Istanbul

Grilled.

Grill is the latest furniture design from Zeren Saglamer. It is a beautiful combination of line, shape and form, in a half solid, half hollow visual that combines a cage like structure with a solid surface. The solid surface is available in either Carrara marble, teak, or walnut and is combined with a black metal frame that doubles as a hanging rack for reading materials. The look of the piece is stunning especially when seen against a white or solid color surface with the grid creating optically vibrating field that is in juxtaposition to the calm of the solid surface. Based in Istanbul, Salamer  has a background in industrial design as well as fine art. She is the head of XS Design studio who specialize in furniture, industrial design, lighting and interiors.

If you want it and you have $1300.00 to spare,  Grill is available through Selectivism.

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Coke Gets Immersive at Santralistanbul’s Galeri 1 in Istanbul.

Over the last few years as projection mapping has become all the rage for large scale product announcements, we have seen it go from novel, to immersive, to in many cases just projecting motion graphics on the side of a building.

Projection mapping has become so popular that with many examples you see today, the object that has something mapped onto it is no longer transformed. That object is simply a movie screen to shoot images on. So when I see something that truly transforms the space and the experience it gives me hope that the medium hasn’t jumped the shark.

For Coca-Cola’s 125th Anniversary Exhibition’s Future Room concept, Antilop transformed Turkish modern-art museum Santralistanbul’s Galeri 1 into an immersive environment by creating 90 square meter of 270-degree projection system. The video is impressive, but I’m sure it doesn’t do justice to the actual space. The motion graphics and animations that were created for this piece by Can Büyükberber for Antilop are really well done, and the 270-degree experience looks like it helps sell the visuals by allowing the floor and ceiling to become part of the working structure.

I’m not sure how I feel about Coca-Cola basically advertising in an art gallery and calling it art, but the work is impressive none the less.

Client:Coca Cola
Agency: Boogy
Location: santralistanbul
Date: 07.12.2011
Duration: 4’30”

Creative Directors: Refik Anadol, Maurizio Braggiotti, Efe Mert Kaya
Art Direction,Visual Artist : Can Büyükberber
Production Director: Serkan Arslan
Sound Design: Kerim Karaoğlu

Technical Company: Visions

Monday Morning Find. De La Espada’s Box Sofa.

De La Espada’s Box Sofa, designed by Istanbul based Sefer Caglar and Seyhan Ozdemir for Autoban, just made my Monday morning. I had actually seen this a few months back, but it just sort of got filed away and forgotten.

Available in both oak and walnut the Box Sofa doesn’t hide from it’s mid century modern influences with narrow tapered legs and the button tufted leather cushions. This sofa is so striking with its minimalist clean forms that it appears new and fresh, yet they would be at home in any of the case study homes from the 1950’s and 60’s.


I love the narrow legs that support the frame of the furniture. It almost creates a floating effect as the main portion of the sofa appears to hover above the floor as the legs visually fade away.

There are two versions (compact or large) which differ by aproximately 15″ in width. Box Sofa is available with a wide range of upholstery options and runs about $5700.00.