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Shisu bar Myconian Imperial Resort – The exceptional experience with the ultimate greek traditional twist!

Nothing beats the ultimate combination of a unique Greek landscape together with the authentic Japanese flavors that you can experience at the sushi restaurant “Shisu Bar” of the Myconian Imperial Resort!

The spectacular view of the Myconian Imperial Resort!

The spectacular view of the Myconian Imperial Resort!

The Shisu bar at the Myconian Imperial Resort

Responding to the needs of  the guests  can lead to the most fascinating plans! In 2012 the Myconian Imperial Resort  proceeded  with the creating of  the Japanese  restaurant “Shisu Bar”, right at the heart of the resort’s complex. The Shisu Bar at the Myconian Imperial Resort represents Continue reading

Zylo Eyewear-Handmade, wooden sunglasses made in Greece

There are times where a simple morning thought,

is enough to change everything you take for granted.

We are very proud to present you directly from the magnificent island of Syros the absolute new trend in sunglasses, the Zylo Eyewear! Yes, for those who already speak some greek ,

it’s about  sunglasses handmade by wood!

Periklis and Eleni were very kind to answer to our questions aboyt Zylo Eyewear!

#Xylo #Eyewear

Firstly, we are curious to know about the team of Zylo Eyewear. We would like to know more about your team.

Eleni answers:

Zylo eyewear is a team that was formed back in February 2012. Me, Eleni Vakondiou, and my husband Periklis Therrios were experimenting on wooden eyewear frames for almost a year. Trying to find the right way of crafting hard wood as olive tree, to form perfectly balanced frames. But this kind of lumber is very hard to work with and needs certain equipment and so, we moved to other varieties of timber later on.

During a visit to a local lazer cut workshop in Syros island, Periklis met Marios Georntamilis (designer) and started a long conversation about wooden frames. After a short period of time, Marios introduced to us, Nikos Athanasopoulos (designer) and Konstantina Gorgogianni (photographer).

So the team started to form. The three of them, are responsible for the branding of Zylo eyewear, packaging, marketing and promotion. We are not only a team, we consider ourselves first of all friends. The guys, certainly shared our dream and helped us out through several phases of the built up. From indiegogo planning & management, interviews and press kits, designing the whole image of the brand, up to photography and product placement on the market.


How did they idea of wooden framed sunglasses came up ?

Periklis answers:

It was really Eleni’s idea. The truth is that it was a morning’s thought. It was a very hard period for us back then, because of the financial crisis; and Eleni when she woke up that morning, came downstairs and said: “We are going to make wooden sunglasses!” Actually we were more than excited! We had already been crafting small everyday wooden objects for two years by that time. Excited enough and feeling creative, we had our first sample in 24 hours.The prototype convinced us. As you probably know, building up a fully functional prototype is the answer to a lot of design and manufacturing questions and hesitations. We saw that this was a great and viable idea. But then we started searching the net for similar projects and we were disappointed that we were not the first ones to think about wooden eyewear frames. But we didn’t let that affect us and stop our tries. We continued boldly, with even more passion. You see, there is a certain distance between ideation and making something. That is a distance that you need to cross in order to fully understand yourself, your capabilities and of course the primary idea behind it all. You reconsider, re-evaluate and move further on.

We felt that this idea, crafting by hand, wooden eyewear in Syros island, in the middle of theAegean sea is viable and suits us. We wanted to follow that morning thought, so bold that became the center of our everyday lifestyle and our dream. We still search and develop our frames, so that the artefact becomes even more perfect and well manufactured, even more customizable and universal. We live with these materials and we firmly believe that they need to re enter our daily lives in forms and shapes that we haven’t used them already.


Did you had any previous experience working with wood?

Periklis answers:

Yes, as we said priorly, we have been working on small household wooden items; spoons and cutlery, tabletop utensils, small furniture and even patio chairs or wooden fences for our small garden here at the island of Syros. Myself and Eleni have a great love about this material. I consider myself a craftsman and Eleni as a great creative mind though!

Why we should prefer a wooden framed sunglasses ?

