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At Home in Greece

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An inspirational collection of homes, from the one-room cubic Cycladic houses that inspired Le Corbusier to imposing Venetian towers and houses integrated into the surrounding rocks.
Invaded over the centuries by Romans, Venetians, and Turks—and now tourists—Greece has always managed to retain its distinctive qualities. Julia Klimi's stunning photographs of domestic interiors, specially taken over a period of several years, capture the quintessential Greek style, while pointing ...

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Overview

An inspirational collection of homes, from the one-room cubic Cycladic houses that inspired Le Corbusier to imposing Venetian towers and houses integrated into the surrounding rocks.
Invaded over the centuries by Romans, Venetians, and Turks—and now tourists—Greece has always managed to retain its distinctive qualities. Julia Klimi's stunning photographs of domestic interiors, specially taken over a period of several years, capture the quintessential Greek style, while pointing out rich regional variations. Outside spaces, many with views of the sea, are also featured, from verandas merging into swimming pools and shaded marble paths leading to secret gardens, to courtyards surrounded by olive trees—all suffused with the astonishing light of the eastern Mediterranean.
Thirty-five houses are featured in eight geographical sections: The Dodecanese (Rhodes, Symi, Astypalaia, Patmos); Crete; The Cyclades (Santorini, Serifos, Paros, Mykonos, Tinos); The Saronic Islands (Hydra, Spetses); The Ionian Islands (Corfu); The Peloponnese (Monemvasia, Arkadia); Athens; and The Mainland (Pelion, Zagorohoria, Metsovo). The stories of the people who have lovingly restored these homes are also told. Some have created contemporary interiors with reinforced concrete, brick, and iron, while others have used entirely traditional materials and methods.
Unlike previous attempts to capture the Greek style, this book provides an insider's unique view.

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Editorial Reviews

Greece
“If you always return from Greece longing for your home to have some of that Greek chic, you’ll pick up plenty of ideas here.”
A Place in the Sun
“A pictorial tour de force … packed to the rafters with design ideas … an inspirational selection.”
BBC Homes & Antiques
“Guaranteed to inspire.”
Library Journal
Each of these books uses color photographs to show the exteriors and interiors of homes found in their respective locales. Griffiths (The English Country Cottage) and McBride (Private Tuscany) visit homes from cottages to manors and include photographs of interiors, exteriors, and grounds with descriptions of the inhabitants' approach to restoration and decoration. Bariller and Klimi, both first-time authors, visit the homes of their regions with an eye toward how inhabitants have incorporated vernacular elements in their decor. Both include photographs of the region itself as well as photographs of the exteriors and interiors of homes; the majority of Klimi's book focuses on dwellings on the Greek islands. Purchase where there is an interest in contemporary interior design. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500511657
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 591,619
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Julia Klimi is a Greek travel and interior design photographer. For well over a decade, she has been photographing places and interiors all over Greece. She is also well known for her contributions to American, Italian and Greek magazines such as Marie Claire, Elle, Elle Décoration, Vogue, and many others.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
The Cyclades 10
Mykonos - the minas house: inhabitable sculpture 14
Mykonos - the tsiringaki house: the house around the rock 20
Tinos - the fyntanidis house: living on the beach 26
Santorini - the psychas house: perched on a volcanic rock 32
Paros - the demetriades house: the house of art 38
Paros - the aurelio house: cycladic modern 42
Serifos - the pandelidakis house: a stage hewn in stone 48
Serifos - the zafeiriou house: classic cycladic scene 54
The Dodecanese 58
Astypalaia - the monezi house: between the sea and the sky 62
Patmos - the stimfaliades house: in the shadow of the monastery 70
Patmos - the raka house: neo-classical charm 76
Rhodes - the sala house: enticing eastern air 82
Rhodes - the clow house: bold dodecanese style 88
Rhodes - the somare house: a medieval noble's house 94
Symi - the grazia house: harmonizing styles 100
Symi - the badin house: colours from paradise 104
Symi - the furler house: peace in pastel tones 108
Crete 112
The arahovitis house: a view of the sea 116
The halkiadakis house: a ceramist's retreat 120
The Saronic Islands 126
Spetses - the burrell house: a house by the sea 130
Spetses - the captain's house: a bouquet of history 134
Spetses - the harbour house: east meets west 140
Hydra - the baumann house: near eastern chiaroscuro 146
The Peloponnese 150
Monemvasia - the calliga house: an imposing structure 154
Arkadia - the varvatsoulis house: a contemporary rural idyll 158
The Ionian Islands 164
Corfu - the mueller house: the kontokalis tower 168
Corfu - the vulgaris house: the villa on the hill 172
Corfu - the manesis house: aristocratic elegance 176
The Mainland 182
Zagorohoria - the papigo house: the excitement of the austere 186
Pelion - the tsigarida house: the lure of the primitive 194
Pelion - the silkworm house: a stone tower by the sea 200
Metsovo - the averoff house: an ancestral home 204
Athens 208
Athens - the takis house: communing with nature 212
Athens - the psychiko house: suspended over water 216
Athens - the neo-classical house: at the foot of the acropolis 220
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