he did a stint in retail, selling furniture at Roche Bobois, then went
on to work for Tradewinds, one of Boston’s oldest and most venerable
design firms, and another acclaimed Boston interior designer, the late
Judith C. Ross.
“It was a great experience working with her. She was so architecturally minded. I did everything, including door schedules and plumbing schedules. Things that would really help me when I started my
own business [in the late 1980s]. Dick [FitzGerald] actually passed
my first client on to me. I got lots of referrals. Then my own house got
published in Traditional Home and House & Garden named me
one of its ‘new tastemakers.’ ”
over the years, Christofi has given back to the community, working
with organizations such as the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts and the Grass Roots Gay Rights Fund in the early 1990s. Later,
he worked with the Community Research Initiative of New England
and others to help bring the Design Industries Foundation Fighting
AIDS “Dining by Design” fundraiser to the Boston Design Center in
2007 and 2008. His dynamic table ensembles were among the most
memorable in the shows and reflected his evolving design style.
mark christofi in the backyard of the Reading, Massachusetts, home he
shares with Fred, his black Labrador retriever, and where he runs his interior
design firm, Christofi Interiors.