Eleni answers:

The modern lifestyle and fashion trends have made everyday objects mass produced. To do so, the materials have changed and became quite unfriendly to human touch. It is not as natural as it used to be. All sunglasses are made out of resins or acetate. We wanted to bring back the natural feeling. When a Zylo frame embraces your face, you kind of feel connected to nature. You are once again one with nature. But there are more than the feeling that you have. Our frames are feather-lite, between 25gr-35gr; making them lightweight and easy to wear. We have also incorporated ergonomical features on them so that they can be worn for hours. All of our models feature a high level of base curve (the curvature of the main frame) so that the user’s sight is well covered by our polarized lenses. Finally we have another great feature. The sunglasses’ temple is also curved so that they won’t fall off or put pressure on your ears or sideburns. We managed to build an artefact through an ever -learning process. Wood has told us its secrets and taught us in its way. We learn from the material and we try to say its story as honestly as we can. That is why we do not use any chemicals or finishing products rather than beeswax and olive oil salve.

How is the project’s progress going ?

Eleni answers:

We were overfunded in our indiegogo campaign (160% in total) and by examining the metrics and all the data, we realized that we made an impact more than we expected! After our campaign.

we had doubled the orders! That made us even more grateful and ultra happy about our project. But this is also a commitment. To all of our supporters and friends out there. We want to make Zylo eyewear a viable and ever-growing brand. Not only for us and our friends and family, but for all those who support the project and our efforts.

So we are currently in a feedback phase and we manufacture sunglasses everyday. But we make future plans and organizing the next steps.

So, what comes next? Which are the plans for the future ?

Periklis answers:

Our new website is on its way. We also want to broaden up our audience towards main Europe and around the Mediterranean sea, so we have marketing plans happening these weeks. We also have plans for something bigger than these, but I will have to keep it low for now! 

Where we can buy your products ? [EDITED]

NOW you can place your orders directly from our site http://zyloeyewear.com/ or at our exclusive stores in Greece and Australia http://zyloeyewear.com/zylo-exclusive-stores .

Greek Products: brands in high demand with specially designed packaging

The international media and press promote a picture of Greece as a country full of financial and public administration problems, where nothing creative and innovative happens. However, 2011 – 2013 were three creative years for the leading Greek packaging design and manufacturing companies. Against all odds and ends, there was a noted increase of their international presence and exporting activity. See below how the Greek designers  give this missing side of the Greek picture.

k2designDesigned by k2design A8 fine fragrances line. Ready made graphic material combined in a new and unique way. The design of the boxes is complicated and maximal, the bottles in the other hand are simple and minimal.

Designed by Aris GoumpourosDesigned by Aris Goumpouros. Client: Vasiliki Company 100% supreme quality Greek Honey packaging designed for Vasiliki Company.

#Greek_brandsDesigned by Designers United Brand identity and packaging design for a new premium quality series of Greek extra virgin olive oil. 5 stands for quintessence in olive oil. Five Olive Oil has now reached a total of four worldwide awards for 2012 alone (Pentawards, Red Dot Design Awards, European Design Awards and D&AD Awards)

#Greek_productsDesigned by Dimitris Stefanidis ENOSIS “Simple Spirit! A white, classy label for a fine mastiha liqueur. The non-colour packaging inspires through simplicity, graphic weights and analogies. A touch of metallic turquoise brings everything into balance. ENOSIS in Greek means union. People under the same spirit, the same beliefs and care, gathered, inspired and created a unique spirit: the original mastiha liqueur.”

#greek_designDesigned by mousegraphics  The packaging designed for the “100% greek” extra virgin & organic olive oils awarded the red dot seal of quality in “the red dot award: communication design”, one of the largest and most internationally acclaimed design competitions.

Designed by Matadog Designed by Matadog
Client: ENIOS
Greek design company Matadog found a creative and eco-friendly solution to their latest packaging design. “We then had to design the artwork of the paper toys based on each structural and an instruction leaflet for each toy. There was a lot of artwork involved in this packaging. We had 10 different heroes/paper toys to design. Stafidenios, Stafidenia, Cat, Dog, Panda, Parrot, Penguin, Turtle, Monkey and Kangaroo had to be designed. We wanted a classic character look avoiding extreme character graphics because of the target group we were zeroing in on. Nutrition facts, net weight, ingredients etc. were researched and prepared for the next phase.” Stafidenios was showcased in ScanPack 2012 in Gothenburg / ScanPack 2012

Designed by Bob Studio
Client: Stories of Greek Origins Branding and packaging design for a family of premium Greek food products. The identity is based on illustrations that depict traditional agricultural activities from the Greek countryside. The illustrations are inspired from traditional folk art, using repetitive elements to form a pattern, adding a retro feeling, while every illustration is made using a maximum of 3 colors, by overlaying colors.


