A chance encounter through a mutual friend in 2009 sparked a creative connection between industrial designer Dianna Karvounis and architect Vivian Philippa. Our shared passion for the sublime artistry and timeless aesthetics of Greek antiquity soon evolved into a fledgling business.
We called ourselves Two is Company, a reflection of our close collaboration and complementary skills. As our business expanded, our work evolved from architecture and interiors to encompass furniture, lighting, rugs and decorative objects.
In 2018, the moment had come to rebrand our growing company. Our increasingly international portfolio and expansion strategy called for a new name that better expressed our brand values and global outlook. A name that distilled our Greek heritage but spoke to the rich scope and scale of our work.
ANAKTAE derives from the ancient Greek word anaktor, meaning “palace”.
We devised a variation that reflects our brand’s exclusivity, individuality and feminine quality: the “ae” suffix is the female first person plural in Greek. In Minoan and Mycenaean Greece, the anaktor was much more than a royal residence: it was the heart of civic and cultural life, where the most skillful artists lived and worked alongside the ruling elite. Potters and priests, soldiers and sculptors, playwrights and philosophers, kings and courtesans all had their place in these self-contained universes – creative powerhouses where the acme of ancient Greek civilization flourished. So too, our studio embraces artisans and connoisseurs dedicated to the pursuit of perfect proportions, quality craftsmanship, and contemporary classics. Distinctive and unique, ANAKTAE has an intangible mystery that transcends expectations and categorizations.
Our logo represents the continuation of our creative journey. The interlocking lines and angles resemble the sophisticated layout of the anaktor, a geometric maze of corridors, ante-rooms, temples and chambers. Inspired by the Meander or Greek Key, one of the most recognizable motifs in ancient Greece, it also symbolizes victory, unity and infinity. Named after the mythical river Meandros, it embodies the ebb and flow of ideas and the everlasting bonds of love and friendship – the perfect metaphor for our enduring but fluid partnership.