Category: Turkey

The House Hotel

Another cool looking hotel in Turkey that has recently opened is The House Hotel in the Nişantaşi district of Istanbul. Designed by more Turkish talent – Seyhan Özdemir and Sefer Çaglar of Autoban. You may already be familiar with their furniture and lighting collection available through De La Espada, however the dynamic duo has been very busy designing some very stylish interiors, including the 208 restaurant on Hollywood Road in Hong Kong.

I think this might also be on my accommodation wish list when I finally get to Istanbul…what do you think?

Edition Hotels – Istanbul

One of the cool new hotels I mentioned in my previous post is the newly opened Edition Hotel in Istanbul, designed by Gabbellini Sheppard & Associates (with the spa designed by Hirsch Bedner & Associates). The second project in the brand new Marriott/Schraeger portfolio (see my previous post on the Waikiki Edition), the Istanbul Edition is contemporary luxe hotel design at its best.

The lobby and public spaces are a breathtaking symphony of natural materials: different textured and organically veined stones perfectly offset the diamond-matched timber veneers.

“Espa”, the in-house spa is just stunning. It looks incredibly calming, and I love the combination of marble and bronze – a material I feel is very under used in interiors. The combination of geometric forms and timber inlays also helps to remind you where you are.

But, its the Guestrooms I’ve fallen for. Big time. I think I will definitely have to stay here if and when I get to Istanbul. Cocooned in either light or walnut timbers they look very restful.

With a few more hotels set to open in the near future (including Bangkok, a little closer to me) it seems Edition could be on a bit of a roll. I just hope they keep me in mind if they ever want to open a hotel in Hong Kong 😉


Turkish Delight

I think I’ve caught the travel bug. Either that, or its my up coming trip to India that has me constantly daydreaming of far off exotic and quixotic places. Turkey has been high on my go to list since it didn’t quite make it on the itinerary of our European expedition a few years back. Needless to say I was excited to see these images land in my inbox of the work of Turkish designer, Deniz Tunç. Based in Istanbul, Tunç designs products and interiors that are modern and elegant and infused with a little bit of ottoman flair. This is just a small selection of the products and interiors she has designed. If you want to see more, head over to her website

After a host of very cool hotels have opened in Istanbul and Antony Todd has an outpost there, I think I need to get myself there post haste!