Designed by mousegraphics
Τhe briefing (in brief): “we want to emphasize with explicit directness, the honesty and fine quality of our olive oil production”. Τhe target audience: foreign clientele. People who value smartly presented quality. The design: Honest Hellenic Products-Timion is one of the most present -relevant brand identities we have developed. At a time when Greece is openly criticized for misconducts, this brand identity adopts an unusually bold approach that verges on the humorous, while claiming a specific virtue as its very own differentiating quality. The logo design makes full use of the austerity implied by the brand name: honest, trustworthy, upstanding, are all properties indicated by the choice of fonts, the type of bottle, the clearly noted attributes of the product. Like an elixir, saved in modest, carefully measured proportions, the extra virgin olive oil of the laconian land travels abroad as a fine and well kept secret of the old but not lost Greek tradition.

Designed by Speiron  Designed by Speiron 
Lambda, the world’s first ultra premium couture olive oil is estimated as the most expensive cooking oils on shelf. And latest news is that it can now be picked from Harrods, London. Touted to be a must for any style-conscious cook, Lambda is also known as the Rolls Royce of olive oils. Now that explains the grandeur of this cooking oil. Most of the Londoners are cribbing about crashed economy but connoisseurs with the most refined palettes there can rejoice as Lambda is now at their doorstep. This royal oil from the Kritsa region of Crete, boasts extremely low acidity, intense fruity notes and an unforgettable aftertaste. It is hand extracted and cold pressed from Koroneiki olives, from a region known for its extremely rich soil. Shipped in a stylish bottle, the packaging is also at par with its expensive title. You can also buy this perfect olive oil from Speiron. Deliver a punch to your palette for a heavy price!
Lambda can be bought for about $50 US per bottle (minimum order of 2) or $200 US for a bottle of Lambda in the signature gift box.

Designed by Garamond design Designed by Garamond design  “Small Family Farms” – Fresh Greek Milk by Delta. Impressive packaging based on typographic labels, using a “handwritten like” typeface. The bottles are numbered.
Designer head for the packaging design “Delta small family farms” in Garamond design. In 2012 was awarded the Bronze price of the Ermis Awards.

Designed by mousegraphics Designed by mousegraphics
Τhe briefing (in brief): ‘we want our high quality products to become the preferred choice for beauty concious women’. Τhe target audience: women who are well informed and prefer not to spend on highly advertised products. The design: what we needed to convey through the identity and packaging design of this range of products was trust and intimacy. It targets women within the very environment of beauty care and we decided to make this environment part of the design concept. Youth Lab is, by language and symbol choice, a straightforward reference to a personal laboratory, a place where each individual is treated specially and with the proper, tested materials. The retro futuristic character of the lab tube and the thin, elongated type font speaks of scientific seriousness, while the choice of fluorescent colors on rough carton paper, suggests calculated boldness and personality. The result is a product that is familiar but not boring, trustworthy but also linked with research and experimentation.

Designed by mousegraphics Designed by mousegraphics
Awesome packaging – Food Wealthfood products from the Greek land.

Designed by Beetroot Design Group 
Kalathaki. We used the shape of an ancient handwriting stele, found on the island of Lemnos, for the form (logo) containing the name Dabizas. Our aim was to emphasize tradition and locality of the product since it can be only produced within the island of Lemnos. The typography is custom made and based on the letters that are engraved in the same ancient stele. Furthermore, spiral lines refer to ancient images (labyrinth) and to the imprints, as well, that production process leaves on the cheese.

Designed by mousegraphics Designed by mousegraphics
Draculi coffee ‘ε’ for ‘ελληνικός’ (hellinikos / greek) Draculi coffee product line of 3 skus, ground coffee in bags. The briefing (in brief): “we find ourselves within a huge coffee market in greece, but we are competing against a ‘duopoly’ of two major players who dominate this type of coffee segment. We want a packaging which will successfully place us in this territory, while retaining key category elements.”

The target audience: somewhat younger ages, people ‘revisiting’ greek coffee, not as their parents or grandparents cupper, but more of their own new greek style. The design: we opted for the obvious: An appetizing coffee cup (… yes, there is a measure of ‘appetite’ in Greek coffee), a simple black pack to imply full taste and the use of Greek alphabet letters as initials for each coffee type: ‘ε’ for ‘ελληνικός’ (hellinikos / greek), ‘β’ for ‘βαρύς’ (varys / strong), ‘σ’ for ‘σμυρναίικος’ (smyrneikos / coming from Smyrna). Rich brown velvet texture, traces of boiling bubbles for freshness and a deep black background for the millennia of Greek tradition in writing: one can even get the aroma and the taste of pleasure.

