The Villa Kerylos

The Villa is a faithful reconstruction of Greek noble houses built on the island of Delos in the 2nd century B.C. This island in the Cyclades archipelago is situated in the Aegean Sea, south of Athens. Far from being just a simple reproduction of dwellings on the island of Delos, Villa Kerylos is a reinvention of ancient Greece. From the arrangement of the rooms to the sophisticated detail of the décor, everything was designed to recreate the atmosphere of a luxurious Greek villa. For both men, the aim was not to produce a pastiche but to create an original work by “thinking Greek”. Emmanuel Pontremoli ingeniously managed to subtly incorporate the modern comfort of villas from the Belle Epoque era into the luxurious setting of a classical ancient villa. For example, the bath in the Balaneion (thermal baths) was filled with water using the taps hidden under round grates and the action of the astonishing folding piano designed by Pleyel is hidden in a case made from the wood of a lemon tree.

Museum: The Villa Kerylos
City: Beaulieu-sur-Mer
Country: France
Address: Impasse Gustave Eiffel