An exultant sense of wandering awaits the customers in this Riyadh café. Diverse materials and textures are intertwined, sharing an earthy, inviting and serene color palette and an “openhearted” canvas, which almost dissolves the boundaries between the inside and outside spaces. Pao Café is a charming oasis in the city, a refuge from grey structures and the rush of modern everyday life. The gaze is allowed to travel freely, in a space where a multitude of elements come together in a subtle and elegant manner. Local white stones with reddish nuances engage in play with light-colored woods and handwoven textiles in tones of cream and sand, while an abundance of luscious greenery allows for deep breathing. The café combines local elements, hues and sensations with a Greek, and particularly Mykonian, breezy touch. A zeal for detail is evident everywhere: in the built-in sofas and hidden lighting, the handmade wicker lights and decorations and in the braided ropes that act as shades, letting the sun's rays fill the space with diffused, gentle, soothing light.
These two villas almost appear to be perched at the end of the world: a pristine, sparkling ecosphere of sea and sky. Built on a stunning, secluded beach on the Greek island of Naxos, they are uniquely situated and insulated from anything resembling civilization. Wisely and purposefully designed for ultimate privacy, the villas enjoy almost utter isolation from one another. Geographical orientation, a distinctive wooden fence and beautiful local flora seamlessly separate the properties without disrupting the landscape. The organic combination of scenery and structures is almost absolute: the materials and chosen color palette work to that effect, creating a tranquil, calming sensation, while traditional elements have been used to produce an utterly contemporary feel. Earthy notes and local materials, such as tawny Naxian stone, whitewash, wood and imposing gray concrete steps, create a dialogue with the natural habitat surrounding the villas. Closer to the earth, the villas’ ground floors are built from stone, while at the upper floors turn white, as they reach for the cloudless sky. Small Cycladic windows perfectly control and diffuse the glittering Aegean light, allowing it to fill every nook and cranny with its beauty. Wide-open, generous spaces and numerous bedrooms and bathrooms, create an inviting island cosmos for a plethora of people to enjoy this exceptional setting.
A powerful, enduring dialogue takes place between the exterior and interior spaces of this exceptional apartment in the southern Athenian suburbs. This architectural interplay ensures its residents are never kept apart from what is outside: the scents of sea and pines, the zephyr, the warming sun, the brilliant night sky and one of the most beautiful environs of the Greek capital. The inherent intelligence of the apartment’s design offers unbroken views, a constant relationship with the elements and a life lived as much outside as inside. Understated yet unmistakable luxury is seen and felt in every thought, every detail. Sleek, elongated, refined surfaces abound, allowing the eye to gently travel. Combined with unique, lavish furnishings, they provide the ultimate comfort and quality of living, and create an utterly modern feel. The residence features such amenities as an expansive walk-in closet, a hot tub in the veranda, and indoor and outdoor cinema projectors, while high-tech elements and controls make life not just easy, but fascinating. With the coming together of form and function, harmony is achieved.
Built in an exceptional Mykonos spot that almost joins the azure waves, a lux hotel with unique architecture utilizes the island’s organic elements for an experience of summer seclusion, connection with nature and peaceful renewal. Contradictory elements such as curves, straight lines and angles, robust stonework and airy fabrics, work in harmony to direct the gaze towards the omnipresent liquid element: the clear blue waters of the Cycladic sea and the immaculate turquoise emerging from the hotel pools. Natural materials pay tribute to the unassuming Mykonian nature, creating a soothing effect all around the hotel: light-colored woods, white sails, island stone and cement mortar, pergolas and ceilings made of Makuti thatches and braided wool, swaths of bougainvillea and indigenous plants. In the suites, the bar, the restaurant, the pool and the spa, and in every small corner of the hotel, the architectural philosophy calls for open and bright spaces, alternations that surprise but do not disconnect, airy movements that seem to defy gravity. This is architecture that exudes serenity, while stimulating the senses.
