A talk with Stones & Walls
27.11.19

A talk with Stones & Walls

Stones & Walls is a full service interior design firm based in Athens, founded in 2009. Especially known for the work done in the hospitality field, the studio approaches new projects focusing on innovative design solutions and natural materials, in order to create warm and comfortable environments. We met co-founder and architect Afroditi Bonatsou, who told us about the history of the company and her working process, the importance of sustainability and the secrets of hospitality with regard to interior design.
Stones & Walls is a full service interior design firm based in Athens, founded in 2009. Especially known for the work done in the hospitality field, the studio approaches new projects focusing on innovative design solutions and natural materials, in order to create warm and comfortable environments. We met co-founder and architect Afroditi Bonatsou, who told us about the history of the company and her working process, the importance of sustainability and the secrets of hospitality with regard to interior design.
A talk with Stones & Walls

How did you get passionate about architecture?

It started when I was very little, I always loved to transform a place and bring new life to it. I try hard to find a concept and create something unique.

When did you decide to start Stones & Walls? What’s the history of the firm?

Back in 2009, when I felt there was a gap in the market for design studios that deliver turn key projects. Me and my husband own the company, he manages the projects and controls the financials and I am in charge of the design studio. Since then and many projects after, I could say we are mostly known for the individuality of our projects in the hospitality field, in Greece and abroad.

What’s the most difficult part of your job? And the one that you enjoy the most?

It is very difficult to be able to communicate with the workers and to handle and deal with the problems that you face during construction in order to deliver the desired result. Of course, the most difficult part is to come up with an original idea, but the most enjoyable stage in our job is the last day of a project, when you see it completed and then it starts the desire for a new one!

Greece is well known for its ancient and classic sculptures and architectures, artifacts of timeless beauty. Do you think that this precious heritage has somehow influenced your personal approach?

I admire the ancient culture, I see it as a base of the hard work and effort to design in details, but I think I am mostly influenced by the modern and Nordic style. I also like to use our natural materials and create an artisanal result which definitely represents our philosophy.

The most enjoyable stage in our job is the last day of a project, when you see it completed and then it starts the desire for a new one!
A talk with Stones & Walls
A talk with Stones & Walls

What’s the first thing to do when you start working on a new project?

Make a mood board, find references that can match the project and begin in the right direction. Even organize a trip to a place that will help us define the style and concept.

We noticed that you designed a lot of hotels and dining. What are the secrets of hospitality when it comes to architecture and interior design?

The secret is to find the right design that matches the target group of the requested subject. Concept, original elements and natural materials that create and immediate impact for a warm ambience which will make the guests feel welcomed and unique.

How much is sustainability important in your practice?

Nowadays sustainable materials are gaining a major place of importance and impact in interior design interpretation. To me, sustainable design is still about functionality and form, but the experience people can get from material adds a new dimension to creativity. I look for materials that have references to natural environment and can be used in unique ways.

A talk with Stones & Walls
A talk with Stones & Walls

When did you first hear about Mutina?

From our friends that own Moda bagno, Interni stores. They showed me the first collections, I loved them instantly and since then I use them in each project, always a different one. I also visited the fantastic showroom in Modena which inspired me even more about how important is to create something perfect!

Do you have a favourite collection?

I can’t choose, each one of them have something unique and cool. Maybe I am just more into Tratti.

Have you ever used Mutina collections in an unusual way?

I have used them in all unusual ways. I made tables, I used them as rugs, in the middle of rooms or to divide and give borders, I made backdrops for furniture, a bar elevation turning to floor, counters for bathroom sinks, shower mats… it never ends.

The experience people can get from material adds a new dimension to creativity.
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