Showroom


Mourouzi street is a small but historically significant street, which vertically links Herodou Attikou rd and Rigillis rd. At Herodou Attikou road, one can find the Presidential Mansion, built by famous architect Ernst Tsiller between 1891 and 1897 to be used as the royal palace of king Konstantinos and princess Sofia, as well as the ``Maximou Mansion`` (1912), which currently hosts the prime minister`s office. Both builtings are representative of the Neoclassical architectural movement that was prevailing at the time . Herodou Attikou, which runs on the side of the National gardens, is also the road that connects the Greek parliament mansion with the ``Kalimarmaro stadium of Athens`` where the first modern Olympic games took place in 1896. On the other side of Mourouzi str, Rigillis road is known for the `` Aristotle`s lyceum `` (335 B.C), an archaeological site of major importance, discovered in 1996, as well as the Athens conservatory, a building that is a fine expression of the Bauhaus movement and the current form of which, was given by professor Ioannis Despotopoulos (student of the great Walter Gropius) in 1959. Just 200 meters away from the showroom, two of the most significant museums of the country are located along Vassilissis Sofias avenue: The Benakis museum and the Cycladic art museum. 10, Mourouzi street is believed to be the largest apartment building constructed in the early 30`s. On the eastern side of the building, a private alley provides access to the showroom. The apartment was originally owned by novelist and theatrical writer Athanassios Petsalis-Diomedes (1904-1995) and has been the gathering point of many artists and intellectuals of the 1930- 1950 era. It's architectural style is a fine blend of neo classicism and art deco. The apartment consists of two large and two smaller rooms, it has high ceilings and wide windows while it is decorated in a graciously detailed way with the use of plaster, wood and mat. The recent renovation done by Petsalis` descendants, carefully maintained the original character of the apartment as well as this magical 30`s atmosphere. That`s mainly why the designer Spiros Kontakis picked this very place in order to use it as a gallery that accommodates all his art work but also as his own home. Spiros` unique hand crafted objects, lightning’s and pieces of furniture co exist in harmony bringing a surreal balance between modernism and romanticism. The result, which betrays the artist`s intention to raise questions regarding the purpose of design in everyday life, is constantly challenging for the senses and stimulates the visitor emotionally and intellectually.