Designed by mousegraphics

Designed by mousegraphics
Ouzo Zarbanis, one of the most well known names in the alcoholic drinks market; this pack’s intention was to revisit traditionally used visual cues of the category, without loosing overall understanding. Hence the product name is redesigned in form and feel.
Greek-ness as provenance is reflected into two elements: Greece’s (almost trademark) colour – cyan for the blue skies; the visual of a miniature church (seen through the glass and the clear liquid inside), reminiscent of the miniatures sold ‘Greek Style’ in small touristic shops.

Designed by G Design Studio Designed by G Design Studio 
Geographical is a new brand that markets a selection of specialty foods made in Greece and exported mainly to the US and Europe. The products are local from small artisanal producers. The look and feel is inspired by Greece’s rough terrain. The launch product is a 100% pure, small batch, high density Greek Honey. A series of products, for the new traditionalists, will be produced in the next couple of months. The tagline reads: A World of Mouth .

Designed by Chris Trivizas

Designed by Chris Trivizas 
Stunning Cultured Package Design Greek – 4 tetrology symbols (water, earth, air, fire) “The Markogianni winery is located in Skilountia of ancient Olympia, in Peloponnese. As the project referred to the creation of labels for four products of the winery (white, rose and red wine and aged ‘tsipouro’), our goal was to create a tetralogy with a common visual identity, a clear vision and strong differentiation from the competition.
Inspiration for the labels came from the four elements of nature (water, earth, air and fire), also inextricably linked with the creation of these spirits. The color of the wines led to the choice of the corresponding symbols, while the high concentration of alcohol in the ‘tsipouro’, led to the assignment of the symbol of fire.”

Moria Elea brand is offering two different products: Moria Elea Deluxe and Moria Elea Monovarietal. Each product is targeting on a specific target group in order to cover different needs. We decided to develop an innovative packaging design by using superior quality raw materials. The creative agency Sereal designers designed the artwork by highlighting the concept of “descending from the first olive tree” inspired by the Greek mythology.

Design by Beetroot

Design by Beetroot  
TRATA on ice. The tail of the fish is one of the main visual elements that were used on these frozen seafood packaging series. It was used both on the design of the logo and the structure of the packages. It is a very strong element of the brand since it makes the products recognizable from any view angle. The black background, the subtle typography and the seafood illustrations were used in order to underline the quality of the product and to give a delicatessen feeling. You can actually see the product through the holes on the illustrations that highlight the part of the seafood that is included inside the package.

Designed by Mouse Graphics Designed by mousegraphics Kefalonia fisheries organic sea bass
The briefing (in brief): “ours is the first established fishery in Greece. We need to stress this tradition within a contemporary context. We need a new logo and the packaging to support our bio character and care for our product. We are old in the business but young in ideas, family of collaborators.” The target audience: consumer, middle and upper-class foodies. Those who can appreciate family care and quality in the food market. The design:a logo, inspired by old porcelain foodwear, crowns the image of a real fish of sparkling freshness. A hint of a clear sea water, the color splash of fresh lemon slice and a wiff of parsley complete a visual haiku about the value of a modern traditional producer. Every application we designed in extension of this base idea, (printed, exhibition material e.t.c.) applies the same honest-chic criteria. A fish can be ‘raised’ in a family and ‘offered’ to the consumer as a gesture of warm hospitality.

Designed by Mouse Graphics

Designed by mousegraphics
Client: Ariston vegetable oils for cooking
Redesigning a Greek classic. Ariston has produced products since 1903 for the Greek public. Because their market share has fallen Ariston got in-contact with the Greek design agency Mouse Graphics to redesign their Vegetable oil range. The packaging design kept its iconic Greek character who wears the typical folk costume Foustanella/Tsolias. For the rest of the packaging a cleaner, modern and more structured design got chooses which doesn’t ignore it’s past. via packaging of the world.

Designed by mousegraphics “Hatziyiannakis is the ‘top of mind’ dragee manufacturer in Greece with a history of 60 years in the (Greek) market. Aiming to promote their products in the European market, the company assigned us with the re-design of their corporate identity as well as the packaging for a brand new product range, the ‘pebbles’: round candy with a core of juicy fruit or nuts & bitter chocolate covered with a thin sugar coating.

