Sacred Spaces

BY Siska Lyssens / Mar 26 2017 / 15:53 PM

Interior designer Marc Peridis brings spiritual interior design into the mainstream

Sacred Spaces
Image courtesy of Marc Peridis
The Saint Martins Lofts in London, one of Marc Peridis' projects

Marc Peridis may use the words ‘temples’, ‘sacred’ and ‘love’ in abundance throughout his newsletters and on his website, but don’t let that fool you. The interior designer, who’s Canadian with Middle-Eastern roots, has a solid educational foundation and vast experience. Peridis attended Milan’s respected design school Domus Academy and spent more than six years as creative director at the London interior design agency MONTAGE, proving that any true innovator, must first study and implement the rule book if they want to be able to give it their own spin later on in his or her career. And that’s what Peridis did, after a few defining moments. “While working with Vivienne Westwood I was amazed at some of the elements she and her husband wanted to integrate into stores, such as pictures of Stonehenge, or black ceilings as a reference to the night sky,” he recalls. “Having a big client think about these things was incredible.”

Peridis’ names his practice as an interior designer ‘The Sacred Art of Transformative Spaces’, or SATS for short. It’s a design philosophy that revolves around uniting the elements of aesthetics, sustainability, spatial energy and intention to create spaces in which the personal growth of individuals is enabled. The 36-year old interior designer’s personal journey is also one of growth and a spiritual awakening. During a trip to Thailand, he found himself having a strange experience in a temple. “I started to speak languages I had never spoken, that I didn’t know,” he recounts. “I was in a trance, moving and chanting.” He told a friend who had knowledge of healing practices, and who revealed to him that his particular experience was quite common with people in shamanic circles. Intrigued, Peridis decided to dig deeper, and after a 10-day meditation retreat in Nepal, he realised he needed to leave London to focus on his newfound, deeper understanding. 
 Interior designer Marc Peridis
He traveled to Liberia, to Mongolia and stayed in Brazil for five months, meeting shamans and exploring, when he encountered Kenneth Ray Stubbs, a shaman based in Tucson, Arizona, with whom he completed his shamanic training. “I became aware that we are all composed of energy, and that we oscillate to the vibration of other people,” he explains. “In this way, we impact the people around us, we have the capability to alter people’s energy. So, why couldn’t I create spaces which have the same impact? Spaces affect us, and we affect a space. I wanted to create spaces that can shape us.”
For Peridis, the subject was a revelation, and he can talk about it at length. When he travelled around the world to visit temples, he learned that ancient sacred structures, present in all civilisations, are built – literally – on the same, universal principles. The way they are oriented towards the sun or toward the compass points. Often they are actually built on so-called “energy power spots”, Peridis states, which are scientifically proven magnetic points on the planet’s surface. “Their architecture makes use of sacred geometry, the golden ratio, alignment, and the knowledge of spatial energy.”
Peridis feels that we can use these same principles today, to restore balance in our daily lives. “But Feng Shui wasn’t enough for me!” he adds with a smile. The actual activity that Peridis undertakes can be called “space whispering”, after the popular term “horse whisperer”, meaning, someone who is able to communicate with horses. The parallels are obvious: Peridis is a shaman who is in touch with a space’s energies and who is able to influence them. 
The process consists of several steps. When a client has just purchased a home, for example, firstly the space needs to be read. To that end, Peridis uses dowsing rods and a pendulum to determine the energy fields and their polarity. This allows Marc to complete an energetic mapping of the space and find out where the blockages are. Peridis then clears the space, which means cleansing it of negative energy, by burning incense, using crystals and elements to create sounds, like Tibetan singing bowls or gongs. “This is to show people something that they can connect with,” says Peridis. “But really the science is behind the intention and the ceremony.”
Marc Peridis' Spanish home
A third step is to reprogramme the space by re-decorating it according to the principles of Feng Shui and sacred geometry, but also with attention to personal tastes. “I always ask clients to look for an image they love and resonate with,” he says. “It can be anything from a Hogarth painting to a Tim Walker photograph. Then you should pick your colour palette from there and make the right combinations. I’d advise to choose 1-2 base colours and three secondary colours.”
The use of certain types of materials also influences the feel of a space, something that also has deeper meanings in Shamanism. Stones can be organised according to a feminine or masculine polarity, with the feminine associated with the moon, relaxation and passivity, while the masculine is associated with the sun and action. “Ancient temples make lots of use of marble, which is a feminine material,” says Peridis. Granite, for example is masculine, so personal preference for one or the other will guide the interior design to be aligned with your energy. 
The Studio in Saint Martin's Lofts
When it comes to Peridis’ preferred type of project, he favours commercial spaces to work with and reprogramme. “I like to affect multiple people,” he says, which is also why he’d love to take on more hotels, apartment developments, museums and even hospitals. In London, Peridis first experiment with such a space was 19 Greek Street, his gallery in a six-storey Victorian townhouse in Soho. His mission with this beautiful space was to bring environmentally friendly pieces to the attention of a design-savvy audience and break preconceived notions of what sustainable design can mean. The objects, because of how and why they were conceived, almost automatically brought a positive energy to the space – the intention behind their creation aligned with Peridis’ ethos and attracted an audience that was open to such ideas. 
That audience seems to be growing, and the collective consciousness about ethical design is augmenting. In Sitges near Barcelona, where Peridis is currently based, there is that relaxed, open-minded vibe, which allows people to open us to his ideas. But also London has potential, where Peridis has lead workshops on his ‘Sacred Art of Transformative Spaces.’ But he’s now contemplating a move to LA, where the interior designer senses the wholesome lifestyle “with a personal trainer and personal chef could easily start to include a personal shaman, too.”