CULTURE

DESTE’s ‘Small Gifts, Great Wishes’

Nurturing its reputation as a small haven for those seeking fun pieces of art, the DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art’s Artstore is now hosting the «Small Gifts, Great Wishes» sale, featuring works by Greek and foreign artists and designers. Anticipating the year-end festivities, the store suggests decorative objects for the home, men’s and women’s accessories, and seasonal candles and cards. Artstore visitors will find, among others, Julie Belfer’s inventive notebooks; a selection of cushions and pillows with a plethora of motifs (from dogs to sequins); Ioanna Kehagia’s knitted dresses, jumpers as well as shantung kaftans; Jessica Mofat’s belts and jewelry made of feathers, beads and lace; Olga Mergou’s «conceptual bags,» inspired by chocolate, candy and biscuits; cool «Your Lips,» «My Lips» coffee and tea mugs; Kyriakos Karatsoulis’s colorful candles in all sizes and stripes; Maryli Lavranous’s handmade greetings cards; Katerina Pleioni’s bags and fancy jewelry with organza and safety pins; as well as Nina Papaioannou’s must-have hot and sweet vanilla-chocolate candles. The season’s star object, however, is the multiple freeze-frame camera, available in two styles: minimalist and futuristic. Also on display are items made of wood, such as music boxes, offering a dose of nostalgia, as well as penguins and snowmen and reindeers, while aluminum objects will give extra shine to all those Christmas trees out there. Artistic jewelry At the Tesseris Epoches in Kifissia, Carolina Doriti is curating «Extra,» an exhibition focusing on artistic jewelry. Beginning December 18, 10 Greek designers begin a creative discussion by showcasing pieces from their most recent collections. They are working with a series of materials, ranging from the traditional to the innovative: silver and bronze, for instance, mixed with pumice stone, shells, rare gemstones, plexiglass, fabric and ribbons. Participating at the Tesseris Epoches show are Kelly Arnaouti, Xenia Vitou, Christina Kotsilelou, Katerina Kouri, Vaggi Mariolou, Yiannis Michailidis (Ten-Ten), Katerina Savvopoulou, Alexis Tetsis, Mara Trahanatzi and Faye Hadji. «Small Gifts, Great Wishes,» at DESTE, 8 Omirou Street, Neo Psychico, tel 210.672.9460. To January 12, 2003. «Extra,» Tesseris Epoches, 13 Aghios Dimitrios Square, Kifissia, from December 18 to December 29.