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Matters of Design
54 minutes | Nov 6, 2014
Eye on Design
Lifestyle writer and journalist Abigail Stone turns the tables this week and interviews “Matters of Design” host, Demitri Sgourakis. Abigail entices Demitri to reveal how he transitioned from his modest and artistic beginnings as a painter, potter and sculptor into a cutting-edge interior designer. Demitri reflects on his days at the Fashion Institute of Technology and his early years designing at an east coast furniture showroom to his journey west where he became the design director for an international brand, working with an A-List clientele. Next, Demitri offers perspective on his own design process sharing the challenges involved in working with a variety of people, places and scenarios that make every new consultation both interesting and provocative. Finally, he shares how he channeled his life-long interest in art, fashion and interior design into a new luxury lifestyle brand, DEMITRI CHRISTIAN, INC., which he launched in 2013.
56 minutes | Oct 30, 2014
Demitri and his guest, Lynn Dell, a/k/a The Countess of Glamour, discuss dressing for the Theater of Your Life.” With fashion today referencing the by-gone era of ubiquitous glamour, it is Mrs. Dell, owner of New York’s most sophisticated and trend-setting boutique —“Off Broadway,” who finds herself among the remaining pillars of high fashion for grown up ladies. Lynn opens the doors to a fascinating world most of us only see from afar, sharing her view from the inside and discussing her role the newly-released documentary “Advanced Style.” Next, Demitri talks with the internationally acclaimed fashion designer Christoforos Kotentos about his creative process and the inspiration behind the fantastic haute couture garments and stunning ready-to-wear collections he designs each season. Christoforos then shares his personal journey growing up in a creative family in Greece to his latest artistic ventures among the new establishment in New York City.
57 minutes | Oct 23, 2014
Demitri and his guest, interior designer Sandra Espinet, discuss the signature lifestyle look and feel that Sandra describes as The Well-Traveled Home. Sandra inspires us with the discoveries she makes on her exotic journeys and how her designs first become formulated in her own home before finding their place in the mix of the alluring interiors she creates for her clients. Next Demitri and his guest, Christine Haney of British wallpaper and paint company Farrow & Ball, discuss the craftsmanship behind the luxury brand established in 1946. Christine introduces F&B’s ethereal wallpapers — a blend of British and Japanese heritage designs — and explains why this new product line epitomizes the relaxed sophistication of Southern California’s resort lifestyle. Demitri and Christine then share ideas about current design trends and how to create a color scheme with a sense of flow by considering the light, space, and architecture of a room.
55 minutes | Oct 16, 2014
Heart of Design
Demitri and his guest, designer/artist Raghubir Khalsa, explore the specialized textile designs, decorative painting and mosaic tile work born of her highly acclaimed Off-White Castle Studio. Raghubir discusses the range of her artistic endeavors from her specialized hand-screened linens and one-of-a-kind commissions to her work as a consultant and an “eye service” artist in residence. Next Demitri visits with Mahana Coleman, color consultant and co-owner of Sydney Harbour Paint Company, to discuss the importance of “carefully considered colors,” the art of trending specialty finishes and the unique business of bespoke paints. Mahana follows up with a color forecast and reveals why the saturated pigments of SHPC are so unique.
54 minutes | Oct 9, 2014
Style and Taste
Demitri and his guest, designer Randall Crim of JRC Designs, discuss his beginnings in interiors and the beautiful designs he creates for everyday living. Randall elaborates on how he has carved a niche in the business and maintained a loyal clientele by elevating his clients' environments from ordinary to extraordinary. Next, Demitri hosts Paul LaRussa of Premier Cru to describe the design process of some of the most luxurious, functional and energy-efficient wine cellars in the country. Paul also shares his vision on how to elevate the tasting experience in his rooms with the Premier Cru Collection of elegant, hand crafted and lead-free stemware.
55 minutes | Oct 2, 2014
Essential Feng Shui
Demitri and Terah Kathryn Collins, best-selling author and founder of the Western School of Feng Shui, discuss the Essential Feng Shui principles important to the design world. Terah shares feng shui skills every designer should know to help create environments that meet the unique needs of their clients, utilizing such principles as seeing through Feng Shui Eyes, the Five Elements, the Bagua Map and the Golden Triangle. Terah’s insights illuminate how to create places for work, rest and play; how to maintain spaces that are safe, comfortable and beautiful; and how to see all areas as equal because “there’s no place to hide in feng shui. Finally, Terah further articulates what courses the WSFS is currently offering. It’s worth noting that Terah's first book, The Western Guide to Feng Shui, has been translated into ten languages and is one of the most popular books in the world on the subject.
