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NYC Apartment of Alex Papachristidis

Layering bold patterns, jewel-tone colors, and exotic accents throughout his Manhattan apartment, designer Alex Papachristidis discovers that enough is never enough.

The living room includes a custom-made sectional upholstered in a Schumacher velvet and an antique armchair covered in a Claremont cotton; a Louis Philippe chair from a Paris flea market is upholstered in a Brunschwig & Fils velvet, and the wood floor is hand painted.

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In the Manhattan apartment that designer Alex Papachristidis shares with his partner, Scott Nelson, the library features a chair, stool, and custom-made sofa, all covered in a Schumacher cotton ikat, a ­custom-made cocktail table by John Rosselli Antiques, and an artwork by Rob Wynne; the étagères and carpet are by Papachristidis, the vintage foo dog is from Liz O’Brien, a lamp by Christopher Spitzmiller has a custom-made shade, and the walls are covered in a Stroheim velvet.


The walls and sofa in Nelson’s dressing room are covered in a Manuel Canovas cotton, and the light fixture is French; the antique armchair is upholstered in a Clarence House fabric, and the carpet is by Papachristidis.

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The dressing room’s cabinet is 19th-century French.

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In the living room, the custom-made sofa is upholstered in a Luigi Bevilacqua cotton, the Rococo-style ­cocktail table was found at auction, and a bamboo armchair from John Rosselli Antiques sports a cushion of a Donghia cotton; the gueridon table was a gift from Papachristidis’s mother, and the lamp is custom made.

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A chair in the living room was purchased at auction, the chest came from a Paris flea market, and the lamp was found at Christie’s; the sconce is antique, and the walls are covered in a Gracie wallpaper.


The custom-made bed in the master bedroom is upholstered in a Schumacher velvet and dressed with Matouk linens and a Roberta Roller Rabbit quilt. A glass wall sculpture by Rob Wynne hangs above a Jansen commode, the lamp is by Christopher Spitzmiller, the equestrian painting is by David Fertig, and the 19th-century mirror is from John Rosselli Antiques; the walls are covered in a Sandberg wallpaper, and the carpet was designed by Papachristidis.


The walls and ceiling of the entrance hall are sheathed in a Lee Jofa linen, the print is by Walton Ford, and the tole light fixture is vintage; the bookcase is antique and the mirror is Italian.

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A 19th-century chandelier hangs above a custom-made dining table, which is surrounded by J. Robert Scott chairs upholstered in a Fortuny cotton; the bust is by Creel and Gow, the poured-glass peace sign is by Rob Wynne, the walls are covered in a JAB wool and Houlès nailheads, and the curtains are of a Donghia cotton.

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A 19th-century Indian mirror, foo dogs, and a Delft plate from Paris sit atop an early-20th-century Chinese cabinet with a gilt base in the dining room; the doorway leads to the kitchen, which is outfitted with mirrored cabinetry.


Interior Designer: Alex Papachristidis (
Produced: Anita Sarsidi
Photography: Richard Powers

Via Elle Decor

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