Vora Villas in Santorini

March 12, 2019


Santorini is one of the Greek islands that needs no further introductions , if you haven’t visited it is definitely one of the bucket list you should check off. There are many incredible boutique hotels to stay however, if you want one of the most unique design hotel in Imerovigli then Vora Villas is the one for you. Designed by Athens based K-Studio, Vora Villas offers only three rooms ( soon a fourth one) . The renovation of the original cave-villa retains its characteristic layout, of three rooms that move in succession deeper into the volcanic rock.

“The 2 driving forces behind our concept were the volcanic rock and the traditional local vernacular. We wanted to reveal and control the drama and thrill of the site whilst securing guests with comfort, privacy and a relaxed lifestyle. We worked with the natural volcanic rock to cut routes through the site and to retain its boundaries and with charred wood and blackened gun-metal to highlight the power of nature within the villas” says the architectural team.

The guest rooms of this resort are 3 unique and entirely separated villas that bring together newly built villas with an older traditional dwelling. The first, at the top of the site, is a renovated authentic cave house, typical of the local vernacular. Entering the house from the cave opening the first space is light-filled with spectacular views of what remains of the original crater of Santorini’s volcano. The second space, further into the cave, is cooler and darker offering respite from the heat of the summer outside. The third space, pushed far back into the rock of the mountain is serenely cool and tranquil, a total retreat.

The second and third villas are new buildings formed by the sharp cuts of the path slicing its way down through the site. Sitting adjacent to each other and below the cave, they each split the traditionally linear layout of the first villa, stacking one half above the other. This allows the rare luxury of natural and light and breath-taking views from both the lounge and bedroom spaces and also increases the usable space of each villa. Angled away from each other and towards unique and specific views, the villas are totally separated and enjoy full privacy.

Literally carved out of the mountain the curves of the vaulted ceilings soften the shadows, removing sharp lines and blending it into the darker space towards the back of the plan. In the new villas set below a more contemporary layout maximises light and takes full advantage of the view by splitting the bedrooms and shifting them below the living spaces. Angled away from each other and separated by the main path, guests enjoy their unique viewpoint in total privacy.

Important note from the Editor :

I am mentioning privacy a lot because I cannot stress this enough…unfortunately Santorini on its whole is NOT a private island. Because of its unique terrain all the houses, restaurants, cafes and hotels are built one on top of each other almost, with small stairs leading from the road downwards. This is exactly what gives that spectacular Santorini landscape but at the same time, it devoids almost everything from privacy. You can be sure you will be walking right next to swimming pools of hotels with guests lounging 20cm next to the main path, your neighbors are most definitely not only watching you when you are out but almost every tourist that walks randomly to get to their way as well. When renting a hotel/villa, be very careful when you have your own pool but prices are the same as rooms with no pools in other hotels. This means that the pool is literally on the street almost. When a hotel offers privacy in Santorini, it is a big deal. In an island that never sleeps during summer, where the streets are so full you think there must be a concert happening, being able to relax at your hotel is something priceless. To be able to go out in your veranda with no prying eyes, without wondering who will step right next to you when you enjoy valuable time in the pool watching the sunset, to be able to find a haven inside a very populated tourist gathering, for me it is the difference between going somewhere or choosing another place completely. Vora Villas is not only a stunningly beautiful hotel but also offers this unique privacy, and believe me, it is worth it. 

// Photography via K-Studio | Photography by Ståle Eriksen

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Nordiska Kök Wooden new Kitchen designs

February 16, 2019


Nordiska Kök , or in English Nordic Kitchens, have so much strong roots in Nordic design that even the name of the company couldn’t but reflect that. Kitchens to live in, unique and tailor-made to suit everyones life, today and tomorrow. All their kitchens are built to be timeless and last for years, and to leave the lightest possible footprint on world resources. Locally produced in their carpentry workshop near Gothenburg, Nordiska Kök kitchens are built entirely from scratch based on customer needs and wishes. This means that you not only get a kitchen you can live in and enjoy for a long time, but also a kitchen based on your very own choices. I particularly like their wooden choices, although all their designs are quite beautiful. Not as expensive as you might think either for a completely bespoke kitchen with all appliances included. One of my favorites I am showing today below, although funnily enough I might have gone for something lighter in color, though I would definitely keep the design!

// Photos via Nordiska Kök

 

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Ferm Living SS19

January 16, 2019


If you have already seen the SS19 collection from Ferm Living then feel free to not scroll below, but if you haven’t , todays post is a real treat. I am not going to lie, at this point I could almost 100% furnish my home only shopping from Ferm Living. From the living room to the kitchen to the bathroom, it is unreal how many great pieces are there and every season there is more to want. It is really hard for me because I dont want and frankly I dont have the budget to just completely change my home decoration and furniture every season, it is not sustainable either, but there are some pieces I can see myself having for years to come and I will be investing in them for sure. Scroll below to see all the news, personal favorites are the new Rico sofa and armchair, along with marble details , the new Ripple carafe in smokey glass and the Black Place bench (all these I need in my life like I need water it feels)!

// All photos by Ferm Living

 

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Sticks N’Sushi restaurant by Norm Architects

January 13, 2019


As if there aren’t good enough reasons to visit London for the weekend, the Sticks ‘n’ Sushi restaurant in London designed by Norm Architects is making me seriously want to book a ticket. Located on King’s Road in the heart of chic and high-end Chelsea, Norm designed a richly textured space where Scandinavian and Japanese aesthetics meet through an emphasis on natural materials and an overall sense of contemporary luxury. Combine great design with great food and you see why I feel a visit is already long overdue. It doesn’t help that Sticks ‘n’ Sushi instagram account is mouthwatering ( find them here ).

I will mostly let the photos speak for themselves on this one although I will guide you slightly through the plan and the design. Materials chosen for the rooms reflect the moods set for the three floors. The idea is that the guests increasingly will get in touch with light as they walk vertically, so the lower ground floor and private dining area is kept in dark nuances and materials, with hops hanging from a feature grid ceiling in oak, inviting in nature as a sculptural element and softening up the space. Intimate and secluded, the lower ground floor is an atmospheric hideaway for parties to absorb the timeless elegance.

The ground floor and heart of the restaurant is a grounded, welcoming space; industrial and elegant, with subtle contrasts in the quality custom woodwork, Danish design classics, industrial elements, natural stone table top and bar in blackened steel.

Upon entering the ground floor of the restaurant, you’re drawn to the sculptural leather sofas, perfect for visitors paying the restaurant a brief visit, having cocktails or waiting for a table – perfectly placed by the windows to encourage interaction with the street life of Chelsea.

As you enter the 1st floor you’re met by a bright and sophisticated space, conveyed by the oak tabletops, chairs, partition panel walls and open plan of the floor. A combination that invites an intimate seating without losing the feeling of being in a lovely bustling environment. Light, transparent textiles divide the space and make up translucent, light-bearing elements when they’re lit up at night. The lantern-like, white lamps create an intimate space around the large marble table in the semi-private dining room. Carl Hansen chairs ac company the bespoke tables throughout the restaurant as a reference to the timeless Danish design heritage, quality woodwork and craftsmanship. Also the custom-made banquette seating embodies that soft feel, inviting guests to engage in the intimate settings.

Are you convinced yet? I certainly am!

// All photos by Norm Architects 

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