Our photographer friend in Athens, Lydia Chroni, tipped us off to Proposa, a restaurant housed in a former glass factory in Athens' bustling Rouf neighborhood.
Proposa takes its theme from the railroad tracks that run right outside the building; inside, the interior features an edgy mix of graphics and innovative lighting, including pendant lamps by Moooi. Known for its Mediterranean cuisine and affordable wine list, the restaurant offers open-air dining on the square facing St. Basil's Church during the summer. The new Benaki Museum is right around the corner. Designer Alexandros Tsikordanos of 360id preserved some of the factory's brick walls and covered others with cheeky stencils by artist Manolis Angelakis.
Above: The new knotty-pine ceiling introduces a warmer element to the otherwise contemporary dining room.
Above: The dining room seating is Stefano Giovannoni's stackable Chair First for Magis.
Above: A graphic mural by Manolis Angelakis depicts the cooking process as a circuit diagram.
Above: Exposed ducts and the original factory windows are softened by Dome Pendant Lamps from Moooi.
Above: The floor alternates bands of hardwood with strips of polished concrete, breaking up the large space.
Above: Minimalist light fixtures, custom-made by designer Alexandros Tsikordanos, have a pleasing geometry against the limed brick wall.