Maria Vafiadis, Founder and Managing Director at MKV Design
Maria is an established thought-leader within the hospitality design world, admired for her roll-call of beautiful and ingeniously designed projects, sought out by discerning property owners and respected for the value she brings to all her work. She is as confident in imagining large, imposing spaces as she is in creating intimate, cosy interiors; whether designing the boldly contemporary or within the classical genre, she draws on location and cultural heritage and creates something unique. An architect by training and an interior designer by choice, she combines visionary use of space with design that reaches out beyond trend, that is commercially astute, innovative and delightfully surprising.
Maria established MKV Design in London in 2000 after an early career which had taken her from Athens to Milan and onto the UK. Since then, she has cultivated a business which has worked across Europe, in the Middle East and in Africa. Current/recent projects include: the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane; The Grand Hyatt Hotel & Residences, Abu Dhabi; The Royal Savoy, Lausanne; Bürgenstock Hotel, Switzerland; Palace Hotel, Bürgenstock Resort, Switzerland; Alpine Spa, Bürgenstock Resort, Switzerland; Hotel Kempinski Corvinus, Budapest; Makedonia Palace Hotel, Thessaloniki, Greece; and Costa Navarino, Messinia, Greece, as well as a number of private residential commissions.