Greece is for Lovers
Known for producing unique interior pieces inspired by Greece and often infused with ironic humour, Greece is for Lovers offers limited-edition products that challenge typical conceptions of the country with tongue-in-cheek creations. Owners Thanos Karampatsos and Christina Kotsilelou met in London and quickly found they shared the same creative aesthetic; now back in Athens, the pair’s diverse collection includes a leather-covered skateboard with built-in Greek sandals, a combined marble chopping board and herb crusher and a light silk scarf featuring a traditional blue and white graphic design. The showroom is open by appointment.
Greece is for Lovers, 50-52 Valtetsiou, 106 81 Athens, +30 21 0924 5064
Greek designer Yiorgos Eleftheriades combines classic shapes with modern, urban styling to create experimental pieces that feature intriguing cuts supported by high-quality tailoring. Eleftheriades is known for his fearless approach, often using contrasting materials and incorporating unusual design elements to create a challenging yet trans-seasonal and surprisingly timeless collection. This autumn/winter, the designer has focused on a muted colour palette and experimented with volume; think full pleated skirts and puffed shoulders in tones of black, grey and camel.
Yiorgos Eleftheriades, 13 Agion Anargiron, 105 54 Athens, +30 21 0331 2662
Elena Votsi first captured the public’s attention when she was asked to design the medals for the 2004 Athens Olympics and today her designs are as popular as ever. She specialises in modern jewellery inspired by Greek myth and tradition as well as her native island of Hydra. Her pieces often feature strong graphic lines and colourful gemstones; these pointed hearts set with black, clear and bright magenta stones typify the range.
Elena Votsi, 7 Xanthou, 106 73 Athens, +30 21 0360 0936
Museum of Byzantine Culture
With 11 rooms and more than 2,900 artefacts on display, the Museum of Byzantine Culture presents a comprehensive overview of life during the Byzantine period with works of art, ideology, social structure and religion all subject to analysis. The museum was inaugurated in 1994 and its collection features items from antiquity to the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453. Pieces include frescoes, mosaics, icons and personal ornaments taken from throughout the period that are sure to impress art fans and history enthusiasts alike.
Museum of Byzantine Culture, 2 Stratou, 546 40 Thessaloniki, +30 23 1330 6400