The residential project by Tsolakis Architects includes three dwellings in an underground setting with respect to a steep, rocky site on the island of Antiparos. Enhancing rather than distorting the awareness of the context, the discreet approach of digging into the ground brings out the beauty of local natural materials, with etched ramps and steps, pedestrian pathways, open patios and the perfect profiles of blue swimming pools. The alternation of white stucco and stone on the façade, transformed into a metaphor of the rocky surface, conveys a sensation of minimum intervention, preserving the meaning of traditional Cyclades architecture without interrupting the continuity of the natural setting. Wooden pergolas and structural members completed incorporated in the environment protect the inhabitants from bright sunlight and the gusts of the Etesian winds of Greece.
Ethimo has interpreted the space in a perfect balance between nature and contemporary design, underlining the strong bond between indoor and outdoor spaces. The Knit, Rafael, Cube, Swing and Grand Life collections personalize every open-air space with teak, metal, woven cord, soft cushions covered with fabrics that stand up to sunlight and salt air.
The Knit and Swing lounge and dining systems, both designed by Patrick Norguet, set the stage for relaxing convivial moments: the first with tables, chairs and lounge seating in pickled teak and light gray woven cord, the second with tables, chairs and stools marked by an elegant ‘architectural game’ based on alternation of lines and materials.
The Rafael collection, designed by Paola Navone, combines fine workmanship in teak, marble and volcanic stone with the refined colors of fabrics on the upholstered pieces. The texture of the Etwick fiber, woven by hand to create pure geometric lines and volumes, is the main characteristic of the Cube collection.
The Grand Life series by Christophe Pillet takes part with ample sofas and lounge chairs, which stand out for the structure in pickled or natural teak, featuring large cushions and a classic weave inspired by the image of Vienna straw.