Designed by Marios Karystios

Designed by Marios Karystios
All Snob Duck soaps (http://www.snobduck.com) are 100% handmade & hand packaged using recycled paper. Made of extra virgin olive oil, greek herbs, fruits, honey & lots of love. Made using the cold process. Weight varies from duck to duck. It’s nature. Available in limited quantities.

Designed by Athanasios Babalis

Designed by Athanasios Babalis (Technological Educational Institute of Larisa)
This reusable gift box designed for Greek vinyard Ktima Gerovassiliou SA out of oak plywood.

Designed by Bob Studio

Designed by Bob Studio Brand’s identity design, including logo, stationery, website and a series of packaging for a refreshment company (www.florinas-fiona.gr)

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6 Traditional Guest Houses & Hotels to enjoy Greek Easter

Inside church

Greek Easter is one of the most beautifull seasons in Greece. In the heart of the Spring, while the Greek nature is blooming and the landscapes are full of colors, gentle warming sunshines, family gatherings and rich of traditional culture, Greek Easter is the best time to visit Greece. Either to meet for the first time with the little mountain villages either to feel the first sea breeze, Greek nature is welcoming everyone offering a unique experience of the Greek living tradition.

Religious or not, during the Holy Week you will have the chance to meet with spiritual customs, feel the mystic smells, calmness and silence of the season heading to a fest tasting traditional delicacies and taking part to funny customs, in big family gatherings.

It is well-known that Greece’s major industry is tourism. That means that the country is spread with hotels and guest houses almost in every spot! We managed to shorten the list to 6 hotels and guest houses matching the criteria of a Greek spring break. Family alternative holidays, close to agriculture, mountain sports and activities but at the same time, Greek traditional style, classy and refined hospitality.

Aegean Sea | Patmos Isl.

 In 1999, the island’s historic center Chora, along with the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse, were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.[ src.wikipedia]

Petra Villa in Chora

Located in the heart of the truly beautiful settlement  of Chora, one of the most picturesque villages of the  Aegean and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Petra Villa is within an ideal -minute walk from Chora’s main square and within a 3-minute walk from one of the Chora entrances, where cars are allowed. Visit the official website of Petra Villa .

Archontariki of Patmos

Wisdom, Joy, Love, Hope, Faith are the priceless values of life and the names of the suites of Archontariki. Five suits along with their courtyards, arches, bougainvillea and jasmin behind the blue door of the mansion. You will find also the “Spitaki” ( “small house” in Greek ), a small and independent guest house while keeping the local architecture motive. Visit the official website .

Central Greece | Arachova

Arachova [ 160klm from Athens, by  the Greek National Road 48 ]  is a touristic attraction because of the proximity to popular Delphi but was developed in the late 20th century with a ski resort.The traditions and popular activities are maintained and are celebrated by the inhabitants. Traditional dances, the reviving of the fight of Arachova against the Turks as well as products  like the traditional cheese included Formaella (which is sold only in Arachova) and Tsipouro (a grappa like liquor). [src.wikipedia ]

Iresioni Guest House

At the Mount of Parnassos near the archaeological site of Delphi there is a newly built guest house called Iresioni. The greater area of Arachova is famous for the Greek Easter feast and the traditional taverna’s with local delicacies, along with the Parnassos Ski Resort.

Central Greece | Amfiklia

Kiriaki Hotel & Studios

“Kiriaki” means Sunday in Greek, living in Kiriaki Hotel & Studios is like having the most relaxing and rejuvenating Sundays of your time! Offering the ideal combination of  a mountain decoration refined with a classy styling, enhanced by  an amazing background view of the village Amfiklia and the sparkling waters of a clear blue pool. Additionally, an other reason to choose  the Kiriaki Hotel & Studios is that you will taste the Greek traditional Breakfast, as the hotel has assigned to the “Greek breakfast” certification by the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels.

Peloponnese | Arkadia

Arkadia takes its name from the mythological character Arcas. In Greek mythology, it was the home of the god Pan. In European Renaissance arts, Arcadia was celebrated as an unspoiled, harmonious wilderness. After 360 years of occupation by the Ottomans, Arcadia was one of the centres of the Greek War of Independence which saw victories in their battles including one in Tripoli.Today Arkadia  combines  a ski resort on Mount Mainalo and excellent agriculture, especially olive groves.[src.wikipedia ]

Papanikola Guest House

At the heart of the Peloponnese, in one of the most authentic traditional places in Greece, Arkadia, the road will take you to the Papanikola Guest house. Visiting the Papanikola, you will be able to enjoy seasons somewhere in between the time. Amazing views of the mountains, traditional decoration with Greek handmade traditional linen and breakfast, while you will rejuvenate yourself with activities like mountain hiking or even Pilates and Yoga sessions by Konstantinos Charantiniotis.

