Ayazpasa House in Istanbul

published in: Interiors By Tina Komninou, 12 March 2009

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Architects: Seyhan Özdemir and Sefer Çağla
interior: Autoban
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.

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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.

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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.

Photo © Richard Powers. All rights reserved

Photo © Richard Powers. All rights reserved

Photo © Richard Powers. All rights reserved

In the bedroom and dining room this is portrayed by the ornamental ceiling which contrasts the unity of a set era by tiling a wall with glossy fillet tiles in the dining and irregular painted brick in the bedroom.

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The majestic mosaic flooring, the painted gold radiators, the rich dark wood flooring everything in this residence has a significant meaning which through its structural looseness it does not dominate you to think about it.
When projects like these are created we get inspired and are happy to see thinking outside the box and even happier to know that Cinderella has replaced the dusty fire place with gold painted heating system.

Some more images by Yatzer's favorite photographer, Richard Powers, are posted below. Enjoy them!

Photo © Richard Powers. All rights reserved

Photo © Richard Powers. All rights reserved

Photo © Richard Powers. All rights reserved

Photo © Richard Powers. All rights reserved

Photo © Richard Powers. All rights reserved

Photo © Richard Powers. All rights reserved

Photo © Richard Powers. All rights reserved

sources:

Richard Powers, Autoban

  • friend
    yatzerina | 2009-03-13 10:53:17

    Great House... But, who is this Tina Komninou person? Her writing is amazing! You read her texts and at the same time you feel like you enter into the houses/spaces she describes! .... Her writing makes you travel all around the world! Great writing .....great personallity.

  • friend
    Sarah | 2009-03-13 17:50:29

    I totally agree with you. great photos as well, this place is a real gem.

  • friend
    Hanlu | 2011-01-09 05:20:12

    What a beautiful place to reside in. Just simply gorgeous. The arches on the doors are so delightful.

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