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My Trip to Greece, Pt. 2: Antonis Kastrinakis

Nikos Vernicos is one of my favorite clients. He and I go back many years. In 1996, Nikos saw an article about me in Architectural Digest and invited me to design a home theater for his house in Athens. I accepted gladly, and we became friends. That theater—the Sifnos—was the first of many projects I did in Greece. In 1997, it won CEDIA’s Best Home Theater award.

Antonis Kastrinakis

theater photos by Phillip Ennis

Nikos is an avid collector of modern art. A year ago, I visited him at his house in the suburb of Glyfada to see if anything in his collection could be adapted for Rayva. There were many exceptional art pieces everywhere the house. But what drew my attention was a piece of sculpture by Antonis Kastrinakis. It was a stylized boat—a simple cutout in primary colors that I saw right away as something that could be developed into a design for a Rayva theater.

Antonis Kastrinakis

A few words about the artist: Antonis was born in Athens in 1958. In 1976, he started participating in painting workshops and in 1978 he entered the Vakalo School of the Arts, from which he graduated in 1981. Since 1988, he has had sixteen solo exhibitions and has participated in many group shows in Greece and abroad.

 

I finally met Antonis during my recent trip to Greece. His studio is in the Keramikos neighborhood of Athens, and his work fills to the brim the entire space. I felt like a kid in a candy store. I had a hard time figuring out what to choose and what to leave out.

Antonis Kastrinakis

I now need to select one or more of Antonis’ pieces and develop 3D renderings of a theater featuring the artwork. The renderings will help me adjust their scale to the size of a typical Rayva interior.

 

Following this introduction, I will describe the process of developing specific Rayva design themes featuring the work of this exciting artist.

—Theo Kalomirakis

Theo Kalomirakis is widely considered the father of home theater, with scores of luxury theater
designs to his credit. He is an avid movie fan, with a collection of over 15,000 discs. Theo is the
Executive Director of Rayva.

New Designs: Meet Sculptor Antonia Papatzanaki

The idea of curated artwork has been on my mind since Rayva was created. I never saw the company as a platform for my own theater designsthere is TK Theaters for that. My goal with Rayva is to meet artists whose work and vision coincide with my ownthat is, creative artwork used in such a way that it transforms a simple space into something visually dynamic and exciting. The art is meant to enhance the sense that these theaters are conduits to the world of home entertainment.

 

To find new artists, I considered having competitions at art schools, but the bureaucracy of the educational system made me stop trying. During the same time, I reviewed the work of a number of artists but nothing clickednot because their art wasn’t good but because it’s hard to find work that can be adapted for a home theater without making the room look like an art gallery.

 

A couple of months ago, I was introduced to Antonia Papatzanaki. When I saw her workexpressive light sculptures that convey a fluid sense of movementI knew instantly it would work for Rayva. A few weeks later, I met Antonia at her studio in Chelsea, New York’s gallery district. Other than her initial aesthetic concern about how her sculpture would be incorporated into a theater environment, we hit it off right away and decided to work together.

 

Our next meeting was two months later in her studio in Athens, Greece. There we addressed and resolved her aesthetic concernwhich wasn’t hard because I think Antonia sensed my good intentions. We then focused on how to create for Rayva a limited edition of an artwork that can cost thousands of dollars a piece without making the theater so expensive it would be priced out of the market. This is still our concern, but with the trust we’ve developed between us, we are well on our way to resolving the issue.

 

The short video above gives you a glimpse into Antonia’s creative mind as we develop the first curated artwork for Rayva. To see the complete interview, click here.

—Theo Kalomirakis

Theo Kalomirakis is widely considered the father of home theater, with scores of luxury theater
designs to his credit. He is an avid movie fan, with a collection of over 15,ooo discs. Theo is the
Executive Director of Rayva.

Antonia Papatzanaki

Antonia Papatzanaki

Born on the Greek island of Crete, Antonia
Papatzanaki
was educated at the Athens
School of Fine Arts and
 the Vienna
Hochschule f
ür Angenwandte Kunst. She
acquired her Master of Fine Arts degree
from the Pratt Institute in New York.
Antonia has exhibited widely in many
notable solo exhibitions and has also
participated in numerous group exhibitions
in Europe, Asia, and the United States. She
is the recipient of many prestigious awards,
in addition to winning competitions for the
creation of public art installations. Antonia’s
work is included in numerous private,
corporate, and museum collections. She
currently maintains studios in Athens, Greece
and in New York City.