ELLE DECOR, NOV 2012: Every Last Detail: Alex Papachristidis’s NYC Apartment Layering bold patterns, jewel-tone colors, and exotic accents throughout his Manhattan apartment, designer Alex Papachristidis discovers that enough is never enough
By Kathleen Hackett

Alex Papachristidis loves a spectacle. The gregarious interior decorator, who grew up on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, has harbored a passion for pageantry and drama for as long as he can remember. As a child, his default playground was the grand halls of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where his mother brought him for his weekend entertainment. Her school-age son was her regular companion at the opera and the city’s foreign-film houses. “She took me to see Belle de Jour at the Paris Theatre when I was five,” he says. A production of Verdi’s Aida—seen on a trip to Italy at Verona’s Arena, the ancient amphitheater renowned for its extravagantly scaled opera performances—had the greatest impact on the young Papachristidis. “Live animals—real camels!—waltzed out onto this open-air stage,” he says. “It was the most extraordinary thing I had ever seen. I instantly became a nature and animal lover.” Click here to read more.