazine, and Town & Country — that he wanted it to be a teaching book. The result, Stephen Sills: A Vision for Design (Rizzoli), is like a master class in Sills’ design process, including mood boards, in-depth looks at projects, essays on architecture and landscape, and rumination on Sills’ own style evolution. Not to mention a foreword by longtime client and friend Tina Turner and a conversation about gardens with friend and neighbor Martha Stewart, cementing the book’s status as a resource for design lovers for decades to come.

Design advice: “Don’t you think curiosity is everything? In life, in art, in work, and just living? I’ve never been afraid to change. The invention is what excites me about doing interior design. Never think of the challenge and discipline it takes to create new work that doesn’t look like anything else you’ve done as work. That’s the most important part.” — Stephen Sills


What, When, Where: Stephen Stills in Conversation with David Netto, and signing of Sills’ new book, Stephen Sills: A Vision for Design, Monday, September 19, 4:30 to 6:30 pm, at Wells Abbott Showroom, 1025 N. Stemmons Freeway, Suite 749, Dallas Design District.


Alex Papachristidis perpetually brings a fresh approach to elegant interiors, making him one of the world’s most recognized designers. His latest book, The Elegant Life: Rooms That Welcome and Inspire (Rizzoli, September 2022), features an array of interesting and personal projects, from his nephew’s family’s New York apartment to his sister and brother-in-law’s opulent and refined Aegean-villa-inspired Bridgehampton-area home.


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Since founding his firm in 1987, Papachristidis has mastered the art of gracious living and over the past decade has evolved to incorporate more artisanal furniture and handsome artwork, beautifully captured in the book through lush photographs and text written with Mitchell Owens, American editor of The World of Interiors and contributor to Architectural Digest.

The late great Mario Buatta described Papachristidis as “one of today’s eminent tastemakers. Known for arresting, elegant interiors that meld classical motifs with a modern perspective and sophisticated details.”

Design advice: “To my mind, there is no such thing as an unimportant space; each one deserves respect and attention — after all, a living room is called a living room because you are supposed to live in it, not just look at it. The only way you can write that story is to understand how you want to live, in as much detail as possible.” — Alex Papachristidis


What, When, Where: Salon talk and book signing, Wednesday, September 21, noon to 2:30 pm, at Jan Showers Showroom, 1308 Slocum Street, Dallas Design District.

Alex Papachristidis on New York City:

Central Park before 9 am, when all the dogs are off their leash, My dog Cooper has the time of his life.

Kappo Masa — always delicious.

Bergdorf Goodman — my favorite store in the world.

The Wrightsman Galleries at the Met always inspires me.

Liz O’Brien.

Gerald Bland.

Louis Bofferding.

Casa Cipriani, a magical view of the water.

My office — nothing I love more than what I do.

My apartment — no place like home.

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