Studiomateriality causes creative chaos in a new Athenian hype place, named Kobra. What are the secret ingredients for the new ‘talk of the town’? The answer is friendship, high quality, coolness and the lack of concept.

Studiomateriality converts two floors in Navarinou street in Exarheia Athens, into a new hang-out place with the most funky and cool vibe. The menu is curated by the young and bold chef Adam Kodovas and the signature cocktails are definitely the non-classic yet gourmet ones. A 3D-printed David by Michelangelo and a display featuring a Botticelli Venus in a multifaceted space with different aesthetics and styles, expose the initial idea of the absence of idea and concept.

While studiomateriality’s design interventions retain the chaotic charm, they also emphasize the artistic fusion references and the simplicity of the place. Plastic chairs and wooden tables, neon signs, colour-blocking pieces of furniture and metallic surfaces frame a Berlinean concept of freedom and sensation as “Everyone is welcome here”.

Custom designs in furniture and rooms represent some of the highlights of the place, such as a turning table, a confession room and a sweet bar that serves signature Athenian sweets and comes with the teasing sign “Bad for your teeth”. Such a typical studiomateriality thing to say.

“The concept was to create a mismatching aesthetic that leads to a playful and unconventional space”, adds Miltos Kontogiannis.

The name Kobra reveals… nothing in particular and that is also a part of the “here and now” mentality of the owners of Kobra.

Here and now, then. Cheers to that.

Lead designer: Miltos Kontogiannis

Design team: Nancy Karagianni, Serafeim Pappas, Iakovina Syrianou

3D Visualization: Nicolas Xadjipourganis

Images © Alina Lefa

Text: Gaia Deligianni