Chryssi exhibits her work and concerns herself with decorative specifications for clients in her sleek modern Athens studio, yet behind the contemporary sheen is a deep-rooted devotion to the timeless tradition of sculpting wood and other inherently Greek materials into objects, hence its name which suspends time and defies strict definition.
Chryssi Kaloteraki designs and creates home objects derived from high quality natural resources such as marble, clay, wood and woven fabrics
Studio Forever was energetically recommended to me by the web design company which constructed this site. The showroom with its grey, Zen interior displays the objects in a somewhat cramped surrounding. It has a with a cool vibe juxtaposed with the bubbly personality of their creator Chryssi Kaloteraki. She designs and creates objects derived from high quality natural resources such as marble, clay, wood and woven fabrics. They are characterized by the simplicity of their design, a timeless aesthetic and their durability.
These decorative and useful objects encompass platters, coasters, tumblers, bowls and bottles as well as linen or cotton place mats. These grace their surroundings with their pleasing shapes, textures and are also inimitably useable all through the home combining the silhouette of modern living with a hint of nostalgia.
Chryssi Kaloteraki designs and creates objects derived from high quality natural resources such as marble, clay, wood and woven fabrics. They are characterized by the simplicity of their design, a timeless aesthetic and their durability
The brand nestles under the umbrella of the furniture manufacturer Kaloterakis founded in 1976 in Rethymno, Crete which established itself with the same criteria of simplicity and quality. Chryssi studied economics and business as well as graphic and interior design in both Greece and England. She was able to combine these two faculties enabling her to experiment with drawing and graphics and consequently textile design whilst still maintaining an active hold within the family business.
She experimented with form used in furniture production, downscaling them for use as home accessories. Growing up in Rethymno, she was greatly influenced by the recollection of her father’s first workshop where the craftsmen would sculpt wood with the adoration and passion typical of Crete.
Studio Forever collaborates with artisans from Crete and Athens who work with modern and traditional methods of crafting and most objects are handmade
Following the techniques and the tradition of their ancestors, Rethymnian craftsmen still exercise wood and stone-carving with care. In recent history, wood carving specifically, developed during the Byzantine period, was the main method for creating most religious items such as shrines, church iconostases, candlesticks, as well as furniture and other household items. Rethymno is one of the four prefectures of Crete and a region rich with ancient history, most notably through the Minoan civilization. It began to flourish as a city when the Venetian conquerors of the island added an intermediate commercial station between Heraklion and Chania.
Studio Forever collaborates with artisans from Crete and Athens who work with modern and traditional methods of crafting and most objects are handmade. Wood and marble sculptors give life to materials of the land by manufacturing elaborate works.