A Guesthouse in Athens Acts Like a Museum Embellished with Local Art and Design

Alessia Musillo
·2 minuto per la lettura
Photo credit: Margarita Nikitaki
Photo credit: Margarita Nikitaki

From ELLE Decor

In the Filipappos Hill area of Athens, Greek designer Michael Stamos has lined a guesthouse coated in moss green and prune violet with local art and classical pieces of modern design. This is how Esperinos presents itself to new visitors — a calm space to stay and experience the Greek capital within interiors mimicking those of a museum.

Photo credit: Margarita Nikitaki
Photo credit: Margarita Nikitaki
Photo credit: Margarita Nikitaki
Photo credit: Margarita Nikitaki
Photo credit: Margarita Nikitaki
Photo credit: Margarita Nikitaki

The residence is located within a building constructed last century during the ‘30s, where the designer modified the apartment’s original domestic layout, transforming it into an open space more typical of an art gallery. The design is composed like a puzzle between original pieces by Stamos: a mobile container realized in pine and plywood, hand-painted with a black and white checkered motif; lamps; a chair with a metal rod along the backrest; a modestly small stool made of two stone blocks found in a cave in Tinos (a Greek island in the Aegean Sea); and signature pieces, like the Traffic lounge chair by Konstantin Grcic. The curation of works was entrusted to the Grace Foundation, owned by designer Michael Stamos since 2016, which will modify the space according to periods of the year and especially in correspondence with the availability of works.

Photo credit: Margarita Nikitaki
Photo credit: Margarita Nikitaki
Photo credit: Margarita Nikitaki
Photo credit: Margarita Nikitaki

The kitchen itself is a sort of mini-museum finished with emerald colored furnishings and black shelves in industrial style showcasing flatware. The night area, meanwhile, lies under the pitched roof, vaunting a loft bed accessed through a staircase. Stone, a natural and traditional element of Greek architecture, remains a recurring theme together with terracotta, which is used to line the stair landings and one of the steps.

Photo credit: Margarita Nikitaki
Photo credit: Margarita Nikitaki
Photo credit: Margarita Nikitaki
Photo credit: Margarita Nikitaki

The space continues and a small garden with stark colors — the white of the external walls and the lush green of plants — opens in a private atmosphere providing a moment of relaxation within the sparkling character of the Greek capital. In a vibrant cultural environment, Athens looks to be reborn through welcoming spaces to share in the name of art.

Photo credit: Margarita Nikitaki
Photo credit: Margarita Nikitaki
Photo credit: Margarita Nikitaki
Photo credit: Margarita Nikitaki