In the heart of the city of Heraklion, the team of our office Manousos Leontarakis & Associates, undertook the design and decoration of seven modern apartments, intended for short-term rental. The interior of the apartments was designed in such a way that there are no strict spatial boundaries that restrict movement within them. The aim was to produce an Airbnb project that transcends the narrow confines of the typical bed and breakfast concept, therefore creating spaces that boast the highest standards of comfort and design elements. The basic requirement was the reformation of both the functional structure and the aesthetics of the spaces with the aim of redesigning a set capable of meeting the modern needs of the user. Our main concern during the design was the creation of spaces with high aesthetics and quality. Emphasis was placed on the textures of the materials as well as the lighting to highlight them in the best possible way. The dark brown shades of wood used on the surfaces of the furniture, the gray marble floors and the black metal elements, create an image of modern luxury with brutal details in every corner, giving the space an absolutely minimalist design. Clean forms, quality lighting, highly aesthetic materials and smart electro-mechanical facilities make up the environment of a luxury hotel, as was requested by the owner of the space from the beginning, creating the perfect port for demanding and continuous travelers who know well how to live in the moment, while home for them is every place where they can place their suitcase
Our office, Manousos Leontarakis & Associates, undertook the design and decoration of a two-room women's clothing store in the city center of Heraklion. The conception of the concept is directly influenced by the Greek summer. Minimal elements and materials such as white marble and natural shades of wood, as well as carefully selected metal structures, give the space an intimate atmosphere that transports you to a Greek island. Our client's main wish was for the small area of the showroom to appear large and the design of the space as well as the choice of materials was based on this line. The style is fresh, with our colors ranging in earth tones, giving a clean and relaxing style. The lighting study played a central role in the design, as the spaces and the light work in a complementary way, highlighting each other
One of the largest chains of electrical goods in Crete, ELECTRONET Pitsoulakis – Robogiannakis, continuing their dynamic course in the field of technology and electrical and electronic devices, entrusted our office Manousos Leontarakis & Associates for the architectural and decorative design of their new store, in an effort to continuously develop the company's potential. Our new collaboration results from our already very successful partnership in the past with the owners, since it is essentially an extension of the company's offices, which were created in 2020 in completely new facilities with a total area of 1295 m², covering with this investment the needs of the company. In 2023, ELECTRONET Pitsoulakis – Robogiannakis, in the context of its steadily upward trajectory, is coming to add another service point to its potential, creating a completely new exhibition space, seeking to meet the needs of even the most demanding customer. The design team of our office proceeded to study the project, always having as a guide the quality, functionality and modern aesthetics of a space. With care we proceeded with a design adapted to the constantly changing market trends. We have created compositions adapted to the type and style of the products, with innovative solutions that will facilitate the store's service team as well as the customers themselves. The color palette and the materials used refer to a strictly industrial style and style, perfectly combined with the colors of the brand itself.
RENT ROOMS BUILDING
The increased demands for housing in recent years lead to the need to create new accommodation spaces. Our office Manousos Leontarakis & Associates was very pleased to undertake the creation of a new complex of modern rental homes. The purpose is to provide modern and furnished apartments, where it will offer the tenants all the comforts and facilities of a hotel, creating an ideal lifestyle. So, our goal is to create a unique environment, adapted to the needs of its occupants. Let's not forget that short-term rental apartments are now part of the tourist market and not just the market, with the needs and demands of this huge audience growing. Therefore, the design of the apartments was based exclusively on the creation of modern, comfortable and useful spaces, which have as their ultimate purpose the hospitality of guests, while at the same time ensuring the timelessness of the investment for the owners.
