Design: Barbara Kountzaki, Photo © Alina Lefa

Interior architect and designer, Barbara Kountzaki, renovated a typical Athenian apartment in a residential building of the early 20th century, in the center of the town, trying to combine the original identity of the space with a playful and fresh touch. “Loukoumi project” is an Airbnb apartment. Its design is based on the Greek delight called loukoumi.

Design: Barbara Kountzaki, Photo © Alina Lefa

The authentic Greek hospitality is inseparably linked with a cup of Greek coffee, which is traditionally served with loukoumi which comes in different flavors.
Design: Barbara Kountzaki, Photo © Alina Lefa

In the kitchen, you can find the original loukoumi recipe written on the wall, above the vintage marble sink that was found in the house.
Design: Barbara Kountzaki, Photo © Alina Lefa

Design: Barbara Kountzaki, Photo © Alina Lefa

Design: Barbara Kountzaki, Photo © Alina Lefa

“The purpose of the intervention was to maintain the authenticity of the house, without compromising the contemporary living”.

Design: Barbara Kountzaki, Photo © Alina Lefa

So, some vintage pieces, which were found in the house, were renovated and reclaimed. In terms of space configuration, the idea was to create an open space living room – kitchen and 3 bedrooms.
Design: Barbara Kountzaki, Photo © Alina Lefa

Design: Barbara Kountzaki, Photo © Alina Lefa

“Traditional materials such as mats, marble and cement mortar are all over the house”.

Design: Barbara Kountzaki, Photo © Alina Lefa

Design: Barbara Kountzaki, Photo © Alina Lefa

Design: Barbara Kountzaki, Photo © Alina Lefa

Loukoumi and its flavors became the main inspiration, by giving name, remarkable design and color pallet to each room.
Design: Barbara Kountzaki, Photo © Alina Lefa

Design: Barbara Kountzaki, Photo © Alina Lefa

Design: Barbara Kountzaki, Photo © Alina Lefa

Design: Barbara Kountzaki, Photo © Alina Lefa

“Therefore, 3 bedrooms were designed: The Vanilla room, The Bergamot room and The Rose room”.

Design: Barbara Kountzaki, Photo © Alina Lefa

Design: Barbara Kountzaki, Photo © Alina Lefa

Design: Barbara Kountzaki, Photo © Alina Lefa

In the “Loukoumi project”, the visitor tastes the authentic Greek hospitality, in an authentic Athenian neighborhood.
Floor plan, © Barbara Kountzaki

Facts & Credits:

Project title: Loukoumi, Typology: Apartment renovation, Location: Koukaki, Athens, Design: Barbara Kountzaki, Construction: Giannis Xristogiannopoulos, Text description: Barbara Kountzaki, Photography: Alina Lefa, Model: Xara Karavasileiou

Suppliers:

Wooden constructions: Dimitris Kontoleon, Vintage pieces: RETRONION, Tiles: MANETAS, Wallpaper: SOLO ATHENS, Textiles: POSTFOLK, Ceramic lights: Dimitra Tsourdini, Lights: PLACED, Stickers: ORANGE LINE