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CovetED Exclusive Interview with Maria VafiadisFriday 10 February 2017
Educated in Milan, Maria Vafiadis views this astounding metropolis as a second home, but it was in London that she made her certified entrance in design due to the massive presence of hospitality design. She saw an opportunity that she simply could not resist.
Her style is best described for its uniqueness. MKV studio has worked on a variety of projects expressing themselves through divergent ways. As a whole, these fundamentals envision their philosophy, to craft exceptional projects that provide the best sorts of experiences to their guests. They always keep in mind the locality while designing a specific piece, Maria Vafiadis says that, “as part of our authenticity and uniqueness whenever we go to any country, we always try to find what it is available there, and we will try to use it in our projects just to give it the extra flair, the extra layer of locality.”
Costa Navarino Resort in Greece is referred to by the designer as one of her favorite projects owing to its complexity and also for creating a new destination. In addition, she cherishes a small boutique hotel in Vienna which is positioned in a classical environment. In relation to exciting new projects, the group has been finishing the Sheraton Park Lane in London, in a couple of months, they will be opening the Grand Hyatt in Abu Dhabi, and they also have some developments in Tenerife and the Greek Islands.
An inspiration derives from everywhere, as stated by Vafiadis, “inspiration is everywhere, in nature, in a shop front, in a fashion show, in an artist’s work, and you just have to look at it.” Over and above, she admires Frank Lloyd Wright and the modernist movement.
As an architect, she views her peers as tremendously individual beings who have an extensive academic background and an unambiguous way of thinking that perpetually seek correctness, creativity, and individuality. According to the designer, she constantly struggles to find the balance between the correctness of architecture and the frivolousness of interior design; nevertheless, she believes their amalgamation is quite significant.
For young interior architects, Vafiadis advises working hard, not to be demoralized, to keep their creativity alive, and to find balance and guidance amongst those who already possess the experience and knowledge to triumph.
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