This striking summer house on the Greek island of Spetses was originally designed by an Austrian architect in the 1970s. Minimal and bohemian, the layout was completely open-plan apart from the bedrooms. The owners invited us to extend, upgrade, and reconfigure the house, defining new living spaces and adding a swimming pool and pool house. We decided to celebrate the vintage aesthetic while bringing the house up to date.
The low-rise, open-plan residence didn’t even have a front door. Embracing this sense of wide open space, we added a lattice doorway and canopies that reiterate the exposed stone walls. Painted vivid white, the rough stone walls are a textured canvas for light and shadow throughout the day. Cut-out screens are also used to differentiate spaces and filter the intense sunlight inside the house.
Two is Company, an interior design studio based in Athens, created a full range of custom furniture for the residence. Combining mid-century influences and classical elements, the result is a home with a retro vibe that stays true to its Greek island setting. Since life here is lived outdoors, we added expansive pool terraces and oriented the outdoor furniture towards the views.