Atlantish

Contemporary crisis and mythical inspiration in a Greek design collection

by Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi When one thinks of Atlantis, a phantasm of decadence and splendor floods the senses, harkening a city at the height of its glory. For the “Atlantish: quite like Atlantis” collection, design collective Greece Is For Lovers (GIFL) turned to the present to communicate the allegorical allure of the past through modest design classics synonymous to Grecian culture. GIFL designer Thanos Karampatos says …

Granny Tunes

Soften up hard music with a hand-knit iPod case

by Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi Love having all your Townes Van Zandt tracks at your fingertips but can’t stand the iPod’s shiny exterior? Enter Granny Tunes, a hand-knit case that covers the musical device with lacy looks. Seizing on fashion’s enduring neo-boho obsession, the macramé-like design is fetching enough to charm younger patrons and not just grandmas rocking iPods. The snuggly pouch, available in neutral palettes (white, …

Tan Lines

Leather patio furniture literally tanned by the power of the sun

Using an unusual approach to treat leather, design studio Greece Is For Lovers’ set of table and chairs features a nautical pattern that has literally been sun tanned onto the surface. Cheekily dubbed “Tan Lines,” they stenciled a pattern onto the leather with sunscreen, exposing it to direct sunlight to darken the negative space. Over time, the two-tone design will weather more, fading the imagery …