Eye on Design

November 6, 2014
Hosted by Demitri Christian Sgourakis

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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.

Matters of Design

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Matters of Design speaks to the creative forces in front and behind the scenes of interior design, home furnishings, textiles, lighting, art and fashion. Why DIY when you can collaborate with a designer, have more fun and get the results you never dreamed of? Host Demitri Christian Sgourakis inspires the imagination of his audience by bringing the value of design from around the world into their lives and homes as he visits with his guests, interviewing associates, business leaders and visionaries from across the design spectrum. Each week Demitri and his guests will discuss their inspirations, sources and ideas, shining light on the trends and “what’s next” in the ever-evolving world of design.

Demitri Christian Sgourakis

Demitri Sgourakis is one the most accomplished designers in Los Angeles. Born in New Jersey, he studied Interior Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, and attended their Art and Architecture program in England and their French Costume and Design school in Paris. After an apprenticeship with legendary decorator Bette Baer of Schwartz Furniture and Design, Demitri relocated to Los Angeles where he became Design Director for the international home furnishings brand Kreiss before founding his own firm, Demitri Christian Interior Design, Inc. Demitri is best known for his modern approach to an eclectic interior. His knowledge and appreciation for the past combined with an eye for fashion forward style, has resulted in fresh, yet classic, environments that come together by expertly mixing a combination of contemporary and antique furnishings. He believes a room is never really done; that it should not only reflect the client through design and things they love but also grow along with that person as they evolve. Whether designing in the neutral palates for the collections he has shepherded or in the rich color statements he creates for his private clients, Demitri's respect for timeless tradition, quality, and attention to detail is ever-present in his work. His interest and passion for history, art and design as well as an appreciation for the esthetic values across cultures inspires him to be a dynamic host of Matters of Design.

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