Epiros | Arta

Arta is known for the medieval bridge over the Arachthos River, for its ancient sites from the era of Pyrrhus of Epirus and its well-preserved 13th-century castle, its many Byzantine churches; perhaps the best known is the Panagia Paregoretissa (Mother of God the Consoling), built about 1290 by Despot Nikephoros I Komnenos Doukas. The city is also the seat of the Technological Educational Institute of Epirus.[ src.wikipedia]

Nisista Guest House

Hiking, mountain bike, horse riding, Kayak, Para-pente, are some of the activities you can enjoy at the greater area arround the Nisista Guest house  which is located  right in the spot of “imposing mountains covered in spruces, fertile plains, roaring rivers and lagoons with important ecosystems.” [ Visit Greece ]. Additionally, in this Guest house you will enjoy the aura of the mountain’s tradition along with the high quality and original hospitality.


Vasilikia Mountain Farm

Vasilikia Mounain Farm


This idyllic mountain retreat is located at an altitude of 990 m. outside the picturesque traditional village of Pavliani. The village itself, which marks the entrance to Oiti National Park, is divided into two parts, Ano (upper) and Kato (lower), separated by a distance of 2 km. The working farm is a truly unique year-round getaway, within easy reach of Mt. Parnassos’ two ski centres, the marvellous beach at Asproneri and of course the UNESCO World Heritage-listed archaeological site of Delphi. The perfect base for exploration, discovery and outdoor activities in a pristine alpine landscape of outstanding natural beauty, the farm is easily accessed by road from Athens (about 2½ hours) or by train.

Favorites of the venue:

  A cute donkey presently occupies the stable, soon to be joined by a horse. Other features include a wooden observation tower with telescope, a small chapel and fresh mountain water from a natural spring.

 In addition to sheep and goats, there are ducks, pheasants and turkeys, as well as geese wandering freely.

  A greenhouse and vegetable plot provide organically grown tomatoes, potatoes, corn, etc., while dozens of fruit trees offer quinces, apples, plums, mirabelles and cherries. Apart from the owner himself, who spends most of his time on the farm, there is also a friendly couple ready to provide any assistance around the clock.  Explore the Vasilikia Mountain Farm starting here

“Crisis” is a Greek word


Ahylo studio
Bob studio
Chris Trivizas
Designers United
Dolphins // communication design 
Espresso Studio
Fotis Pehlivanidis
K2 Design
KEIK Design Bureau
Maria Lila Karydi
Nikos Tsoutis
Polka Dot
Sakis Stritsidis
Sereal designers
Somethink creative group
Sophia Georgopoulou
The Comeback
together design
Tsevis visual design
Vaggelis Kassavetis
Yiannis Fetanis
zaz design

 «Crisis is a Greek word» is the title of the Greek Designers global initiative to describe Greece in the times of Crisis. The ongoing depression that affects more countries everyday has inspired 47 Top Greek visual communication Designers, with more than 1,240 international and national distinctions, to participate for the first time at a common exhibition, its sole aim being to convey a message of creativity to the World.


Kontaki Design


Producing Greek Design

Born and raised in Athens, Spiros Kontakis was involved with music and sound in his early professional years. After spending a few years in London where he worked as a session guitarist he returned to his greatest love, Design which he studied (painting and furniture design) and so he started over again.

Music was my first contact with Art and for a very long time I spent working on music professionally, but it turned out that Design was what I really wanted to get involved. So I started redesigning my life as I started designing objects and furniture” he confesses.


Spiros Kontakis describing his creations: “Personality becomes the distinctive feature of my design so that objects are considered as work of Art while at the same time they hold their practical function.”

Kontaki Design Teaser (2011) from Spiros Kontakis on Vimeo.

First recognized in France.

Within a Design presentation at the Royal Monceau in Paris the quality and aesthetics of his creations gained the attention of the public; where the true enthusiasm came through and his genuine creativity and ideal production was born in a very difficult time in Greece.

Moreover, Spyros Kontakis has been selected to be one of the artists of 2012 who took part at the annual Charity event in Monaco, the FightAidsMonaco.

