Greek Artist Konstantin Kakanias’ New Furniture Line

PARIS – During this year’s Paris Design & Art Week, Greek artist Konstantin Kakanias unveiled his inaugural furniture collection, as reported by Town & Country (TC) magazine on April 16. TC highlighted a formative encounter between Kakanias and Veta Stefanidou Tsoukala, founder of the Stefanidou Tsoukala Gallery in Athens.

Their collaborative mural project on the island of Ios sparked a new artistic direction for Kakanias, who described the experience as “a completely new role, new challenge, [and] new opportunity for expression.” Kakanias shared with TC, “I really believe in creating as much as we can, in whatever way we can.” This ethos led to his latest project, a home collection developed in partnership with the gallery, which TC notes “is a continuation of the illustrator’s flair for whimsy, evident in his prior engagements with renowned brands like Yves Saint Laurent, Cartier, Dior, and Gucci.”

The collection includes distinctive pieces like the Mrs. Tependris Cabinet, adorned with a cartoon character Kakanias introduced in 1996, and The Poseidon Cabinet, featuring the eponymous Greek god amidst jellyfish. The Narcissus Mirror invites viewers to channel their inner Narcissus, while a bronze foot side-table and a serpentine chaise lounge offer a nod to divine rest.

For the collection’s wallpaper, Kakanias drew inspiration from the ancient Greek physician Pedanius Dioscorides’ botanical encyclopedia, creating an aquatic botanical scene with hand-painted flora against a deep blue backdrop, with only five pieces of each item available.

With the upcoming Paris Olympics 2024 in mind, Kakanias also designed a whimsical rug featuring Mrs. Tependris navigating Parisian landmarks, evoking the historical marathon of Pheidippides with a modern twist. Kakanias expressed his philosophy to WWD: “I love art as a useful commodity. I love it as a cup, or a pot, or a screen. It’s not lesser; it’s wonderful to express oneself across various stages and mediums.”

More information is available online: https://www.padesignart.com/en/.


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