Xenofon Hector Grigorelis

Professional in Building Components Design.

About Xenofon Hector Grigorelis

Grigorelis Xenofon-Hector was born in Thessaloniki where he continues to work and live, up until now. He completed his studies on interior design and he started experimenting on wood constructions. His first projects were based on design and production of pieces for commercial use as well as unique, one- of- pieces. His main goal was to combine aesthetics and workability in an interesting conjunction. After many years of experience designing, interior decorating and creating both houses and commercial shops, he decides to follow his restless needs and culture his artistic views and ideas in order to produce his own projects. He also taught at the Greek public technical school for a year, graphic design, were he challenged himself in getting close with the upcoming designers. In 2014 he decides to participate in International Design Competitions, were he is awarded with the Bronze Award in A Design Competition and with the Silver Award in 2015-2016 in Italy. The designer’s perspective is that modern personalities should adopt aesthetics, architecture and internal decoration in their everyday life. All new means of high technology such as computers and mobile phones are piece for the pictures we face every moment throughout our day. Elegance should be recognised and not be considered as inaccessible luxury. Since 2012 , he redefined his priorities as a productive designer and set new goals in the area of presenting new forms in designing and producing elegant objects of everyday’s life. The main challenge now is to make our space exquisite and impressive. He seems to be immediately recognized both from the industry as well as from the people that follow him.

  • Winner of Building Components Design Award.
  • Specialized in Building Components Design.
  • 4 Featured Original Designs.
  • Highly Creative, Diligent and Innovative.
  • All Designs
  • Building Components
  • Furniture Accessory
  • Furniture
No Way Out Radiator

No Way Out Radiator

Building Components Design

Square Door Handle

Square Door Handle

Furniture Accessory Design

Asa Sideboard

Asa Sideboard

Furniture Design

Sketchy  Table

Sketchy Table

Furniture Design


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Interview with Xenofon Hector Grigorelis

What is "design" for you?
Design is found in all aspects of everyday life and that is why the designer tries to improve it, by creating functional yet aesthetic objects.
What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
I like working primarily with wood, often combining it with other materials such as marble, metal and leather. Lately I experiment with more indistinct shapes which demand new technologies in terms of design and construction.
What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
During the process of creation, which includes various stages until the completion of the project, feelings develop, alternate, become independent in the end as if they have a substance of their own. Happiness, agony, disappointment, stress all mix together. What truly remains in the end though is the satisfaction derived by the creativity itself.
What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
I feel satisfied when I see my efforts recognized and appreciated.
What makes a design successful?
It’s hard to put it into words. It is something you feel, a sense of appreciation, satisfaction and completeness.
From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
Designers, being open-minded and full with new ideas, should try to provide society with modern, innovative, and aesthetically perfect solutions in order to improve and facilitate our everyday life. All this should be done with a view to creating a better environment for future generations.
Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
I often get inspired by observing everyday life as well as analyzing different approaches of things. Some things need to mature in order to develop into shape and form. You have to receive the appropriate stimuli in order to put your ideas in the right place. Past, present, travelling all constitute means of inspirations which help you be more creative.
Could you please share some pearls of wisdom for young designers? What are your suggestions to young, up and coming designers?
They need to develop qualities such as determination, patience, perseverance, attention to detail, perfectionism, open-mindedness to name a few. In addition, they should not be afraid to pursue their dreams.
From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
I have always admired various art forms ever since I was a child. The best thing about being a designer is the immense sense of freedom you get in discovering new paths of expression. On the downside, people often fail to realize the effort and difficulty of the designing process, thus assigning less value to the outcome. So, the designer’s work is often not appreciated enough. However, this should not inhibit the creative work.
What is your "golden rule" in design?
I strongly believe that for every problem there is a solution. Also, any object could find its righteous place within space.
How long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
There are no time limitations. It really depends on the project and often inspiration. It could last a day, a week, even months. Sometimes you could abandon an idea for years and suddenly you accidentally come across it, you start working on it again and it is ready! This is, after all, the beauty of designing…
What are your future plans? What is next for you?
One of my future aspirations would be designing a church of modern, yet imposing construction suitable to express the uniqueness of each religion.
Do you work as a team, or do you develop your designs yourself?
It depends on the project and its complexity. I usually work alone in the development of ideas and designs. However, on several occasions, I work either as a team member by dealing with specific aspects of a project, or I delegate responsibilities to others.
How can people contact you?
People can visit my website: www.grigorelis.gr, or contact me by e-mail: grigorelisxektoras@gmail.com

Extended Interview with Xenofon Hector Grigorelis

Did you choose to become a designer, or you were forced to become one?
Design is found in all aspects of everyday life and that is why the designer tries to improve it, by creating functional yet aesthetic objects.
What makes a good design a really good design, how do you evaluate good design?
I like working primarily with wood, often combining it with other materials such as marble, metal and leather. Lately I experiment with more indistinct shapes which demand new technologies in terms of design and construction.
What is the dream project you haven’t yet had time to realize?
During the process of creation, which includes various stages until the completion of the project, feelings develop, alternate, become independent in the end as if they have a substance of their own. Happiness, agony, disappointment, stress all mix together. What truly remains in the end though is the satisfaction derived by the creativity itself.
What is your secret recipe of success in design, what is your secret ingredient?
I feel satisfied when I see my efforts recognized and appreciated.
Who are some other design masters and legends you get inspired from?
It’s hard to put it into words. It is something you feel, a sense of appreciation, satisfaction and completeness.
What is your greatest design, which aspects of that design makes you think it is great?
Designers, being open-minded and full with new ideas, should try to provide society with modern, innovative, and aesthetically perfect solutions in order to improve and facilitate our everyday life. All this should be done with a view to creating a better environment for future generations.
How do you define design, what is design for you?
I often get inspired by observing everyday life as well as analyzing different approaches of things. Some things need to mature in order to develop into shape and form. You have to receive the appropriate stimuli in order to put your ideas in the right place. Past, present, travelling all constitute means of inspirations which help you be more creative.
How does design help create a better society?
They need to develop qualities such as determination, patience, perseverance, attention to detail, perfectionism, open-mindedness to name a few. In addition, they should not be afraid to pursue their dreams.
What are you currently working on that you are especially excited about?
I have always admired various art forms ever since I was a child. The best thing about being a designer is the immense sense of freedom you get in discovering new paths of expression. On the downside, people often fail to realize the effort and difficulty of the designing process, thus assigning less value to the outcome. So, the designer’s work is often not appreciated enough. However, this should not inhibit the creative work.
Which design projects gave you the most satisfaction, why?
I strongly believe that for every problem there is a solution. Also, any object could find its righteous place within space.
When you have a new design project, where do you start?
There are no time limitations. It really depends on the project and often inspiration. It could last a day, a week, even months. Sometimes you could abandon an idea for years and suddenly you accidentally come across it, you start working on it again and it is ready! This is, after all, the beauty of designing…
What is the role of the color, materials and ambient in design?
One of my future aspirations would be designing a church of modern, yet imposing construction suitable to express the uniqueness of each religion.
What do you wish people to ask about your design?
It depends on the project and its complexity. I usually work alone in the development of ideas and designs. However, on several occasions, I work either as a team member by dealing with specific aspects of a project, or I delegate responsibilities to others.
Who is your ideal design partner? Do you believe in co-design?
People can visit my website: www.grigorelis.gr, or contact me by e-mail: grigorelisxektoras@gmail.com

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