Minas was born in 1938 in Athens. He trained as a goldsmith who from the age of 15 knew exactly what he wanted to achieve.
At the age of 30 he went to America. He lived and worked for 11 years in New York, as a freelancer and established his presence as a designer, creating pieces in gold and silver as solid materials, but never used stones.
In 1980, he moved his studio back to Athens to begin a new limited production of personally signed pieces. Minas has continued this tradition and still personally signs every piece he creates.
In 1983 he begins to experiment in industrial design and applies his engineering skills to the improvement of his workshop.
From 1986 he devotes himself to architectural design and constructs an extraordinary house on the Greek island of Mykonos marrying the Cycladic tradition with modern ideas.
In 1990, starts to design furniture and works in marble, wood and stainless steel.
In 1992 exhibits his work creations in Zoumboulaki gallery. For the first time presents a large selection of his designs in various materials. His designs are compact and they incorporate the human gesture. Soon after the exhibition, Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art embraces his collection with enthusiasm and displays a permanent exhibition.
The same year begins his cooperation with Georg Jensen silver smithy, on a range of designer’s products, as well as on a large collection of silver and gold jewellery. Four years later he presents his entire work in an exhibition in Copenhagen, the Cultural Capital of Europe for 1996. Minas is the first non Scandinavian artist to join the Danish firm.
In 1997 in cooperation with Georg Jensen launches the “watch” at the Basel Fair in Switzerland.
The First Minas store opens in Mykonos in 1998. The Designer’s touch is recognizable through his creations from the very first moment.
The same year Georg Jensen realizes in silver Minas’ design of the marble plate. The prototype is now part of a private collection in London. In 1999, Georg Jensen hosted a series of exhibitions in New York, London and Paris.
In 2002, the Greek major porcelain company ΙΟΝΙΑ embraces his innovative designs with enthusiasm and creates an outstanding series of porcelain items.
He collaborated with the Japanese company Isetan and created several pendants motivated by his collaboration, among them the “Eye Glass” and the “Initial pendants”.
On December 2005, he opened his flagship store in Athens.
“Harmony pre-exists in every one of us, since each of us hides within himself the need for harmony.”
MYkonos Promenade Project.
A PROPOSAL & AN IDEA
A FEW MONTHS AGO THE MAYOR OF MYKONOS, KONSTANTINOS KOUKAS TOGETHER WITH THE VICE MAYOR MILTIADIS ATZAMOGLOU AND THE CITY COUNCILOR MARIA KOUSATHANA APPROACHED MINAS, AN ESTABLISHED DESIGNER, IN ORDER TO INVOLVE HIM IN THEIR AMBITIOUS PLAN; THE RENOVATION OF THE HISTORICAL PROMENADE OF MYKONOS AND IT’S FURTHER EMERGENCE ON AN INTERNATIONAL LEVEL, THROUGH THE DESIGNERS EYES. HE ACCEPTED WHOLEHEARTEDLY AND WITH HIS ONLY CONDITION BEING THAT HE RECEIVED NO REMUNERATION FOR HIS WORK. HE WANTED THIS TO BE HIS GIFT TO MYKONOS. MINAS ENVISIONED HIS DESIGNS HARMONIOUSLY COMBINING MODERN ENGINEERING WITH CLASSIC CYCLADIC AESTHETICS.
INSPIRED BY THE SEATING OF ANCIENT GREEK THEATERS. THE BASES ARE MADE FROM WHITE DIONYSIAN MARBLE AND THE SEAT IS CONSTRUCTED FROM ASIAN TEAK WOOD BOLTED TOGETHER BY HANDMADE STAINLESS STEEL SCREWS.
THE VOLUPTUOUS SHAPE OF THE BENCH WAS INSPIRED BY HUMAN ANATOMY, DESIGNED TO BE COMFORTABLE AND SUPPORTIVE TO WHOMEVER SITS.
THE LAMP POST
MINAS DESIGNED THE LAMP POST WITH DUAL USAGE IN MIND. ON THE ONE SIDE IT WORKS AS A TRADITIONAL STREETLIGHT. HOWEVER WHEN SEEN FROM THE SEA, THE LAMP POST TAKES IN CONSIDERATION THE WIND AND ACTS AS A GUIDE FOR SHIPS. THE POST IS SHAPED AERODYNAMICALLY INTO A CONVEX TRIANGLE, WITH ITS POINT ALWAYS FACING NORTH. MADE FROM 316 STAINLESS STEEL AND GREY DIONYSIAN MARBLE, THE COMPONENTS ENSURE RESILIENCE AND ENDURANCE.
A BRAVE CONTRIBUTION
THIS AMBITIOUS PROJECT INTENDS TO TRANSFORM AND MODERNISE THE HISTORIC MYKONOS PROMENADE INTO AN OPEN AIR ART INSTALLATION WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY IMPROVING THE DAILY LIFE OF RESIDENTS AND THE EXPERIENCES OF TOURISTS. WITH THIS IN MIND THE MAYOR’S OFFICE
APPEALED TO LOCALS, FRIENDS OF THE ISLAND AND ART PATRONS, ASKING THEM TO BECOME BENEFACTORS OF THIS UNDERTAKING. IN OTHER WORDS EACH INDIVIDUAL, FAMILY OR BUSINESS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO “ADOPT” THEIR OWN BENCH OR LAMP POST AND TO HELP THE CONSTRUCTION WITH THEIR GENEROUS CONTRIBUTION.