What does it take to become a designer in Athens?
In the spring of 2018, a group of designers were asked to create an office furniture shop, a design that would reflect their passions and aspirations.
The concept was to combine the comfort and quality of a designer’s work with a sense of fun and community.
“We have a community here and a feeling of being part of something larger,” explains designer and founder Efstathiou Simeonides.
“There are a lot of people here, we can be social with each other and we can laugh.
“People want to know what you do, how much you make and how you manage to stay motivated.” “
The idea was to create a space where everyone can feel comfortable. “
People want to know what you do, how much you make and how you manage to stay motivated.”
The idea was to create a space where everyone can feel comfortable.
“You have to be a little bit creative, to keep a positive attitude, to try and create something that’s unique,” Simeonsides says.
The studio, called Dantek, is based in a building in Athens, and is owned by a group called Tectonic, which is part of the Greek tech sector.
“Everyone wants to be like us, we’re a lot like you,” says Efstratiou.
“I can imagine a lot that people like us can do in the future, if we were to make this a success.”
Dantak was started with a small team of around two to three people.
Simeones said that they wanted to create something different for the Greek market.
“The aim of this shop is to provide something that people don’t get in their own country,” he says.
“This is not an easy concept to work on, because we don’t have the right skills or the right resources, and also we don´t have the experience to help the people we work with.”
The shop, which has been open since March 2018, sells a range of furniture from traditional furniture to modern office furniture.
“Everything is modern and modern, but also traditional, with a lot more colours, with an interesting design,” says Simees.
“In the first few months we have only done one day, but I think that it will go very well.
Efscathos Koukoumakis, who is also part of Tectonics team, was part of Dantaxo. “
Our aim is to be able to show people something new every day, to bring a new feeling to their office.”
Efscathos Koukoumakis, who is also part of Tectonics team, was part of Dantaxo.
The creative team has also created an event space in Athens called The Laundry, which will offer free laundry services to the public every day.
“It’s a great way to bring people together,” Koukoulas says.
This was the first of several events planned at Danteka, which are being promoted on social media.
“Some of the designers have been invited to be part of these events, so they can see how their ideas are changing our environment,” Kouksakis says.
Simeones, who founded the company two years ago, says that the aim of the Danteker is to create “a space where people can be creative and share their ideas and experiences”.
He says that Dantaks is also an opportunity to share the work of people from different cultures.
“These events have been started for the benefit of the whole Greek population,” he said.
To make a space for everyone to work together and be able be more open, to have a more lively and creative culture.”