A DESIGN PROJECT /NO.21

I recently completed the interior of no.21 Hair Design Studio in Istanbul. 

The studio situated in Nişantaşı, a lovely neighborhood with a lot of nice shops and cafes. It is on the first floor of a historic building. The antique windows and doors,  high ceiling, wooden floors and the otherworldly light during the daytime are the things that impressed me the most and guided my design approach.

The idea behind the project was creating a really soft and calm interior, where people get together, share ideas, have chats and get inspired. İbrahim mostly works for fashion shootings and fashion shows. So besides hosting his customers, his intention with this studio was also doing hair rehearsals, meetings and simply working/experimenting. So I created many areas for socializing like the long wooden table in the main room, the library area with the chairs in front, and the balcony that faces the courtyard with the beautiful trees.
I mostly used wooden, glass and concrete as a material. And left the walls clean and white to get most of the daylight.

-All the furniture and the lightings are designed by me as well.-

Photo Credit: Mustafa Nurdoğdu

JARDIN MAJORELLA

I once read in an interview of an art curator about the choices we make. She says:

When you go to a restaurant you don’t order everything on the menu. Instead you choose one and you enjoy it, that is how it has to be in the galleries. You cannot see everything, you have to choose.
I am more then agree to her sayings and that is also my philosophy when I travel. I have never been ambitious to see everything or to taste everything, to take pictures of everything. Instead I and my boyfriend we enjoy the moment and we try to live the moment to the fullest.

The day we went to the Jardin Majorella, we were impressed a lot by the tranquility and the touching atmosphere of the garden. It was like we were in a place where the time stops. We spent hours to look all those different species of plants, to smell them. We had long chats, we took pictures, and simply enjoyed the enviroment. We had a lovely dinner in the cafe, situated in the garden, surrounded by flowers, odours and vivid colours.
I mostly took polaroids, while my boyfriend prefer an old canon with the films. I love how my polaroids comes out in seconds while we have to wait for his images for days.

I will share my polaroids in an other post and promise to share also İbrahim’s photos as soon as we develop them.

Photo credit: Yasemin Özeri & İbrahim Zengin

DREAMIN IN A RIAD

I love staying in local places. Most of the time with my travels, I prefer airbnb, or similar websites for my accommodations. This time with Marrakech, I booked a riad. Which I guess the best choice for Marrakech. For two reasons; first the city is a real chaos and it can be tiring so it is nice to turn back  to comforting room and relax. And I really loved the Moroccan architecture and it was so nice to stay in a historic place.

Riad Samarkand is situated in the old town of the city, which is very close to the famous square and to the must see places of Marrakech. The room where we stayed was very nice. And the breakfast was amazing. Every morning we had our breakfast in the charming courtyard with all those yummy jams, nice coffee and fruits.

Riad Samarkand is one of the reasons dreaming of going back to Marrakech.

In this post: Riad Samarkand

MUSEE RODIN

Museum of Rodin is one of the most beautiful museums in the world with stunning architecture and an enchanting garden with the sculptures.
I love seeing sculptures in the open air. It has something very appealing to me. It is like listening to music in the open air. You know it is totally a different experience compared to the music played in a room. The melody flies in the air and the your ears just catch the notes. Looking at a sculpture in a garden almost has the same affect. And one of the best part is that you can touch them, the birds can touch them, even the rain can touch them. And it makes the feeling so much different in so many ways. You just suddenly feel the sculpture has an all other life in the garden. (compared to a sculpture in a sterilised room where you cannot touch.)
It is a must seen place in Paris.

Musée Rodin
21, boulevard des Invalides
75007 PARIS