Mixing styles – Neo-Baroque and modern design

Mixing styles – Neo-Baroque and modern design


Mixing Styles Unusual furnishings in a house on the Greek
island Crete It’s Greece’s largest island and known for
its splendid beaches and beautiful landscapes. A Greek architect lives where others spend
their holidays. And he has turned a 19th century dwelling
into house with a quirky mix of styles. A small traditional house made of stone. But the simple facade belies the modern and
spacious house inside. Welcome! Come inside! Architect Michalis Geiannakakis and his partner
Maria Verganelaki have restored an old 19th century house in the town of Chania on the
island of Crete. They also linked it with a modern building. Right from the start, this room was like the
heart of the house for us. It’s the oldest part of the building. So we designed it as the place where family
and friends meet. The sofa is the focal point for all the other
furnishings in the room. We wanted it to be harmonious, so we chose
a neobaroque style and then adapted the rest of the furniture accordingly.“ Old and new stand side by side. The couple have surrounded themselves with
happy memories. We feel that old objects radiate a lot of
energy and that’s exactly what we wanted here. So there are lots of family heirlooms and
reminders of other times in our lives or trips that we’ve made. I grew up with this couch and associate it
with various family celebrations and happy times. That’s why I wanted the sofa to have a central
place but it needed a makeover. So we retained the basic structure and had
it reupholstered by a traditional furniture maker here in Chania. And we chose a colour and design that would
fit with our lifestyle today.” The shape of the chandeliers in the living
room is repeated in the dining room, with a lamp made of empty glass bottles and wire. There’s another playful addition to the kitchen
– a lamp made of knives, forks and spoons. The olive tree in the adjoining inner courtyard
was planted by the man of the house. I chose all the plants in the house. The green leaves of the olive tree harmonize
with the natural wood and stone that we used to build the house. Then for inside we chose a carob tree and
climbing plants. The plants and trees provide natural shade
and make for a good microclimate. And you feel like you’re living in the countryside a bit. The furniture we’ve chosen is suitable inside
and out. So we can use it in both areas as we please,
without worrying about things getting broken or dirty. That’s why the chairs are made of plexiglas. They’re neutral und transparent. The house is dominated by natural colours
such as brown, white and green. Only the bathroom is an exception: Blue is a very special colour. We use it to connect the interior with the
outside and to bring the blue sky into our home. On the top floor, the couple have planted
up a herb garden. It’s provides a natural aroma that radiates
throughout the entire house. It’s very easy to plant up a small aromatic
garden. All you need is a little natural light and
good ventilation. Then you choose a few plants that have a pleasant
smell and that you can also make use of, like lavender for example which has a relaxing
effect. Or basil. There are lots of ways of introducing fragrance
and colours. A bridge links the original house with the
new annex, which has a bedroom and terrace. The entire complex offers 190 square metres
of living space. But looking from the outside, you’d never
know. The house has retained its traditional appearance.


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