Born in Thessaloniki, Maria Kardami knew from a young age that she wanted to become an architect and interior designer. Her much-travelled early life and background – she comes from a family of civil engineers, and has a grandfather who was an architect – means that her work is informed by many cultures and design languages.
After graduating in interior design and architecture from AKTO Thessaloniki, she left for Middlesex University in London to pursue a post-graduate degree in industrial design. After her studies she went on to gain experience with well-known architects and interior designers in Thessaloniki. From 2009 – 2018 she collaborated with Maria Pavlidou Tessuti d’Arte, a luxury fabric designer specializing in homes, business and commercial premises. During that period, she also worked with furniture designers and manufacturers, and on independent design commissions ranging from offices to homes and apartments, both throughout Greece and abroad. In 2019 she founded her own practice: Maria Kardami Design Studio, at premises in the centre of Athens.