THE CONSTRUCTION OF MEGALI MANTINEIA

Constructing the place, which took eleven years, had its problems but also its festive moments and, due to its length, comprises a distinct period of the history of the building. We are going to devote here a whole separate section to the constructing effort. It was successful with the help and cooperation of a team of both self-taught as well as trained craftsmen, who managed to breathe life into new aesthetic quests, while smoothly overcoming the limitations posed by the building itself.

The outcome, thus, is a manifestation of the craftsmen’s enthusiastic improvisation, skillfulness and gusto. Its beauty - if any - is a result of the fun, the cooperation and the feelings of deep friendship that were forged among people along the way.

As for the decoration, most of the objects used were not found on the market, they were designed and bought over a span of thirty years. The style does not refer to a particular era more than any other, but it is the outcome of a long, personal travelling experience.

The craftsmen

(The men in charge of each crew)

  • The marble sculpture artifacts were made by Onoufrios Desypras and Lambros Diamandopoulos (Tinos) and Olia Theodorikakou (Mani)
  • The chandeliers, the iron floor chandelabrum and the iron tables were made by Dimitris Chantis (Tinos)
  • The folding screen (wood carving) is from Cairo
  • Τhe chests with the ivory are from Syria
  • The posters are from Poland (graphic design tradition 1960-1990)
  • The hand-made ceramic tiles are from Nicaea / Iznic, Bithynia
  • Tables, chests, beds and sofas from beech were made by Ahmet from Syria
  • Τables from walnut, door and window frames by Nikos Trahanas, Tripoli
  • Fireplace and bar by Fanis Ziazias, Levidi
  • Metal frame, chairs, bar, iron tables by John Aggelopoulos, Tripoli
  • Roof, wooden floors, decorative fixtures by Christos Cambelos, Levidi
  • Railings, metal door, cours anglaises by Panayiotis Zorbalas, Levidi
  • Fountain and bench of the yard by Costas Papatheodorou (craftsman: Yiorgos Coutroubis)
  • Wooden floor lamps by Gerasimos Kyriazis
  • Architectural design by Parpairis and Partners
  • Mechanical engineering: Philopemen Cardaras
  • Lighting: Dimtris Comiotis
  • Plumbing: Panayiotis Stamatis
  • Forged cement: Costas Louras and Christos Carvouniaris
  • Furniture: Dimitris Patsis (Casa di Patsi)
  • Straw decorative light by anonymous vendor
  • The stage and the figures of the shadow theatre: artists of Bursa
  • Works of art from her collection “The garden of Magritte” by Eleni Glinou
  • Handmade embroidery and the large carpet by Kalliroi Petrogianni
  • The stone construction, the wall construction, the floors and the coloured plaster were made by the crews of Thanasis Karayiorgos and Adrian Sela
  • Kitchen equipment by Dimitris Koulogiannis
  • Sound installation: Tasos Gavroglou
  • Photographs by Yiorgos Zafeiropoulos
  • Graphic design by Vangelis Kassavetis
  • Website by Leonidas Nassiakos
  • General tasks: Dimitris Mannelis

INFORMATION
Giannis Petrogiannis, tel. +30 694 574 5118

Constructing the place, which took eleven years, had its problems but also its festive moments and, due to its length, comprises a distinct period of the history of the building. We are going to devote here a whole separate section to the constructing effort. It was successful with the help and cooperation of a team of both self-taught as well as trained craftsmen, who managed to breathe life into new aesthetic quests, while smoothly overcoming the limitations posed by the building itself.

The outcome, thus, is a manifestation of the craftsmen’s enthusiastic improvisation, skillfulness and gusto. Its beauty - if any - is a result of the fun, the cooperation and the feelings of deep friendship that were forged among people along the way.

As for the decoration, most of the objects used were not found on the market, they were designed and bought over a span of thirty years. The style does not refer to a particular era more than any other, but it is the outcome of a long, personal travelling experience.

The craftsmen

(The men in charge of each crew)

  • The marble sculpture artifacts were made by Onoufrios Desypras and Lambros Diamandopoulos (Tinos) and Olia Theodorikakou (Mani)
  • The chandeliers, the iron floor chandelabrum and the iron tables were made by Dimitris Chantis (Tinos)
  • The folding screen (wood carving) is from Cairo
  • Τhe chests with the ivory are from Syria
  • The posters are from Poland (graphic design tradition 1960-1990)
  • The hand-made ceramic tiles are from Nicaea / Iznic, Bithynia
  • Tables, chests, beds and sofas from beech were made by Ahmet from Syria
  • Τables from walnut, door and window frames by Nikos Trahanas, Tripoli
  • Fireplace and bar by Fanis Ziazias, Levidi
  • Metal frame, chairs, bar, iron tables by John Aggelopoulos, Tripoli
  • Roof, wooden floors, decorative fixtures by Christos Cambelos, Levidi
  • Railings, metal door, cours anglaises by Panayiotis Zorbalas, Levidi
  • Fountain and bench of the yard by Costas Papatheodorou (craftsman: Yiorgos Coutroubis)
  • Wooden floor lamps by Gerasimos Kyriazis
  • Architectural design by Parpairis and Partners
  • Mechanical engineering: Philopemen Cardaras
  • Lighting: Dimtris Comiotis
  • Plumbing: Panayiotis Stamatis
  • Forged cement: Costas Louras and Christos Carvouniaris
  • Furniture: Dimitris Patsis (Casa di Patsi)
  • Straw decorative light by anonymous vendor
  • The stage and the figures of the shadow theatre: artists of Bursa
  • Works of art from her collection “The garden of Magritte” by Eleni Glinou
  • Handmade embroidery and the large carpet by Kalliroi Petrogianni
  • The stone construction, the wall construction, the floors and the coloured plaster were made by the crews of Thanasis Karayiorgos and Adrian Sela
  • Kitchen equipment by Dimitris Koulogiannis
  • Sound installation: Tasos Gavroglou
  • Photographs by Yiorgos Zafeiropoulos
  • Graphic design by Vangelis Kassavetis
  • Website by Leonidas Nassiakos
  • General tasks: Dimitris Mannelis

INFORMATION
Giannis Petrogiannis
tel. +30 694 574 5118

Levidi, Arcadia
220 02 Greece
T. +30 694 574 5118
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