The Savoidakis company continues to travel its great path, remaining the largest chain of pastry shops in Crete and beyond. Our office Manousos Leontarakis & Associates, with special honor, continues for more than a decade the perfect collaboration that it has maintained, all these years, with the Savoidakis family, a family that with passion and consistency has succeeded through its many years of leadership in her field. This time it is about the complete renovation of one of the stores of the chain, where the study and redesign of the space were done with special care, so that the result will be particularly tasteful and friendly to the buying public. This of course had to be done in full function with a space where it will be highly functional. Of course, the decorative style followed by the rest of the stores was preserved, with elements that are now a trademark of the chain, making them stand out for their own personal identity. The store has a wide range of bakery and confectionery, with an impressive display through the windows, with internal LED lighting inside them and modern decoration, lining them with wooden slats in the natural shade of oak and black antique granite. Most of the walls have been clad in decorative tiles, while a large and impressive bottle rack adorns the store, detailed with various shades of marble. Finally, the external surfaces of the walls have been covered with the characteristic white brick, which has been placed in the other stores, giving a more retro image to the entrance of the store.
COMPLEX OF MEDICAL OFFICES
Our office, Manousos Leontarakis & Associates, undertook the architectural and decorative study of a building, with a total area of 210 square meters, where it is going to house modern clinics of various specialties. Our basic principle during the design was to balance ergonomics and functionality with the aesthetics of the space. At the same time, we could not overlook the needs of doctors as well as the requirements of the law, for each specialty separately. Knowing that a patient's visit to a doctor is accompanied by mixed feelings of anticipation and anxiety, we took care as the main concern of the decorative and architectural composition to create a modern space with strong elements of relaxation and comfort and a particularly friendly atmosphere, thus facilitating the relationship of doctor with the patient. The composition of the materials chosen played a catalytic role in creating a beautiful atmosphere. Simple lines, warm earth tones of wood, natural materials and neutral tones of gray dominate alternately throughout the spaces. In all the clinics, special furniture constructions were designed to serve even the smallest need of doctor and patient, obeying at the same time the modern sanitary and medical specifications
In the city of Heraklion, the team of our office Manousos Leontarakis & Associates undertook the renovation of two standard apartments, with a total area of approximately 60m² each, with the aim of converting them into two modern shortterm rental residences. The concept, as well as the design line we followed, is mainly characterized by simple lines and clean geometries. In order to maximize the use of the spaces, we proceeded with the demolition of some partitions, while at the same time we created new ones in combination with glass elements, achieving in this way the integration of the private spaces with the communal ones. The main materials used are metal, glass and wood in the natural shades of oak, but what gave identity to the two residences are the exposed beta roofs, which automatically setting a completely industrial and extra modern character. Finally, it is worth noting that all the constructions and furniture that we designed specifically for each apartment follow simple and clean lines, characterized by simplicity, giving the space a sense of calm and relaxation.
Beloved and always timeless in the city of Heraklion, the 50-50 restaurant known to everyone for many years, turns the page and continues to write its own successful story. 50-50 changes the neighborhood, changes the atmosphere and mood, but takes with it all the memories and unique moments, after twelve years of continuous operation. Our office, Manousos Leontarakis & associates, is very happy to be part of this change, undertaking the architectural design and decoration of the new space that will host 50-50, aiming at renewing its identity, always with respect to its path so far. The basic design was based on the creation of a space that will give shape to the idea of a new type of Greek tavern. Drawing elements and influences from the traditional Greek tavern, we managed to bring it into harmony with modern references, introducing guests to an intimate and modern Greek dining area. The interior is strongly dominated by the dark shades of wood, stone linings on the walls as well as the natural handmade terracotta tiles on the floors. Particularly, custom made, metal lighting bodies adorn the ceilings, while at the same time different lighting scenarios create changes in the atmosphere of the space and offer different spatial zones. Finally, colorful dried plants on the walls and ceilings reinforce the image of a warm and welcoming space, which was the main desire of the owners from the beginning.
