14 Facts About Basil Ionides


Basil Ionides was a British architect who published two best-selling books, Colour and Interior Decoration and Colour in Everyday Rooms.

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Basil Ionides is best known for his 1929 interior design of the rebuilt Savoy Theatre in London.

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The Basil Ionides were one a wealthy trading families originally from Chios, part of the wider Anglo-Greek community.

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Basil Ionides served his apprenticeship with Alexander Nisbet Paterson, during which he designed his first building, the double villa in Winton Drive, when he was only 18.

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Basil Ionides entered independent practice in 1908 and designed a number of English houses.

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Basil Ionides relinquished the commission preferring to serve as an ordinary seaman, as he did not like giving orders to more experienced men.

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Basil Ionides was injured in 1917 and returned to private practice, particularly performing interior work.

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Basil Ionides married the Honourable Nellie Samuel, the widow of Walter Henry Levy, daughter of the 1st Viscount Bearsted, in 1930 after meeting her while he was decorating her residence in Berkeley Square.

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Basil Ionides was an expert in Oriental porcelain and collected art works, many of which were donated to the Municipal Borough of Twickenham, later to become the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

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Basil Ionides was best known as the architect for the rebuilding of the Savoy Theatre in London in 1929 and for Claridge's Restaurant.

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Basil Ionides published the important books Colour and Interior Decoration in 1926 and Colour in Everyday Rooms in 1934.

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Basil Ionides designed the interior of the ticket hall at Hounslow West tube station.

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Basil Ionides was admitted to the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1931 and was elevated to Fellow in 1938.

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Basil Ionides died in Brighton at the age of 66 and is buried in St Margaret's Church in Buxted Park.

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