Ileana Makri — Athens, Greece
With her eponymous line still making waves after two decades, few understand the power of first impressions like celebrated Greek jewellery designer, Ileana Makri, whose new flagship Athens-based store is defined by a monolithic black oak door, flanked by asymmetrical stone-framed windows. Outfitted by architect Stelios Kois, this mysterious façade sets the tone for an enchanted forest within, which sees the designer’s intricate collection hanging from glass and metal ‘trees’. Natural, unprocessed materials such as timber, bronze and sedimentary rock feature throughout, referencing Makri’s penchant for nature and symbolism in her designs, which are inspired by her Greek roots and extensive travels. An art installation that slow-releases smoke and creates a veil of fluctuating transparency is the final touch, completing the shop’s vivid sense of enclosure.