Our office, Manousos Leontarakis & associates, undertook the architectural study and decoration of a single-family house, with a total area of 370m² in Hersonissos of Heraklion. The residence is built on a plot of 2,360m² without a slope but with an enviable view towards the Hersonissos bay. The plot diagram, as well as the building rules led to the creation of a three-level building. The basement accommodates additional uses such as a play room, mini cinema, bar, a master bedroom with private WC and wardrobe as well as a comfortable laundry room. The ground floor includes the common areas of the residence, such as a large and welcoming living room, the dining room and the American-style kitchen, where it traditionally focuses on the need for large spaces. So, following the line dictated by a typical American kitchen, we created a comfortable island and a spacious dining table, large drawers and cupboards. On the floor there are three luxurious bedrooms with comfortable living areas and a central bathroom that serves the needs of the floor. Finally, the composition is completed with the swimming pool, which follows the direction of the residence and immediately next to it an outdoor living room as well as a barbecue with an outdoor dining area at the back of the house. The lighting study carried out also played a very important role, which contributed to highlighting the architectural features of the residence, but also to harmonizing it with the impressive natural landscape offered by the location.
The well-known and always beloved PASTARELLA goes to the beach and very soon will be ready to welcome us with a new store, this time on the seafront of Heraklion. Continuing our many years of cooperation, we were very happy to undertake the design and decoration of the new store that is to be added to the family. The design line we followed and the concept emerged through our desire to discreetly highlight through design the Italian character of the restaurant. Construction details and objects invite the visitor to gradually discover the Italian mood of the space. The space of the restaurant occupies a total area of 210 sq.m., which includes the main hall, the brewery and an open kitchen, the ancillary areas and a large impressive wine cellar which will host dozens of wine labels from domestic and foreign producers. Upon entering the restaurant, the eye catches the elongated "carpet" of square tiles, which create a chessboard pattern around the perimeter of the hall, an element that adorns the facade of the store. Most of the restaurant is dominated by gray and charcoal shades, thus creating a quiet background, wanting to direct the visitor's attention in specific directions, such as the open kitchen, the compositions of colored glass that exist in various places and the perforated sheet metal structures that embrace the columns. Finally, a reference point is the traditional wood oven, which is part of the open kitchen, where it comes to complete the atmosphere of an Italian restaurant with references to traditional techniques through fine dishes of modern cuisine.
The new jewelry store brings to our city an air of luxury and modern aesthetics, which will soon open its doors in the heart of the center of Heraklion. Our office Manousos Leontarakis & Associates, with great pleasure undertook the design and decoration of the space. Our main concern during the design was to preserve the company's heritage and to highlight in the best possible way its long course in the field of jewelry. Our main desire was to create a modern and at the same time timeless space, where it will exude the glamor and elegance that befits jewelry made of precious metals and precious stones, which will be hosted by the space. Dark shades combined with details in the shades of copper and walnut have been chosen on most surfaces, while the marble upholstery on the walls and benches, give an air of luxury and elegance. Special emphasis has been given to the study of lighting, where it was carried out with the main goal of highlighting all the elements and details, giving a more dramatic atmosphere to the whole space, serving the best display of jewelry.
QUICK & FRESH
The confidence for the renovation of its space, showed in our office Manousos Leontarakis & Associates the all day cafe & snack bar "Quick & Fresh", in the area of Hersonissos. The goal of our team was to create a space with modern and fresh aesthetics, with bright colors and numerous levels of materials and textures, which will be able to catch the eye and attention of every passerby, inviting him to try one of the many healthy snacks contained in the store catalog. The leading role in the space is played by the wooden bar, which serves as a preparation area for snacks and drinks, which in itself was a design challenge for us as in addition to the aesthetic part, the functionality and full use of its ergonomics had to be ensured. space. Wooden and metal constructions in funky colors combined with tiles, large size and natural marble look, compose the perfect backdrop for a playful renewal of your Instagram flow.
