On a beautiful day in October 2015, Alexia Lundgreen did something she had never done before: she bought a sewing machine. It was the first step in making a 20-year-old dream come true. “It’s in my blood to design patterns. Making textiles is part of my colourful family story,” says Lundgreen. From an early age, the Belgian-born interior designer was intrigued by her father’s stories about the family – especially about her great-grandmother Olympia. “She grew up in a Greek textile family in old Istanbul around a hundred years ago, when the city was still the heart of the Ottoman Empire.”