Athens Special #2 and Athens Special Le Tour are two personal city guides featuring Greek chef Vassilis Kallidis’ favorite spots in Athens, on an abstract map. Street photography and index-like typography aim to capture the nostalgic, slightly kitsch and decadent feeling of the city. The chef presents his recipes in a book within the main book, i.e. a recipe section created separately with its own cover, rules, grids, even page numbering. The visuals in both parts convey everyday Athenian clichés blended with a pinch of tradition and a twisted surreal feel, with great reference to the hand drawn signage. As an extra, a 2-side poster is included, which is a practical telephone directory of the shops listed, or a decorative promotional tool for the new book. In Athens Special #2, the text that was originally meant to be the prologue was used instead to create a 30 pages zine that illustrates the chef’s Athenian stories through both visuals and deconstructed typography.

Athens Special Le Tour
Athens Special Le Tour
Athens Special Le Tour
Athens Special Le Tour
Athens Special Le Tour
Athens Special Le Tour
Athens Special Le Tour
Athens Special Le Tour
Athens Special #2
Athens Special #2
Athens Special #2
Athens Special #2
Athens Special #2
Athens Special #2
Athens Special #2

Creative Direction, Illustration: Noni Nezi

Design: Natassa Pappa

Font: Asty CF by Cannibal

photos by Athena Liaskou