The renovation of the Oasis Hotel in Heraklion, Crete, was undertaken by our office Manousos Leontarakis & Associates. The basic approach of our idea was the universal remodeling of the hotel experience that the accommodation will offer. During the initial study, special emphasis was placed on the functionality of the premises, in order to maximize the satisfaction of the quests as well as to increase the ease of their service. Particular emphasis was given to the aesthetic part, setting the space as an opportunity for the accommodation to acquire a specific direction and identity. The influence for the definition of the concept, came from the name of the hotel itself. The central element of the decoration of the rooms is the materials where they were used, such as wood, stone, metal and natural paint, giving the environment of relaxation and calm along with a more tropical mood. In the space there are details of ethnic and tropical elements in the furniture but also in the decorative objects, while the fabrics that have been chosen are mainly linen and organic cotton in dark tones. A reference point is the outdoor area of the hotel and the place that hosts the main pool, with intense and dense vegetation of tropical trees and plants, really giving the visitor the feeling of being in a true oasis.
The design and decoration of a new private mental health center was undertaken by our office Manousos Leontarakis & Associates. Our main concern was to create a comfortable and warm space, where the patients will feel comfortable during the psychotherapy, making them want to come back again for the next one. The design is based not only on its architectural and decorative purpose but also on the scientific work served by a psychologist's office. Knowing how important the decoration of the space plays in the experience of the patient and with increased awareness about the needs of the end users, we approached the space with conscientiousness. Relaxing colors, rich textures in furniture and constructions as well as wooden surfaces in the natural shades of wood have been used mainly in the space, giving the space a modern aesthetic. Special emphasis has been given to the lighting of the space, since the right intensity and shade of light can positively affect the mood and well-being of the customer, through a more relaxed and friendlier atmosphere. Finally, it is worth noting that the furniture has been chosen very carefully, so that the patient feels comfortable during the session, having the opportunity to choose between very comfortable chairs and a couch, which is a symbol of the psychotherapeutic session.
This time, we made a personal bet with ourselves. Our office Manousos Leontarakis & Associates, with great pleasure undertook the design and decoration of a new Boutique Hotel, which will be housed in a listed building, in a magnificent location, overlooking the port of Sitia. The design approach is mainly the creation of a boutique hotel with urban origins, giving the feeling of a European apartment of the 50's. With respect to the building, we decided to keep more of the decorative elements that are required, such as the painted ceilings, which inspired the design of the furniture for our team. The concrete tiles with retro patterns, is another element that has been preserved in several areas of the hotel, giving the opportunity to the visitor to get to know the aesthetics and the traditional style of past times. Natural materials such as wood and marble give a sense of luxury in the interior of the rooms, while the walls and ceilings are decorated with elaborate plaster decorations. Special attention and detail have been given to the design of the furniture, with special custom-made constructions mainly from bronze, brass and wood. Emphasis has also been placed on the fabrics in the entire interior of the rooms, with expensive velvet and luxurious fabrics to cover the backs of the beds and the armchairs, thus composing an environment of another more romantic era.
Sea Side Resort & Spa Hotel, a hotel in Crete located at the top of the preferences of those who seek to create unforgettable holiday memories. This summer a new tasting experience awaits its visitors, presenting the new Umi Restaurant, what Asian gastronomic innovation has the best to show. Excellent fusion dishes, exciting cocktails, but also an atmosphere of mystery travel the visitor to Asian cultures. Our office, Manousos Leontarakis & Associates, undertook the design and decoration of the restaurant with the main goal of combining different elements of Asian culture, combining three of the most important cultures of Asia, that of Thailand, China and Japan with Japanese culture being the basis of the design process. The visit to the site is based on three different scenarios. The first scene unfolds outside the restaurant where an open layout and high visibility has been created between the kitchen and the customers. Inside the restaurant where the second scene of the script takes place, the idea was perfectly connected with the pursuit of coexistence of the simple interior architecture that is the beginning of Japanese philosophy with the high gastronomic quality of the menu. Finally, the protagonist of the third scene undoubtedly plays the sushi bar, in the center of the space, where the chefs prepare in front of the customer the various sushi options. Special emphasis has been given to natural materials and custom made furniture, in a strong combination of industrial elements and grayblack shades on the floor and on the walls, composing a more minimalist image in the whole space.
