Café Bar “Charmolypi”, Amorgos Greece

Completion July 2017.

On a picturesque square on the Greek island of Amorgos, the cafe occupies the ground floor of a traditional villa.

“Charmolypi“ in Greek means “sweet sorrow“. This relates to the feeling of simultaneous happiness and sadness, known so well to the human condition. It may be the sentiment at the end of a summer holiday. And this combined with the longing to remain and the hope of returning again soon…!

The interior is styled with objects found in Berlin flea markets such as lighting fixtures, mirrors and picture frames. The bar panels are comprised of re-cycled doors and shutter windows, found in the local junkyard on the island. The marble basin on the sewing machine base is also a local found object.

The picture frames enhance and re-inforce the theme of “charmolypi”. These are sayings and poets’ quotes on the topic of happy/sad, melancholy and longing…