Location: Mykonos, Greece
Architectural design & Masterplanning | K – Studio
Interior design & styling | Studio Bonarchi – Vangelis Bonios
Αrt direction | K – studio & Studio Bonarchi – Vangelis Bonios
3D Visualisation | Cloudn9
Lighting Design | CPLD
Project Manager | Black Hawk
Visit HOTEL: Kalesma Mykonos
Photography | Yiorgos Kordakis
Photostyling | In Collaboration With Anestis Michalis
Kalesma is the fruit of a stitchless collaboration between K-Studio, Studio Bonarchi in interior design and styling and the hotel owners, that binds modernism with the local tradition, reinventing mykonian hospitality by proposing a laid-back experience of island living.
Kalesma is not really a hotel. It is a village, in the traditional Mykonian sense. There is a local saying, that when a couple marry they make a village, meaning that they will build a home that will grow, over the years, to accommodate generation after generation of their family. Kalesma reimagines the concept of the extended family home, as an intimate hospitality destination that invites guests to connect to the essence of Cycladic life.
Embracing the raw beauty of the arid rocky landscape and dark blue sea, and taking inspiration from the simple honesty of the island vernacular, we have designed a ‘village’ of whitewashed studios and villas arranged parametrically, as if pixelating the landscape, around a central ‘plateia’ or communal space. Sitting on the spine of a hill in the north-west part of the island it is uniquely positioned to enjoy views of both the sunrise to the east, and the sunset to the west. The communal social areas, wellness area and boutique are located at the uppermost part of the site, to ensure that these views can be appreciated by every guest as they relax, swim in the pool or dine on the terrace. Close by a traditional stone ‘Aloni’, a circular structure used for grinding wheat into flour, has been retained and repurposed as a meditative platform from which to enjoy the sunset.
Accommodation is compiled of 25 suites and 2 villas, each with their own private pool terrace and sea view. Internal and external spaces are equal in size and seamlessly connected. Entry is through a small courtyard that offers the chance to ‘de-sand’ in the external shower. The suites are divided into a sleeping/living volume and a bathing volume, and space is shared equally between them so that both activities can be enjoyed in balance. The volumes frame the terrace which features lounge and dining areas looking over a private pool to an uninterrupted view of the Aegean.
K – studio
Studio Bonarchi is a boutique interior design agency conceived by Vangelis Bonios. Constantly focusing on incessant research into texture, composition, colour, ambience and local history, Studio Bonarchi creates refined, timeless interiors and love-to-live-in spaces. A distinctive noble simplicity, with an eye for detail consist the Studio’s identity.
Vangelis Bonios is an interior designer, curious by nature, striving for harmony and balance in every stage of his research, in every detail of his work. He holds a Master’s degree in interior design that he obtained next to Pr. Patricia Viel, co-founder of “Antonio Citterio and Partners” in Milan. This cherished encounter gave Vangelis, at an early stage of his studies, the opportunity to acquaint himself with high-end projects (such as Bulgari hotels and Valentino boutiques) from the creator’s point of view. Fine materials, simple and pure lines captured his attention from the very beginning of his work. During his fifteen-year partnership with “Zege Architects” as a head interior designer, he participated into large scale projects like “The Met Hotel”, a Design Hotels member, and “Astir Palace Hotel”, next to other demanding projects like yachts’ interiors and private residences.
By creating Studio Bonarchi, a boutique agency founded on creativity, on ideas and beliefs that reflect his personal vision on aesthetics, Vangelis Bonios works with a team of young designers and local, experienced artisans to design bespoke interiors with a strong visual impact. His projects, whether at the scale of a residence, a restaurant or a hotel, awake emotions and stand out for showing respect to context and tradition. A certain sense of understated, low-key luxury, achieved through the use of fine materials and attention to detail, emerges as the very essence of Studio Bonarchi. With an open eye towards the global interior design scene, Vangelis Bonios approaches every project by exploring its intrinsic environment, always based on his love for the diverse vocabulary of interiors.