Tea Cutlery “conical” from Spiros Kontakis on VimeoHollywood stars posed with the Conical Tea Cutlery to be photographed at Royal Monceau in Paris . The Conical Tea Cutlery is included in the annual catalogue of FightAidsMonaco-2012.

design plaza

Presence in Design Plaza

His first collection is hosted in Greece,  in Design Plaza, a unique trade center with selected creations from world famous designers. “I owe my presence at Design Plaza to the trust of Mr.Danias, owner of Design Plaza” he explains in his notable modesty.

design plaza

Mr Danias is an established professional and pioneer in the field of Design in Greece who has even created a museum for the Design of the 20th century showing –for the first time in Greece- pieces of Art and creations of internationally recognized architects and designers.

We asked Mr.Danias  about his collaboration with Spyros Kontakis in Greece…:

Mr Danias this year a new program has started to run presenting Greek Designers, we would like to describe the reasons for this decision, as well as the selection of Kontaki Design, to be hosted entirely at Design Plaza.

This is not the first time we are presenting creations of Greek Designers and furniture production. We have interest in every effort of Greek Design production and we have occasionally promoted their sales through Design Plaza. It is however the first time showing a full collection itself in a hall enabling the visitor to have a complete picture. Spyros Kontakis delivers with the issue of design and producing his creations, so we have a Design collection where the creator is also  “the” producer. The whole production process is crucial in Applied Design  since  we all have ideas. The potential of a project is assessed in execution followed by the sales which define the success. We give the opportunity to the user to meet with the creator. This is not always easy because it requires “maturity” and through the process of presenting and marketing of a complete piece of furniture the purchase  is decided. However, today this becomes much harder because of the recession.

However when someone is able to set in motion an “opportunity” this is, what definitely should do.We have quite large facilities and showrooms, where customers with interest in buying exceptional Design creations can choose after a very careful consideration and a visual assessment of the great Design creations located here. Our customers are well educated, well traveled and have visited contemporary art museums worldwide so they choose furniture and objects that have a story to tell.

— You come into daily contact with visitors of the museum and of the commercial department of Design Plaza… how do they evaluate the creation of the new department and the collection ?

Visitors, to their surprise,  see a dedicated venue to a Greek Designer’s meaningful creations. Until now Greek furniture manufacturers were promoted as a cheap solution to the recession, we could say that they were almost embarrassed to label it as “Greek furniture”. Well, in this collection the opposite is achieved and these are exactly the impressions we receive.

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GreekArchitects.gr- Students Projects2012 – Art School” of Chalkida

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Articles – STUDENTS PROJECTS – DESIGN PROJECTS – PROJECTS2012 – Art School” of Chalkida.

Students: Giokari Katerina, Gkiola Dora
Supervisor: S. Tsiraki
Advisors: N. Belavilas, P. Vasilatos
School of Architecture NTUA
Date of presentation:29 March 2012

Articles - STUDENTS PROJECTS - DESIGN PROJECTS - PROJECTS2012 - Art School” of Chalkida

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WORKSHOP SWEET XArchitecture @ The New Benaki Museum

Omni[progra]chromatic | Summer 2012 | Athens, Greece


110812_WINTER-POSTERX|A is organizing an international workshop of Advanced Architectural Design, part of an ongoing academic research, which introduces participants into contemporary discussions of formal exploration in Architecture and Art, through technical attainment of design and production. The Omni(progra)chromatic by X|A is under the auspices of Benaki Museum, the Hellenic Institute of Architecture and the Athens School of fine Arts. It is an opportunity for architects, students of Architecture and Art, professionals designers and artists.
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Myconian Villas Collection

A dynamically growing group indicates the road to a new era, investing continuously in the largest industry of  the country , the Tourism.
The group Myconian Collection consists of family members and beyond the friendly environment that anyone can enjoy on site, it is easy to notice the positive effects of a united and well-organized team. Definitely, this works as an advantage for the Myconian Collection, leading to a successful route.
Myconian Collection

Myconian Collection





History: The founder Mr. George P. Daktylides, a pioneer in the hospitality industry of the island, built the first hotel near the center of Mykonos town, a superior 3-star hotel, called Kohili back in 1979. A year later he opened his second hotel, Korali, located right next to Kohili. Nowadays, four charming and affordable 3* hotels in Mykonos form Myconian K-Hotels. The following years, Mr George P. Daktylides and his family keep investing on the island by constructing  the Myconian Ambassador, a deluxe resort on the sandy beach of Platis Yialos, the Myconian Collection Hotels & Resorts, one of the first established group of hotels in Mykonos,  the Myconian Imperial Thalasso Spa and Royal Myconian Thalasso Spa, first class beach resorts, recognized by the Leading Hotels of the World, located at Elia beach.  
Today: Eventually, the Daktylides brothers undertook the management of the hotels, following their father’s dream for state-of-the-art hospitality, developing today one of the most active and creative team in the tourism industry of the country, as they never stopped investing on the island and take advantage of the power provided by the Greek nature.
The power of Greek nature

