The house is located in Serifos island, Cyclades, Greece and it was originally built in 1998. Andrew Sheinman, founder of award-winning New York-based interior design firm Pembrooke & Ives, and his wife Helen purchased this house in 2005. They have kept all the original structure and added rooms, terraces and gardens over the years.


The main focus of the design was to create a house that blends in its natural environment. An environment comprised of steep dirt and gravel slopes, dressed with scattered wild thorny bushes, and beautiful large rock formations. Though the most important existing elements, were the short stone retaining walls, locally called xerolithies, created a long time ago for land cultivation purposes. These walls, usually not more than a meter in height formed flat stripes of land parallel to the slope and extended along the entire surface of the hillside. […]

After a 10-year-long successful operation in Athens, Vezené Santorini opens its doors on the island’s paramount spot overlooking the breathtaking caldera. […]

Lavatoy is a Greek studio that creates handmade ceramic products drawing its inspiration from local tradition, history and organic materials of nature. Shapes, colors, patterns, symbols, technique and natural raw materials are harmoniously synthesized to produce ceramic molds of special aesthetics and daily use. Lavatoy consists of the potter Nikos Katsoulas and a team of designers. […]

Olive sun villa is situated in the heart of a 4500 sq.m olive grove, near the sea. This project concerns the renovation of a preexisting building and the addition of a new wing, in order to create a six–room vacation house. The off-white and earthy tones used in the interior and exterior of the building, create a calm atmosphere, ideal for relaxation. […]

Onos living project is based on the simplicity of the idea of transforming an old stable -hand-built with stones, wood and mud- into a fully equipped house, with tremendous respect to its uniqueness and the Cycladic surroundings. […]

Skinopi Lodge is a hideaway in the heart of the world’s most beautiful group of islands – the Cyclades.  Surrounded by amazing landscape and history, it offers both a peaceful retreat in nature and a sense of discovery with unique opportunities for exploration.


These partially completed buildings were left abandoned for years; they exemplify the pre-financial crisis construction boom in Greece and it’s after effects. Their repetitive volumes and lack of site planning came in stark contrast to the beauty of the surrounding landscape. No further volumetric alteration was allowed by local regulations. The goal of the refurbishment was softening their impact: an exercise in reduction. […]

The renovated visitor center of the Robola Wine Producers Cooperative, in Kefalonia island, was designed by architect Afroditi Lefkaditi as a way of acquaintance with its singular location, through wine tasting. The driving concept in the redesign was perpetual contact with nature and incorporation of the local landmarks. […]

Argalios Guesthouse is located in Donoussa, Cyclades and is open all year round. Its owners are two young people, Elias and Ploumitsa, originally from Donoussa, who have been living permanently on the island for the last 9 years. […]

In October 2020, on the remote island of Lesvos in Greece, in the most mountainous village of the island, an idea was born for a new ecological material, called “koukoutsi”. […]

“Inspired by the many shapes and texture of the sea, as well as the draped garment of the ancient times that would sculpt the silhouette in the most flattering way, our new collection offers a large range of day to night garments in bright, vibrant colours. […]

Named after the Byzantine word for the age-old cistern around which it is built, and which, for centuries, has breathed life into the surrounding fertile land, towering trees, and olive groves, Kinsterna is an 18th-century Byzantine mansion that has been painstakingly restored to a contemporary design hotel. […]

A plot situated in a remote, ordinary village of Kalamia, with olive groves surrounding and an unobstructed view to the Gulf of Corinth, is a setting for retreat from demanding urban life, whose occupant is a nature-loving young couple with their three children.  The morphology of the place – the slope with a 6m height difference from the top to the bottom, led to the decision of creating the house with humble, stone stable-like appearance from the street side that discreetly fits into the neighborhood, while developing into the prominent, two levels construction from the garden. […]