The Magnificent Greek Columns Collection

With a legacy stretching far beyond antiquity and, independent of the structures they support.
Greek columns are celebrated as works of art in their own right.

This collection has been inspired by the wondrous designs of the Ancient Greek Columns, the most recognisable feature of Greek heritage, known for their proportional design, symmetry, harmony, and balance.

Presented in minimalist design, these functional and decorative objects will bring home memories of Greece.

DECORATIVE BOXES

Elegant and convenient decorative boxes, made of premium grade acrylic.
Refined and functional keepsakes to complement contemporary home or office settings.
The Magnificent Greek Columns boxes are imprinted on the lid.       Learn more about this product here.

COASTERS

Useful, durable drink coasters made of highly absorbent natural cork. 
The deep groove base protects surfaces from spilling, rings and condensation marks. 
Laser engraved with the Magnificent Greek Columns.       Learn more about this product here.

PAPERWEIGHT

Practical paperweight to keep important pages, receipts and memos in place at the office or at home. 
Expertly crafted in premium-grade acrylic.
The Magnificent Greek Columns are imprinted on the top.       
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About Greek Columns

Columns were an architectural invention enabling the support of ceilings without the use of solid walls. They increased space, allowed the entrance of light and offered an alternative elegance to buildings.

Precise mathematical calculations were used to determine the height, width and other characteristics of these architectural elements. Blocks of marble and limestone held in place by bronze or iron pins make a flexible system that still withstands earthquakes.

To make columns look perfectly straight, they were bowed slightly outward to compensate for the optical illusion that makes vertical lines look curved from a distance. The marble surfaces were smooth, curved, fluted, or ornately sculpted to reflect the sun, cast graded shadows and change in colour with the ever-changing light of day.

Ancient Greek architecture was to have profound effect on Western building conception of later periods. Around the world today, Greek-inspired designs can be seen in monuments, government buildings and private houses having borrowed ideas from some of Greece’s most famous landmarks.

Ancient Greek columns have been classified within three architectural orders – Doric, lonic, and Corinthian. The orders differ in the shapes of the columns and decoration of the capital.

DORIC ORDER

The earliest and simplest, characterised by a plain, unadorned capital and a sturdy column that rests directly on the stylobate of the Temple without a base. 
Columns are channelled with 20 flutes. The Doric order finds its fullest expression in the magnificent Parthenon (c. 447-432 BC) on the Acropolis of Athens by architects Iktinos and Callicrates.

IONIC ORDER

Notable for its graceful proportions, a slender, fluted column with opposed volutes in the capital and a solid sculpted or plain frieze stands on a large base.
The 6th century BC Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, is an exemplary lonic design; the 425 ft. high and 225 ft. wide Temple has 127 60 ft-high marble columns.

CORINTHIAN ORDER

Defined by its elaborate, ornate carved capital, decorated with two rows of acanthus leaves and four scrolls, the slender column is vertically carved in 24 flutes. The 5th century BC Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae in Arcadia, Greece, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the earliest monument built in all three orders including      the oldest surviving Corinthian capital.