Emerging Greek designer Alex Kotoulas introduces HAK STUDIOS with an inaugural collection that radiates colour and abstraction, feeling like a breath of fresh air!
HAK STUDIOS (Handcrafted by Alex Kotoulas) is an Athens-based concept-driven design studio that employs leather, textiles, and ceramics ranging from fashion accessories to interior objects.
As the studio’s founder, Alex Kotoulas, draws from both a family heritage and experience in contemporary art and design, HAK STUDIOS merges traditional techniques with contemporary needs. Its multifaceted collection borrows its name from the homonymous art movement of the ’50s, COLOUR FIELDS, whilst drawing influence both from the work of pioneer artist Elworth Kelly and Kotoulas’ research on Japanese living aesthetics.
Curves of flat color give shape to fully functional pockets on voluminous totes and smart wallets, reminiscent of physical extensions to painted artworks. Innovative ceramic flower holders with geometric silhouettes, cherish the Japanese philosophy of Ikebana. They highlight the flora’s natural beauty, embracing minimal aesthetic and functionality. A series of limited-edition rugs and throws stand as contemporary textile collages, combining opulent fabrics with modest ones, completing the brand’s leading line of products.
HAK STUDIOS’ core value is to support artisans in Greece, hence collaborating only with local, family-run leather workshops, ceramists, and tailors. The concept-based collections celebrate fine craftsmanship with a commitment to sustainable practices expanding the dialogue between the designer’s vision and the makers’ expertise.