An 1800-urban residence at Kolonaki was fully renovated to house “Monsieur Didot”. But who is this mysterious gentleman?
April 21, 2022
Where Sina meets Didotou Street, in a quiet corner of the otherwise cosmopolitan Kolonaki district, an iconic neoclassical building built during the 1800s was fully renovated by the team of Babatchas Design Studio to house the new landmark of the area, Monsieur Didot Boutique Hotel. From the first moment, we wondered who this mysterious guy was; maybe a true person or a fictional character of the old Athens? Until one sunny morning, our riddle was solved by one of its creators, Mrs. Natalia Georgopoulou.
Everything started when the team of Monsieur Didot, started to work on a project about the creation of an accommodation space in Athens. So, driven by their promising attempt, they decided to open the dustbin of history and shed light to all these amazing stories that have been hidden in the junction of Sina with Didotou Street for many years.
“As you can see, the team that conceptualized and constructed Monsieur Didot loves Athens a big time, sometimes in a subjective and “stubborn” manner”, says Mrs. Georgopoulou. She believes that every corner, especially in the center of Athens, has an interesting story to narrate, and it only takes someone to hear and discover it, passing from the past to the dynamic present, as if there was a time machine…
Among these stories is the one of “Monsier Didot”. Firmin Didot, was a French man and offspring of a family of pioneering printers, inventor of stereotype and creator of the famous “Didot” font, the “common” that are used in the printing of greek publications until this day.
Hence the name of Didotou Street in Kolonaki, which was named in the honour this French pioneer and philhellene, who became a source of inspiration for the creation of “Monsieur Didot”. This fantastic …character is ready to tell you his own story through a hospitality of high aesthetics!