As their business name suggests, industrial designer, Dianna Karvounis and architect Vivian Philippa struck an almost immediate creative synergy that has continued to flourish. Their Athens based design firm, Two Is Company now attracts a long list of international clients since it was founded in 2009.
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Drawing on their rich Greek cultural heritage, the two combine their skills to create furniture, lighting, objects and spaces that borrow from ancient Greek symbols of the geometric era, fusing it with the art movements of the 20th century, art deco and early modernism, all of which have made a heady comeback in recent years.
Dianna who received her Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College and a Master of Industrial Design from Pratt Institute in New York has previously run her own design studio, producing furniture and lighting for high profile clients such as Nike, Grecotel Hotels and Astir Palace. Vivian Philippa studied architecture at the National Technical University of Athens and has worked in theatre and museum design along with restoration projects of historical buildings and hotel refurbishments.
Speaking from their luxurious art deco showroom in the fashionable suburb of Kolonaki, they describe what they believe has been the secret to their success.
“We don’t sacrifice aesthetics for functionality. There are some small compromises to ensure balance exists between the two. We understand it as a unity… Scale which is one of our favourite tools is shaped in our minds like a set of stairs. So depending on which step you are standing on, you look at things differently. “
You can visit Two Is Company’s showroom in Athens by appointment only.
36 Loukianou St Kolonaki
T. +30 210 7254 844
UPDATE: Two is Company has since rebranded itself with the name ‘ANAKTAE’.
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This video forms part of a series developed by LoveGreece.com that is inspired by the dynamism and creativity of the Greek entrepreneurial spirit. Founded in 2013, the initiative aims to boost and promote Greece’s image abroad by profiling talented and successful entrepreneurs and professionals. With their ethos and vision, these pioneering Greeks are an important part of Greece worth sharing with the world. Powered by Gina Mamidaki, founder of the G & A Mamidakis Foundation.
CREDITS: Direction & Post Production: CuePoint | Camera: Aris Georgiou | Production Co-ordination and Interview: Elena Priovolou | Texts & subtitles: Elena Priovolou | Project Manager: Kyriaki Kostolidou | Project Director: Vassilios Bartzokas