A brand new duplex in a wonderful, leafy Athens Northern suburb serves the purpose of home, tranquil sanctuary and space of joyous gatherings. A delicately designed, muted color palette creates an all-embracing feeling of peacefulness and calm from the moment one enters the space. The elegant scheme of light greys, charcoals, blacks and camel hues, combined with the glass expanse of floor-to-wall windows, allows daylight to flood the residence in an almost theatrical manner, while subtle touches of recessed lighting provide points of focus and atmospheric accents. A passion for detail can be traced everywhere, as in the residence’s exquisite, seamless surfaces: capacious, sleek, made with an array of natural materials -such as wood and metal-, they contrast and complement the rest of the apartment’ s features, creating an almost unexpected unison. Dressed with supremely comfortable furnishings, the apartment’s sleek demeanor becomes a paradigm of cool.
A bravura complex of four villas on the island of Mykonos is a symphony in dazzling white, interwoven with natural hues: the gray, oyster and russet tones of the landscape rocks, the serene green of cacti and palm trees, the sapphire blues of sea and sky, the wood as light as caramel. The residences are almost pulsing, as if purposefully designed to produce emotional responses. Unbroken, panoramic views, spaces that connect to one another fluidly, diffused light spilling everywhere, illuminating and accentuating, built-in furniture that become part of the architecture, pristine lines in tandem with soft curves: they all conspire to make one feel as if tenderly embraced. Moving to the exterior spaces is an exhilarating experience: the freshness, peacefulness and generousness of the interior culminates in the outside. Superb vistas, geometric, luxurious swimming pools, gardens as if emerging from the scenery itself and shaded spaces to spend time outside, day or night. Here, summer dreams seem to last forever.
Two luxury residences in a brand-new Voula development are a paradigm of bespoke innovation, where flawless and inventive design coexists with almost dogmatic functionality. With the sea at a breathing distance, space is generously offered to exterior areas. The outside organically leads to the interior, uniting through light, ample openings and harmoniously combined materials. Striking, contemporary surfaces are lined with wood, as well as metals, marbles and stones in shades of black, for a surprisingly warm and inviting result. Fundamental luxury, one that is not redundant, stems from a variety of factors: outstanding materials, intelligent design, hidden lighting, high ceilings and generous spaces and a plethora of custom creations (such as the hanging wardrobes), designed for both spotless practicality and non-negotiable elegance. State-of-the-art smart home technologies render the residences completely safe and environmentally friendly and a pure pleasure to inhabit. Design and practicality coexist here in perfect harmony.
Authenticity, tradition and modernity cohabit harmoniously in this graceful, inviting Mykonos residence. Preserving a spirit that is incomparably Greek, and particularly Mykonian, was of utmost importance to the client. The structure was created with a symbiotic relationship to the striking mountainous landscape in mind: a tawny, rocky place bathed in winds and salt traveling from the sea. The house itself is open to the sun, the sky and the breeze, and at the same time functions as an intimate refuge from the blinding island light. It incorporates typical Aegean elements, such as whitewashed walls and stone floors, and yet surprises us with its eloquent amalgam of distinct elements and textures; it feels utterly contemporary, striking an ideal balance.
Experiencing life in this ground floor residence is magnificent throughout all four seasons, as the whimsies of nature can be observed from practically everywhere in the house. Floor-to-ceiling window panels ensure communication with the outside world and an abundance of beautiful Greek light; a clarity of both intention and aesthetics can be felt everywhere. Part of a brand new three-apartment development, yet ensconced in its own private world, the residence is the ultimate in family luxury and graceful comfort. Its meticulous selection of calm colors, sprawling surfaces and sophisticated materials, along with the openness of the spaces, create a synthesis that is at the same time pragmatic and “clean” in its design, yet wonderfully cozy and inviting. The eclectic property boasts an eye-catching pool and a minimalist garden, where the sun is playfully filtered through green and azure hues.
A stunning, one-of-a-kind fitness space in the southern part of Athens, built as a modular environment for a variety of purposes. Chameleon-like in its ability to change, it is equipped with two projector walls and bespoke illumination, tools that transform the space from a training haven to a place for fitness demonstrations and presentations. The innovative, boutique sports center is home to two different types of full-body training, one of which requires a sand floor. The taupe color and velvety texture of the sand contrasting with the rest of the dark rubber floor is only one of the powerful juxtapositions that are part of the design, essential to its function, utilized for aesthetics. The edgy antitheses of dark and light materials, the stark, geometric corridors, the high-tech approach and luxurious feel create an inspiring, superlatively dynamic and protective space for training.