Apartment in Istanbul
Seyhan Özdemir and Sefer Çağlainterior:
location: Beyoglu, Istanbul
The transitional trend became the cure to those who had a traditional element inside their veins but got suffocated in a classical marbelesque residence, and at the same time appreciated and related to the simplicity of modernism but felt too cold around it. You may actually say that the idea of merging these two styles together under one roof was absolutely waiting to happen..Throughout the years we have been bombarded with such interiors, the bad were truly very bad and the good were truly very good. Many can say that this is something that does not speak to them, while others can simply dislike it , however we all have to respect the chaotic balance and the union of these two styles in the interiors that absolutely do work.
One of such interior is the Ayazpasa Apartment in Beyoglu, Istanbul. This is where the modernized Cinderella would have lived after she had divorced the prince for her independency, bought this as her own castle and succeeded in a career in advertising heading up her own company. This private residence expresses nostalgia together with an honest clarity and modernity. Every single decorative furniture item or light fixture plays a leading role and all the structural details are perfectly controlled in order to maintain a neutral balance between old and new world. This residence has a feel of Circa now with a longing of the then.
The kitchen is a pure example of this. The ceiling detail is aristocratic and it is controlled by the strict marble island screaming of simplicity and edge underneath it. Both of these materials are rich and high end within their domain. They demand respect but they are interpreted in a completely different language. This playfulness while maintaining the value of importance is what makes this interior special.