Megalochori is a mountainous village in the southern part of Lesvos, known for its natural, raw beauty. Synonym to “away from it all”, this slow-paced village has proved to be the perfect “nest” for Koukos de lab. A place where time flows at its own pace, where someone can pull the plug to recharge through nature, Megalochori proved to be the perfect location for the flourishment of our novel idea, driven by our need to appreciate both nature and design.
Lesvos "A Plane tree leaf in the middle of the Aegean Sea..."
Surrounded by lushes green pine tree forests, one of which is located on Koukos mountain and has been the source of our inspiration, Megalochori is known for its dense flora and fauna, as well as its excellent microclimate that form a unique ecosystem. The design lab is located in the heart of this luscious traditional village where an old coffee shop (kafenio) used to be. Meticulously restored with attention to every single detail, this small lab is the heart of “koukoutsi eco material” and represents the eagerness of its founders for authenticity and locality.
Our material “koukoutsi” has a story to tell and our lab is part of this story, a small hidden gem amongst pine tree forests and dense olive groves.
Irene, the managing director and co-founder of Koukos de Lab, works to ensure that projects are developed and delivered to their full potential. With a background in economics, marketing, and Young Entrepreneurship, Irene's work with corporations has instilled in her a deep intuition for the nature of building client relationships and collaborations. At Koukos de Lab, she leverages her experience and her high aesthetics to create tailor-made client experiences and project management processes.
Interior and Product Designer
Christos is one of the founding partners at Koukos de Lab with experience as an Interior architect, Product and Furniture Designer. Trained at both The University of West Attica and Birmingham City University, Christos mixes design and sustainable thinking with the conceptual thoughts and visions that bring creative projects to life.
During his undergraduate and postgraduate studies, he participated in Design competitions such as the International NEU NOW Amsterdam Festival 2015 Competition and London Design Biennale. His working experience was also as a teaching assistant
at the University of Birmingham and an Academic Scholar at the University of West Attica.