Siblings share an inextricable, one of a kind bond. They are close yet different, sometimes they can even read each other’s minds. Ilena & Maria Kokkou are the perfect example of this sisterly chemistry.
They took this unique connection a further step, when they joined forces to found their koku concept brand in 2011. Trust, complimentary skills and a shared creative language define this dynamic duo.
Eliminating all unnecessary or obstructive elements, the guest rooms of this lovely hotel have been designed with elegant simplicity as bright, extroverted spaces where the balcony views are the main focal point by the interior design company Studio Stones & Walls.
With an understated colour scheme of inky blues and fluted stone columns inside and an exterior covered in graffiti, new Athenian eatery Suvlaki represents modern Greek dining and is a far cry from the traditional taverna. ‘Gone are the days of bouzouki dancing and plate smashing,’ says London-based Greek interior designer Afroditi Krassa, who worked on the project. ‘Greece is currently presenting itself as one of the creative powerhouses of Europe and our interior design studio is picking up on this energy: the project is raw, witty and idiosyncratic.’ The atmosphere is laid-back, buzzy and welcoming. 21 Bateman St, London W1 (suvlaki.co.uk). source : Elle Decoration UK
Designed by Brussels-based architect Olivier Dwek, this country villa is embedded within the hillside of western Greece. named ‘House T’, The dwelling comprises a series of rooms, balconies and terraces all oriented to face Kefalonia — an island located 30 miles (48 km) from the country’s mainland. By carefully framing different views, the seascape is made even more theatrical. source : designboom
Architects Panos Dragonas and Varvara Christopoulou believe there is no longer anywhere remote enough to build a wilderness hideaway, so have instead proposed a cabin raised above the Athens rooftops.
This prompted the Greek architects to develop a new structure that allows the contemporary city dweller to escape a taxing daily routine without venturing into the wilderness.
Their proposal, named Detached, comprises a small cabin of just nine square metres. It takes the form of a typical wooden shed, but is also elevated above the city’s rooftop landscape on four slender columns. Source : http://www.dezeen.com/2015/01/09/panos-dragonas-varvara-christopoulou-city-rooftop-cabin-conceptual-parasite-forest-hut-alternative/
Launch of a new product : infusions under the name ‘Anassa’ are the brain child of Afroditi Florou and Gianna Mattheou, Greece. The method of preparation echoes the steps of a traditional tea ceremony and allows the senses to enjoy each movement, a holistic experience which promises to satisfy and soothe even before tasting the delicate aromas of this exceptional product.
Strategically located plot in the city centre that benefits from both the Greek capital’s vibrant urban life and its peaceful parks and historical ruins by the Acropolis.
Perched on a sloped site by Philopappos Hill, the house was designed for a professional couple who decided to set up base in Athens, following a lengthy stint spent working abroad.
Built around the 1890s to house a bourgeois family, the house, now known as The Dalliance House, later become a commercial space, even housing a strawberry drying operation for a while. The building has now returned to its proud original roots and intended use, once again, it is a House housing an all day restaurant, café/bar for all to enjoy.
Greek firm 314 Architecture Atudio completed the design for H3 House, a futuristic residence suspended on pillars, which seems to hover over the blue waters of the neighboring swimming pool. The detached building has a total area of 300 square meters and was constructed on a land of 7000 suqare meters in the outskirts of Athens, Greece. If the shape of this project inspires that of a boat, it is no coincidence: the architects took the challenge of building a home to reflect the owner’s passion for yachts
In a long narrow space of just 65 sq.m. in Thessaloniki, the Cafe Bar RE designed by the practice of Architecture in Concept headed by Minas Kosmidis, invites the over 40s to take a trip down memory lane and the under 40s to enjoy a taste of what they had missed in the four decades between the 1950s to the 1980s.
On an elevated site by a coastal road on the island of Rhodes in Greece, Villa F stands out as an example of striking contemporary architecture. A 2011 project by the German practice Hornung & Jacobi Architecture, this 220 sq.m. luxury holiday home owes more to the concept of traditional island architecture than immediately meets the eye.