With more than 40 books to his name and an unrivalled enthusiasm for design, Stephen Crafti is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to Australian and international architecture. 

Where it all began – High Fashion

Although formally trained in Town Planning, Stephen’s passion has always been design. In the 1980s, he designed and manufactured high fashion knitwear under the label ‘Crafti’, supplying leading retailers in Melbourne and Sydney (Georges of Melbourne, Masons, Robby Ingham Sydney and Saba, to name a few).

Obsession Transition – the Built Environment

When he purchased a significant Modernist 1950s residence in Melbourne’s North Balwyn in 1991 (designed by Montgomery King & Trengove), Stephen’s design fascination shifted to the built environment. While he studied the history of his own home, Stephen began writing about post-war (post-1945) architecture. With his interest and knowledge in the subject broadening, Stephen was soon penning features about all forms of contemporary design. In the last three decades, he has submitted thousands of articles covering architecture, furniture, fashion and the decorative arts to an impressive range of publications.

Design Tours, Books and Editorial

Today Stephen shares his expertise and passion in carefully curated design tours in Melbourne, Sydney and abroad. He continues to write architectural books, and regularly contributes editorial to a number of Australian newspapers. Stephen’s features are frequently published in a range of local and international magazines, and he produces a fortnightly podcast (Talking Design) with RMIT University.



 Stephen leads regular tours in Melbourne, Sydney and abroad, sharing his favourite architectural delights (including his own award-winning home) with a generous dose of design inspiration. 


Stephen’s obsession with architecture and design is well-documented in dozens of published books. Discover his suite of home-inspired editions here.


Architecture, furniture, fashion and the decorative arts are Stephen’s favourite topics, and he regularly contributes to a wide range of print and online publications.


Guests attending Stephen’s Melbourne tour occasionally have the pleasure of visiting his own award-winning residence. This outstanding abode was redesigned by Robert Simeoni Architects, who worked closely with Stephen to combine ground floor and first-floor apartments of the 1930s duplex into a single residence. The renovation design was acknowledged at the AIA Victorian Chapter Awards in 2019, securing two coveted awards for the Architects.