Psacharopoulos House is an authentic and historic holiday villa built during the middle of the 19th century.
How would you describe Naousa Villa in a nutshell?
Naousa Villa is a beautifully restored villa with a saltwater pool overlooking the sea. It is set among exotic Mediterranean gardens on the edge of the historic village of Naousa on Paros island. It has been designed with a contemporary interior that retains the simplicity of local traditions.
What is the story behind Naousa Villa and your inspiration to create it?
This is the family house that my parents stayed in over many years of visiting Paros. When we purchased the land, there was a one-level house on it with a large amount of land relative to the village. This is quite rare in Naousa, as most of the houses are small and positioned right next to one another. We decided to add an extra floor to get the panoramic views across the village and the bay.
How would you describe the atmosphere and the interior design of Naousa Villa?
We work as architects and furniture designers in Paris, so we did all of the interior design ourselves. We were inspired by the context and what was local while also bringing a contemporary touch. Most of the buildings in Naousa are protected, so you’re limited in terms of what you can do architecturally.
As a result, most of our contemporary interventions were in the interior — the fireplace, the pivoting oak doors and the sliding doors — as well as in the design of the swimming pool. In the bathrooms, we designed washbasins using beautiful marble from different parts of Greece. There’s a roughness, which is part of the Cycladic identity, but also a sophistication in the contemporary décor.
For the garden, we worked with a French landscape designer who specialises in creating dense, arid gardens. We are excited as it grows and matures over time.
The house combines traditional Cycladic architecture with contemporary interior design and decoration; inspired by Californian modernism, Scandinavian and Japanese design, and the Art Déco and Arts & Crafts movements. Noble building materials, such as chestnut wood beams, extra-large flagstone floors and precious Greek marbles, feature throughout the house, giving an understated, timeless sense of luxury and elegance.