The power of Greek nature

view of the site-pool near the Aegean blue

Pool near the Aegean blue

The latest investment of the Myconian Collection is the Myconian Villa Collection, a range of villas specially designed for those who desire to enjoy high quality hospitality and privacy at the same time. Choices vary starting with the Elegant Villa Experience of 1-3 bedrooms [ plus 40m² living-room, 3×6 infinity pool and 60m² outdoor space], ending with the Grand Villa Elia, the largest villa in Greece.
Breath-taking view together with ultimate comfort and conveniences of modern living such as, the Rejuvenation Spa, Thalassotherapy, facial & body care, massages, color hydrobath, Pantai treatments, Kraxen stove, and Spa packages are provided as well in all the Myconian Villa Collection.


The Grand Villa Elia

The Grand Villa Elia comprises of 25 superb rooms for up to 85 guests making it the ideal choice for unique and memorable events. Large thalasso infinity pools, private restaurant and pool bar, 24h Villa Host with a team of valets and private chef, ergonomically designed furniture and an astonishing panoramic view of the Aegean Sea, The Grand Villa Elia is rightfully considered The Largest Villa in Greece.
Ideally situated on its own secluded part of the famous Elia Beach in Mykonos and inspired by the blue of the Mediterranean Sea, the property represents a real landmark of Mykonos.You can see all the Myconian Collection here

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Arsakeio of Tirana-Greek-Albanian School

Filekpedeutiki Eteria | Arsakeio of Tirana, Greek-Albanian School

Demetrios Issaias – Tassis Papaioannou

The Arsakeio Greek Albanian School campus at the south of Tirana includes various educational buildings, a theatre, athletic facilities etc. The Elementary School, which is the first unit of the complex that was built, is composed around an atrium. Following the inclination of the ground, the atrium forms an open air space and arranges the overall circulation. The unit’s eight classes are accompanied by their own open air space overlooking the outer sides of the building. The atrium is completed by two-level unit of laboratories and the public spaces. ( Award 2010 for “Architecture Beyond Borders” SADAS –PEA). www.issaias-papaioannou.gr


Team Architects Odysseas Kontovourkis, Vassilis Panagiotopoulos, Stelios Papadimitriou, Afroditi Papadoperaki, Silia Pavlou.
Structural Engineer P.Pagkalos-A.Papathanasiou and Associates
Project Manager George Gougas and Associates
Image credits Courtesy of Tassos Abatzis & Silia Rantou
Location Elbasan-Tirana National Road, Tirana,Albania
Design date 1998-2000 Completition date 2007


A collection of illustrations full of colors and shapes,

revealing social messages  about

life, love, democracy, freedom of speech and art!

Jnk2007 writes in colors and in music as well,

maybe that’s the reason he keeps saying


-What “Art” means to you?

Art for me is actually my Voice,  the spirit’s need to express.

Art is what makes us Human beings, it’s the Civilization itself.

– Which is your favorite subject to work with?

My favorite subject is world. It’s Humanity in our days.

– If Greece was your subject it would be color or music?

If Greece was my subject to work on, I would definitely work in color

and music as well! Even those two wouldn’t be enough

for me to describe Greece.

– Which you consider as the most creative moment you had so far?

The most creative moment was and still is everytime

I am overwhelmed by feelings and emotions, bad or good doesn’t matter.

You can see the full portfolio of Jnk2007  here .

Hellenic Plasterwork

Hellenic Plasterwork was founded in 1965 as a family-run company. Today carrying a 40-plus-year experience in the field of Construction and Architecture has managed to get discernible for their credibility, conseguence and artistry for perfection.The experience is based in traditional materials like plaster and cement but they also follow closely the innovation of the field , using widely contemporary materials like GRC .

Many hotels in Greece and Cyprus hold the sign in their plaster and cement decoration of Hellenic Plasterwork.

A few of them to name, like



find Hellenic Plasterwork on Facebook here

Today , Hellenic Plasterwork is heading forward for new developing markets in architectural constructions , like in Russia, Romania,  Austria etc.

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