Esto Association is based in Exarchia, Athens and was founded in 2021 by Markela Bgiala, Niki Danai, Konstantinos Doumpenidis, and Iro Karavia. It’s a creative association of designers-artists with multidisciplinary backgrounds. Our focus is the use of design as a medium to address current societal problems, and engage in political, social and humanitarian issues but also to work with clients on visionary commercial projects.
We want to highlight the generative power of design and the possibilities that artistic practices can open up in critical and socially active ways. For this reason, we focus on collaborations with art initiatives, non profit organizations / groups and institutions, and reach out to the neighborhood communities.
Our team has collaborated in projects and exhibitions with Open Fabric Studio, Typical Organization, HRO Studio, Centrum Berlin, ANKAA NGO, Un.Processed Realities, and The Epigraphic Museum of Athens.
We have also worked with clients such as COCO-MAT, KRAFT Paints, Thetis Concept Store, Krama Festival, Luisa World and State of Concept Athens.
Esto has been featured in various Greek media such as Lifo Magazine, The Telos Society and Design Society.
Esto shifts between art, creative direction, curatorial and design practices. By continuously expanding the boundaries between disciplines, autonomous works and commissioned projects our services include:
In the fields of strategy, art direction, photography, video and graphic design we translate the client's vision into a genuine concept that serves the requirements of the project.
We work on graphic and web design projects, as part of a whole branding strategy but also on individual projects.
We work on creative projects from commercial purposes such as interior and retail design to artistic spatial installations and exhibition design.
We design and create 3D or physical objects both for commercial but also for experimental, collectible or speculative reasons.