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Project of the Week

Istanbul Coffee Shop & Store by Gülmen Architects

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  • Design House: Gülmen Architects
  • Project Name: Istanbul Coffee Shop & Store
  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Area: 52m²

Husband and wife, Şeyma İlçel and Ahmet Vedat Gülmen are the Turkish architects who like to think bold.

Recently, they designed a wonderfully flamboyant accessories store-come-coffee shop in Istanbul.

Take a quick tour of this project below.

The Cafe uses bold colours and shapes throughout.
The Cafe uses bold colours and shapes throughout.

With a desire to capture the interest of Turkey's most fashionable audience, current trends dictated several of Gülmen architects choices when designing this café in the country's capital.

The almost entirely pink interior reflects the current - and seemingly steadfast - interest in millennial brights while the use of velour fabrics and copper finishes mimics the recent rejuvenation of 'retro' inspired design.

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We designed this store & cafe using contemporary trends likes arches, round forms, terrazzo and lots of pinks!
Neon lights are used to draw the eye to the retail aspect of the store.
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Neon lights are used to draw the eye to the retail aspect of the store.

Neon lights are used to draw the eye to the shoppable aspects of the store, serving up both function and style. They emphasise the curves and shed a spotlight on the bags for sale, ensuring that the retail elements of the store aren't lost amidst the striking design.

Neon lights draw people to the accessories.
As a designer, I wanted to add my own interpretation to the 'arch forms' which have been used by so many recently.
The bar at the back of the store is made of bold terrazzo surfaces.
The bar at the back of the store is made of bold terrazzo surfaces.

From the entrance of the store to the bar at the back, terrazzo surfaces are used to draw all aspects of the space together cohesively. The glazed surface of this material, paired with the geometric language of the arches, circles and spheres used throughout, provokes something of a futuristic feeling.

Interestingly, this aesthetic works very successfully with the size of the store. By creating such a bold look in the - relatively - limited space that the designers had to work with, customers are submerged into an "experience" when visiting the shop. An "experience" also known as a trend-seekers paradise!

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