It’s all Greek: authentic Hellenic craftsmanship with a global design edge

Themis Zouganeli draws on her travels for her crockery and accessories, all made in Greece

Themis Z’s new range of handmade crockery is decorated with striking red concentric circles
Themis Z’s new range of handmade crockery is decorated with striking red concentric circles

“Kyklos” means “circle” in Greek, and it’s an apt appellation for a new collection of handmade crockery and accessories by Greek label Themis Z. Motifs of red concentric circles appear on dinner plates (€45), platters (€100), bowls (€100) and espresso cups (from €35), and this week the collection went on sale online.

The collection includes espresso cups, from €35
The collection includes espresso cups, from €35

In addition to chunky crockery, which can be ordered bespoke or personalised, it features accessories such as woollen fedoras (€180) and leather totes and clutches (from €140).

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“The collection draws on minimal and repetitive patterns that I take from the neighbourhood streets of Athens, the slopes of Gstaad and my summers spent on Mykonos,” explains label founder Themis Zouganeli, an interior designer who divides her time between the three. Zouganeli herself may be a globetrotter, but her pieces are authentically Greek. Everything, from the leather she uses on her bags to materials such as marble, clay and linen, is sourced in Greece and made by a network of local craftsmen.

The range also features women’s accessories, such as wide-brimmed woollen fedoras, €180
The range also features women’s accessories, such as wide-brimmed woollen fedoras, €180

While she is intent on keeping Greek skills alive, Zouganeli is also keen to design items that encapsulate her own laidback style. “I like comfort and oversized, generous proportions,” she explains. “I would rather have one large vase than 10 small ones.” (Vases, €500, in shades of white and brown, are 47cm high.)   

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With this in mind, hand-stitched linen cushions (€100) are on the large side, wide-rimmed dinner plates measure 31cm instead of the standard 28cm, fedoras have large brims and some capes come with Dynasty-style shoulder pads.   

The collection can also be found at Themis Z’s first bricks-and-mortar boutique, which opens in Gstaad today.

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