In the simplicity of Interior Design Laboratorium’s projects, one can always sense a quiet luxury emanating from the flawless functional design and the excellent quality of materials. The Athens-based studio was founded by Stamos Hondrodimos in 2009 and has since been giving a voice to modern Greek interiors rooted in sun-soaked isles.
DESIGN STATS: Projects in extraordinary locations in Greece such as Santorini, Paros, and Kythira islands
SIGNATURE STYLE: Modern sanctuaries inspired by the stripped splendor of Cycladic design, the purity of island life, and Mediterranean sunlight
DESIGN MOTTO: Designs that tell a story inspired by the region’s history and its people, as well as the local architecture and surroundings
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The past few years I have been systematically engaged with photography since I have been traveling around Greece. Those images inspire me.”
WHAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW: Hondrodimos formed his own firm, following a brief position in fashion designer Lakis Gavalas’s atelier. His portfolio includes set design for H&M
DESIGN HOTELS MEMBERS: Istoria and Parilio
- Q: Who or what are your biggest influences?
Nature and its creations.
Q: Have you ever changed your mind about anything aesthetics-wise?
For me there are no rules regarding aesthetics. I always trust my instincts because there is truth in it.
Q: Describe your dream project, real or fantasy.
I would love to redesign abandoned traditional villages in their entirety.
Q: What’s the last thing you read that made you feel something?
The history of Delos—an island of incredible inheritance.
Q: Without thinking too hard, which do you choose:
—Wood or concrete? Wood
—Beach or mountain? Beach
—Modern or classic? Classic
—Morning or evening? Morning
—City or country? Country
—Jazz or classical? Classical
—Drama or comedy? Comedy
—Dancing or hiking? Hiking
Q: What are you currently working on?
We’re currently working on various hotels on a few Greek islands and some select residential projects. One of the biggest is an extension of a prominent hotel on an iconic Cycladic island.
Q: Is there a building or product that strikes you as particularly well-designed or innovative?
While traveling, one thing that always inspires me, is the design and architecture of monasteries.