PETOUSIS HOTELS & SUITES
The capacity of the Petousis Hotel & Suites is growing and a branch of twentytwo new rooms will be completed soon, which will be ready in the coming months to gladly accommodate its first guests. The Petousis family, who have trusted our office Manousos Leontarakis & Associates for years, entrusted us with the architectural design and decoration of the new complex. The basis of our design proposal was mainly to be able to highlight in the best way the peculiarities of the existing structure. At the same time, our priority was to maintain the style and character of the existing building, which is located right next door, wanting to project these elements in an ergonomically and design-more imaginative way. The interior of the rooms is dominated by comfort and warm atmosphere, which every traveler is looking for. Decoratively, we followed a modern and at the same time urban perspective, thus helping the visitor to feel at home, with austerity and simplicity in design.
The luxury hotel Stella Palace, a hotel of unparalleled aesthetics and architecture where it always tries to follow the latest trends of the global tourism industry, once again pioneers and decides to make a difference, creating a state-of-the-art Water Park, completely innovative for the Greek data, while expanding the existing park, offering its visitors a unique experience of carefree. Our office Manousos Leontarakis & Associates, gladly accepted this new challenge and will once again work successfully with the Stella Hotels Collection family. Committed to innovation and passion for design, we tried to create an aquatic world where young and old will have the opportunity to play and have fun in the unique and innovative, high quality and safe water slides, reserved exclusively for this park. Countless thematic and color choices come to match perfectly with the geometric shapes where they create water games and give the space a pop and funky character, making even the older ones feel like little children. At the same time, among the numerous water slides, dining areas have been created, giving visitors the choice between ethnic cuisines, grills and fast food, while at the same time the area hosts a bar for those who wish to take a break and enjoy their cocktail or their drink and continue playing a little later.
PHILEMA – BRUSSELS
Our office, Manousos Leontarakis & Associates, this time travels abroad, to the center of Europe, to meet Greeks who keep the Cretan tradition alive. The assignment concerns the renovation of a Greek restaurant, which is located in the heart of Brussels. The goal of our team was to create an environment that will be shaped in such a way as to turn the visit to the place into a trip to Greece and Crete for those who miss it, but even for those who have not yet visited. Through colors, materials, textures and decorative elements that evoke a Greek mansion of another era, we managed to transfer the warmth and hospitable atmosphere of our homeland to a country of western culture. The interior of the restaurant is organized in three different halls, the kitchen and a bar located in the middle hall, while each of them draws on references from Greek restaurants of the 50s and 60s. Wood paneling covers the perimeter of the wall surfaces, in combination with tile-brick in shades of ocher. In each hall a different ceiling has been created, distinguishing with this the areas of the restaurant, with main materials wood and metal. The use of wood, marble and metal is not limited to decorative details, but also applies to furniture. So, in this way and the choice of these materials, colors and fabrics, a homely warmth emerges in the whole restaurant.
Paris air brings to the city of Heraklion, a new perfume shop where it will soon open its doors in our city, with our office Manousos Leontarakis & Associates undertaking its design and decoration. A wide range of perfumes from branded perfume houses, shower gels and soaps will adorn the shelves of the perfume shop, giving the possibility to choose between more refined and economical solutions for perfume lovers. Our goal was to make the customer experience when entering the store, a special experience, a journey through time and a tour of the birthplace of traditional perfumery. Based on the fact that for some the perfume is a "fetish", we designed a space that will activate all the senses of the visitor. A variety of materials are intricately combined with each other to give the space an air of luxury and grandeur. Marble surfaces, meet ornate custom-made furniture made of wood and gilded details. The simple design of the space, in combination with the choice of luxurious materials, stems from our main desire to create a "world of perfumes" simple, but at the same time majestic.