This apartment belongs to Sefar Caglar, owner of an interior design and architectural firm called Autoban and his wife Merve Caglar, Executive Director of an association that supports contemporary art in Turkey SAHA.
I just love this apartment…it’s decorated in true contemporary style, combining modern design with classic materials. Walls and partitions have been demolished to give a feel of a loft bathed in the beautiful light of Istanbul.
Sefer likes to describe his home as a”contemporary house gallery” and I agree!…You can find a carefully curated art collection and some iconic modern pieces mixed with handmade pieces!… There is so much personality in this place and you sort of read their story when you walk into this home… Sefer and Caglar show us how it’s done… how a house can reflect the personality and lifestyle of the people who live in it without compromising in either style or comfort!
I have a confession to make!!! I have been obsessing over the Farid Rasulov installations for a while now!!! His installations are not minimal at all and very unlike me to like right?…. Well….I don’t know what’s come over me… but I really am considering converting one of the rooms in my house into something inspired by him?
The thing with Rasulov’s installations is that you’re surrounded by the familiar (chairs, tables and well rugs, rugs, and more rugs) and yet there’s something wonderfully off!! Something a bit crazy yet magical about the space. If I decide to devote a space like this in my house I will have to be a hundred percent committed or otherwise it just wouldn’t work!!!! As you can see below Rasulov took simple everyday interiors and covered every inch (and I mean every single inch) in traditional Azerbaijan carpet patterns, from floor to ceiling, from doors to bookshelves, right down to the individual books. Look at the details of the accessories like the flower arrangements, the plants and the chandeliers… The only point of contrast in his works are the minimal all-white sculptures of living creatures, like dogs, lions, birds etc that he places within.….
So? What do you think? Should I convert one room in my minimal home into a piece of art instead of putting art in it?
I think that the Boros home surpasses any home tour you have seen (in this blog at least). Art collectors Christian and Karan Boros bought a Second World War air-raid bunker in Berlin-Mitte and converted it into their private home as well as a museum where they exhibit their vast contemporary art collection…. They own over 600 art pieces!!
The bunker has an interesting history….Like I mentioned earlier it started as a Nazi air raid shelter or bunker for residents of the area. Then in 1945, the building was converted into a prison. After the war, it became a warehouse, first for textiles and then for produce. Since then, the property had undergone various reincarnations: a nightclub, a nonprofit organization, and an exhibition hall—until The Boros bought it in 2003.
They transformed the building’s roof into a penthouse apartment for themselves, leaving the rest of the floors for exhibition space. “We were inspired by the early works of the Japanese architect Tadao Ando,” Karan explains. “He uses smooth concrete with visible shuttering marks to create planes that capture light. We opted for this for the walls, but contrasted the coldness of the concrete with limestone floors.”
The renovation project took 5 years to complete. Meanwhile, Christian and Karan Boros visited antique dealers and auction houses, and slowly put together an array of furnishings that would serve as a framework for their art collection. The penthouse alone holds more than a hundred works….an eccentric and personal collection that reflects their passionate point of view.
The living and dining area are separated by an open concrete fireplace suspended from the ceiling which I really love…. I also love the mix of all the furniture pieces here… modern furniture pieces …… Warren Platner chairs and you see mixed eras here from the 70s chandelier to the 50s chairs mixed with Asian antique tables.
I love this library area and wonder what books they collect… I love the mix here again. The vintage sofa set was upholstered in purple velvet and the console in the background they got from Bali.
New and vintage furniture mixed with contemporary art … Here you see a Wolfgang Tillmans photograph of Kate Moss and what looks to me like an Asian antique table in from of the Zanotta sofa.
They kept the guest bedroom above quite simple yet with a really interesting mix again! Here they put The Barcelona Daybed by Mies van der Rohe on an afghan rug.
I just love their son’s bedroom…. no ugly plastic toys here and no theme that their son would outgrow …. and I just love the Moroccan Azilal rug and the tepee!
The 3-meter thick bunker roof was dug into to make room for the planting of trees and for a pool that is used for bathing and to reflect sunlight into the living area. Movable metal screens along the perimeter of the roof give privacy to the outdoor living spaces.
I love what Chris Nguyen wrote about himself in his About page in his Interior Design website ! “Artist by education, design director by trade, interior consultant by night, mid-century modernist by addiction, incomplete sentences by intention”
To me, it sums up his approach to the interiors he’s done as well!…. I just love his style very eclectic yet very curated at the same time…. I hope he shares more of his work on his website 😉
Going back to nature is back in fashion right now!!!… whether it’s in food, interior design, or high-end fashion!!!… In this Ukraine based project, Sergey Makhno Workshop used green and natural materials to create a loft-like space. I’m in love with the natural light that floods the apartment, and I recognize some of that lovely modern furniture I even have some of them on my wish list!… Though I must say that I wish they had a different dining table!!!
Hello, everyone, I’m back!!!!… Yes, I took a really long break, and left without any notice!!!….To be honest I needed a break from this blog and needed to collect my thoughts about where I wanted it to take me!!!!… The fact that I’m back today doesn’t mean that I finally figured it out… I’m back simply because I really missed this place…. And though that I would give it another chance!!!
Anyways… Today I’m posting about this beautiful nursery:
The ladies at Sissy + Marley have put together another beautiful nursery, and I just couldn’t resist sharing it even though it has been on other websites for a while….. I love how this nursery is crisp, clean and full of versatile pieces that will grow with any baby…. However what I love most is that it’s a gender-neutral space and it’s sophisticated enough to blend with the adult areas of any home… I’m a big fan of white on white textures and I think it’s done really beautifully in this space without being too monochromatic. I think that it was really smart that they left the toys to be the only pops of color in the space… this way the room can easily grow with whatever the kid is into and the color of the room (or even the theme of the room) can easily be changed with the toys!!
It feels good to be back!… It’s so good to be home!!!
This home has been renovated by BFS Design Flachsbarth Schultz. It’s a 1957 bungalow that was built in the middle of the Tiergarten Park in the center of Berlin. The former one family house was built for the International Building Exhibition 1957 (Hansaviertel) and has not been changed until now.
I am in love with that MCM fire … the whole place feels modern and fresh yet you still feel that the true spirit of the house is still there!!!
Two designers Gilles & Boissier live in this very stylish apartment in Paris….I love how they mixed classic and contemporary elements together and how everything seems to just work together!!!. They didn’t stop at mixing contemporary and classic styles but they even mixed designer’s items with stuff found at flea markets…. By doing so they made the apartment feel so personal…. so them!!!
I am in love with the white painted brick, the white beams, and the black floors…. I mean what a combination right?. A lot of people may see a black and white combination as cold and maybe a bit boring but I think that in this setting it makes perfect sense because it provides a blank canvas for art… It allows the art as well as the furnishings to breath and stands out…. Love it!