For her new collaboration with Crate and Barrel Athena embraced the strategy throughout the selection: in the A Coste glassware, the Pompeii pedestal, the Cannelée vase sequence, mugs, and linen lamp shades. It all commenced in the fluted portal entry of her Brooklyn toilet, a room in her residence that provided tiny utility—or as most designers could see it, an option to make an region as impactful as possible. “On my grasp floor, architecture informed the place,” Athena points out in her book Live Attractive. “Grand double doorways led to the master bathroom, boasting an old-environment type bathtub, plaster walls, and a marble hearth, but the hallway in concerning served no objective,” she continues.
The solution lies in classical architecture. “Obsessed with gathering plinths and pillars for the house, I was attracted to historic Greek marble columns, but it was not until I observed a wood-paneled home at the College of Padua created by Gio Ponti that I located what I was after. I wrapped fluted plaster up the walls and over the ceiling…,” she says. Athena brought in Kamp Studios to bring her vision to everyday living and the look has soared in attractiveness ever given that (not to mention cemented their standing as the leader in the aged-planet plaster system).