Born in Athens during the interwar period, Alekos Fassianos (1935-2022) studied painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts, before moving to Paris in 1960 with a scholarship by the French Government, to study lithography at the E?cole des Beaux-Arts. During his Paris years he met and became friends with eminent personalities of the French avant-grade, such as Louis Aragon and Jean-Marie Drot. While he befriended the Surrealists in Paris, Fassianos did not follow the European avant-garde of the 1960s, focusing instead on developing his own creative vocabulary — one imbued with Mediterranean light and the simplicity of Greek classical and folk art. Over the years, he created a beguiling vocabulary of humane, uplifting iconography that is unmistakably his own and quintessentially Hellenic. He even designed the spaces he lived in following a salon approach, where every detail serves to create a harmonious whole.
The design language of Alekos Fassianos is characterised by simplicity and an imaginative, elevating mood, with his furniture reflecting his wider philosophy about human life: the artist believed that we should never rest on our laurels, and always seize the day to make the most of the life ahead of us. All his furniture is therefore designed for practicality rather than comfort and with the idea to keep its users actively engaged in body and spirit. At the same time, they are designed with a deep love for the human body, with smooth, rounded edges and using natural leather and materials that are friendly to the skin.