The new project by Athens based, self-taught artist-designer Stamos Michael, – under the title hybrid design rental -, introduces a tactile and personal approach to short-staying in the city of Athens, one that revisits lapsing notions of inhabitation of the old neighborhood, with a contemporary, informed gaze that disrupts the normative expectations of standard design form. It was an abandoned family home before its owners invited the designer to turn it into a one-bedroom rental property; you can book it nightly like an Airbnb, but it’s not exactly on Airbnb. From November to April, it’s used as an exhibition and program space for Grace, the agency and arts organization run by Michael and three of his fellow Athens creatives.

Filled with designer furnishings and local contemporary art, it’s almost like a gallery you can (sometimes) pay to sleep in. Simple and graceful classic exterior here is decorated with an unusual light blue shade with olive shutters – an interesting and very fresh combination! The interiors are further striking with a bold color scheme and especially designer furniture and decor, sometimes of rather extravagant forms. For booking inquiries, head to Esperinos’ website.

Photography : Margarita Nikitaki

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Anastasia is the lead author of She has studied English Literature and Psychology in the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens as well as Interior Design & Architecture in AKTO College. She works in the field of Higher Education and has a special passion for cozy interiors.

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