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October 2007


MEET THE DESIGNER

Christopher Maya
by Alexa Stevenson

AN INTERIOR DESIGNER EMPHASIZES TIMELESS OVER TRENDY

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What's your design philosophy? Creating comfortable, welcoming environments that make clients love their homes. How would you describe your personal style? Classic, casual, unpretentious. What movement in the history of interior design are you drawn to? The Neoclassical period. It was a time of great change that resulted from a renewed interest in and study of the heritage of the ancient classical civilizations of Greece and Rome, particularly after the excavations at Pompeii. Suddenly, there was a great emphasis on form. Lines in furniture became cleaner and straighter, replacing the curves and flounces of Rococo furniture. What's exciting to you right now in the world of interior design? The careful mixing of classically based modern furniture with traditional pieces. What do you think needs to go away? Homes that look like showrooms, that lack soul.[Image]Who is your style icon? David Hicks. He was so innovative. His designs were a wonderful combination of classically based and very progressive styles. He also had an enviable talent for creating beautiful landscapes and gardens. What's the most comfortable living space you've ever been in and why? When I was in college, I spent a week or two every summer in a house in Kensington, London. It was filled with worn antique carpets and turn of the century upholstered furniture. Books were everywhere, and artwork adorned the walls. There were also wonderful arrangements of flowers throughout the house. It was one of the most visually intriguing environments I have ever been in. Is there anything about yourself that people would be surprised to know? Any secret obsessions or guilty pleasures? I have an obsession with chairs. Especially slightly quirky ones. What is your favorite material? I love working with paint, whether it is on a wall, a floor or piece of furniture. Do you have a signature? In describing my signature, the phrase "understated elegance" is often used. Describe your clients: I have been fortunate to have clients who respect and trust my ability to translate what they visualize into something real. For the most part, they are energetic, enthusiastic people who are not afraid to trust the process.

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