Cyprus-born, London-based Yiannis Stylianou only set up his interior architecture studio five years ago but he has already made his mark designing modern luxury residential spaces for private clients in the capital. Specialising in design, renovation and project co-ordination, his eclectic aesthetic combines comfort and practicality with pieces from different eras and complementary styles that sit together in surprising harmony – for instance, the line of a bespoke, brightly coloured chair might be echoed in the curve of a contemporary abstract artwork. A building’s architecture also influences every element of his interior design, from the joinery and furniture to lighting and soft furnishings, and all members of the in-house Studio Ypsilon team have an architectural background.
The aesthetic combines comfort and practicality with pieces from different eras and complementary styles that sit together in harmony
Other projects include the modernisation of an Arts & Crafts cottage in Bushey, Hertfordshire, designed by the celebrated architect Charles F.A. Voysey, and two residences in Greece, one in Mykonos, the other in Cyprus – both islands that Yiannis has a strong connection to.
But whatever the type of property, he always tries to highlight its architectural attributes, bringing in furniture with organic shapes and employing natural materials, such as stone and wood, to create refined, elevated spaces rather than a scheme that is overly glossy and ‘done’. Ultimately though, for Yiannis the most important aspect is always his relationship with the client, and ensuring that the finished design is a true reflection of their needs.