Eleni Kouineli + Stefanos Papadatos
Qupa is a Greece based creative arts brand formed in 2014 by Eleni Kouineli and Stefanos Papadatos, two architects who combined their passion for architecture and handicraft. Qupa designs and crafts objects that focus on form, originality and usability. The design process is inspired by architecture, sculpture and graphic arts. In a continuous search for new materials, the creative arts brand always tries to combine new technologies with handmade constructions.
Croquis by Qupa jewellery line is inspired by architectural plans of famous monuments, museums and other landmarks in Greece and all over the world. For the first time, architectural plans are imprinted on precious metals at such a small scale, while maintaining their proportions and identity. In this way the value of each piece is enhanced, since it combines the elegance of the material and the structure with the cultural value of the imprinted monument.
Croquis by Qupa ornaments adopt a novel approach in depicting buildings and monuments. The designs solely rely on floor plans, which emphasize architecture and highlight luxury. The floor plan lies at the core of architectural design, since a visitor can recognise it only after he has wandered inside the different rooms and spaces of the building.
Eleni Kouineli was born in Thessaloniki. She graduated from the Architecture School of University of Thessaly in 2005 and she holds a Mas (Master advanced studies) Degree in Genetic Architecture ESARQ, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya in 2008.
Stefanos Papadatos was born in Athens and graduated from the Architecture School of University of Thessaly in 2007. He has participated in numerous projects on architectural design and in international competitions. Stefanos’ work focuses on interior design for commercial spaces, installations and industrial products design.