54 minutes | Sep 25, 2014
Demitri and his featured guest, production designer Kalina Ivanov, discuss the fascinating world of film and television design. Kalina shares a personal journey from her native Bulgaria to her arrival in New York and her subsequent education at NYU. Tracing her beginnings as a storyboard artist to how she became one of the most talented and recognized production designers in film today, Kalina reveals her inspiration and creative process, how she transforms reality into story-telling, movie magic scenery and manifests the visual environments that characterize her award-winning set designs. Finally, she gives us a sneak peek into her exciting, upcoming projects.
58 minutes | Sep 18, 2014
Demitri’s first guest Architectural Digest Hall of Fame designer Sally Sirkin Lewis, founder of J. Robert Scott, reveals the aesthetic philosophy, timeless designs and exceptional attention to quality that have made her an international design force. Ms. Lewis shares her standards for creating masterfully clean, elegant and contemporary settings and the inspiration for her signature home couture style, which combines flawless finishes, rich textures and natural materials. Later in the show, A.S.I.D. designer Joanne MacCallum discusses what separates DIY designers from the real deal — a top-notch design education and the national exams that qualify and certify professionals in the ever-changing world of interior design.
57 minutes | Sep 11, 2014
Demitri and his guests discuss the concept of the Renaissance Man as designer and how great interior designers understand history, culture and fabrication. Celebrated interior designer Bernardo Puccio shares his original design style, highlights from his illustrious career and his experience and wisdom regarding the importance of the relationships he's developed with his clients and the design community. Bernardo also offers insight into what clients want now and the direction of interior design today. Next, design partners Paul L’Esperance and Dealen Cory of L’Esperance Design break away from old-world mediums to reinvent classic design, using innovations in digital textile imaging and printing, which they apply to both their historic restorations and futuristic designs.
54 minutes | Sep 4, 2014
Demitri and his guests explore the design ideas that transform a party into a spectacular Hollywood-style event. Lifestyle designer Troy Williams of Simply Troy shares how he collaborates with designers and clients to help realize their vision for a personalized special event and explains how he makes a not-so-simple job seem easy. Next, Eric Buterbaugh -- celebrity floral designer and official florist for the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills -- shares his more is more philosophy when it comes to the extraordinary quality and quantity of his beautiful trademark arrangements.
54 minutes | Aug 28, 2014
Work of Art
Demitri and his guest artists discuss the transition from their creative youths to mainstream day jobbers and then ultimately to becoming master painters. Following many years of studying cartography and an on-going interest in architecture, design and landscape, fine artist Chase Langford traces the influences and sensibilities that translate into the visual rhythms of his geographic compositions. Chase inspires us with his expressive ideas, which through experimentation, are manifested in his compelling paintings. Next, fine artist Alexander Koleszar shares challenging life experiences mirrored in his paintings, which illustrate a deeply personal metamorphosis. Alexander examines how he integrates his world and ideas into beautiful, thought-provoking and sometimes controversial works of art
56 minutes | Aug 21, 2014
Demitri and his guests discuss high design. Daughter of legendary designer Phyllis Morris and creative head of the firm that bears her mother's name, guest Jamie Adler shares the legacy, development and a vision for the future of one of the most fashion-forward and unique interior design and furniture manufacturers in the world. Next, multi-award winning LA-based interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard first gives us a glimpse beyond the notoriety of his exquisite interiors and into his early years as an aspiring designer. Later we take a look at what inspires Martyn's glamorous world and dramatic spaces, which have earned him the respect of his A-list clientele as well as international acclaim.
55 minutes | Aug 14, 2014
Let there be lighting
Demitri and his guests discuss the art of lighting. Owner of JERRYSTYLE lighting studio and Interior Designer, Jerry Van Deelen shares his signature lighting design philosophy and pioneering work in developing the “Ancient/Modern” look. And Neon Archeologist and Museum of Neon Art board member Eric Evavold inspires us with his interest in neon signs and his work with photographer Tom Zimmerman on their collaboration called “Neon Noir”.
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