LjHabitat Edition 24

The cultural and historical traditions of ancient Turkey have been whole-heartedly embraced and re-imagined to produce the stunning inaugural furniture collection from Zeynep Fadillioglu Design. The collection, which was successfully launched at international trade fair Maison & Objet in Paris last September, features tables and seating pieces and is reminiscent of eastern design traditions, while adding a western flavor through visual and tactile aesthetics. Designer Zeynep Fadillioglu aims to create pieces that

have both “a local feel and universal appeal”. Growing up in the culturally diverse neighbourhood of Bosphorus, Istanbul, Zeynup’s childhood

enjoy international recognition throughout her career, including the noteworthy feat of being the first woman to design a mosque after designing the Sakirin Mosque in 2009. Drawing on these experiences as well as the rich culture and history of Istanbul, each piece in the new furniture range tells a story based on traditions of the ancient Ottoman, Islamic, Seljuk, Anatolian and Byzantine civilizations. Continuing the custom of high- quality craftsmanship, each piece is also handmade using traditional techniques.

home was abundant in handcrafted wares and

textiles, where Sèvres and Meissen china, as well as Fabergé pieces, were lavishly displayed. With Zeynup’s grandfather being a key player in the textile industry, she was privy to all things design from an early age. Zeynep completed an Art History and Design course at the Inchbald School of Design and has since gone on to

Sir Chest 1, copyright Belgin Coleri

Sipahi Side Table, copyright Belgin Coleri

Kazan Couch 1, copyright Belgin Coleri


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