Mykonos – the Party Hotspot
The principal town of Mykonos, Chora, is made of many relatively small, cubic, whitewashed, minimal “volumes” spread in a maze across the land. Minimalism in the Cycladic complex was born out of environmental necessities (you can read more on different types of minimalism in this post here). The scarcity of forestry, the earthquakes and the summer’s hot temperatures, call for a white background with some rocky details for added texture and built-in furniture (beds and sofas). However odd this may sound, the lack of embellishment in these minimal settings is counter-balanced by the wild beauty of the rough landscaping.Moreover, luxurious hotels and rental villas built after the Cycladic minimalism have managed to exude a sense of “easy-living-in-glam-style” where comfort is a MUST. Such rental villas are for real big spenders and I assure you that they are fully booked since January, despite their price. (Come to think of it, it’s a pretty good investment deal if you ask me, given that you can afford it, because you can have a two week holiday in a buzzing island and then rent it off for the rest of the season for a guaranteed profit. Cool, huh?)
Now, let’s take a look at the indoors, starting off with the living room, its fireplace and its stunning rustic wood coffee table. The living room, dining area and kitchen lie in an open floor space with lots of openings to take in the outdoor views. Notice the orange, red and grey stripes on the throw pillows, that maintain the overall minimal character. The wood floor adds warmth and texture. The ornaments are scarce and so the impressive elements are the table lamp with the rocks in the sitting area and the black fish-net pendant lights in the dining area. The contemporary kitchen looks refined with a white subway tile backsplash, staying aligned with the “whitewashed theme.” The kilim rug in the kitchen is a great color addition and a nice homey detail. Whitewashed, small recesses and built beds, nightstands and shelves are huge reminders of the cycladic minimalism theme.