athens-based studio SAINT OF ATHENS thought outside of the box while designing this jewelry store for italian brand gavello in one of greece’s most visited summer spots, mykonos. the architects and the brand came up with a design that breaks the island’s stereotypical looks with a creative and aesthetic idea.
all images by gavriil papadiotis
gavello nel blu by SAINT OF ATHENS and dive architects is a jewelry store within a pool. the store has a typical cycladic façade and is designed to resemble an actual pool on the inside. light blue tiles, beach balls, striped bolsters, lockers, and a pool ladder on the wall create a familiar ambiance and evoke an oblique summer feeling. the designers included practical elements as well as conceptual props such as mirrors, cushions, display cases, d display cones, and cylinders— on which someone might even want to hang their towel— that enhance the pool concept.
the jewelry items are displayed inside four niches embedded inside the tiled wall and lit with 2 linear LED strips. another display element would be the main rectangular table that dominates the interior space and includes the rest of the jewels. according to the architects, cosmopolitan and picturesque places like mykonos tend to trap themselves in a dipole of rigid tradition vs forced extravagance. in gavello nel blu, the aim was to show that a few square meters are enough for interior design to show its surreally ingenious side and for opulent products to acquire a whole new market context.
name: GAVELLO nel blu
designer: SAINT OF ATHENS
location: mykonos, greece
concept: SAINT OF ATHENS & elisabetta gavello
architectural works: dive architects
photography: gavriil papadiotis
custom displays: urbi et orbi
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edited by: yasmina karam | designboom
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