Enter any run-of-the-mill tourist shop in Greece and you’ll find any array of kitschy souvenirs–most notably miniature ancient Greek statues of naked men, evil eyes in various sizes and forms, and bumper stickers declaring things like “Milos is for Lovers”. Judging by the number of stores like this still in business all over Greece, tourists love this crap. I think it’s horrible. Which is why I practically squealed in delight when I came across Greece Is For Lovers. I’m not talking about the bumper sticker, folks. Greece Is For Lovers is the design brand founded by Athenian designers Thanos Karampatsos and Christina Kotsilelou.
Here’s what they have to say about their designs:
“The creative minds behind [Greece Is For Lovers] have introduced a new sense of “Greekness” to contemporary product design, by mixing up a concoction of their country’s spiciest ingredients: humor, irony, nonchalance and extravagance. Inspired by the stereotypical notion of what is widely held to be Greek, their designs comment on habitual activities and behavioral patterns both of the past and the present.”
Here’s what I have to say about their designs:
They’re amazing and smart and hysterically funny all at the same time. Other than that, I have no words. Have a look for yourselves…
And check out “Mr. Bones”, a skeleton covered in over 15,000 evil eye charms. It was made for Kiehl’s and then auctioned off for a charity fundraiser.
For those of you who don’t know, an evil eye charm supposedly protects you from the dreaded evil eye…which is essentially a dirty look, or when someone looks upon you with envy. We call this “matiasma” and it can bring about a slew of horrible symptoms such as headache, uncontrollable yawning and general feelings of malaise. Getting rid of the “matiasma” involves holy water, oil and prayer. People take it all very seriously. I think it’s a bunch of hocus pocus but I generally need me some science. Just ask “Mr. Bones”. Even 15,000 charms couldn’t save him from the evil eye.