Kandilli House
Ali Bekman
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
FurnitureHamm
ChairsFlexform
LightingTom Dixon
FurniturePatricia Urquiola
Canasta
GARDEN LAYERS
FurnitureEumenes
Canistro
FurnitureBonaldo

Product Spec Sheet
Chairs
Lighting
Furniture
GARDEN LAYERS, Canasta by Patricia Urquiola
Furniture
Canistro by Eumenes
Furniture
by Bonaldo

Kandilli House

Ofist as Interior Architects

Kandilli House, a cozy little home in a pleasant garden facing the beautiful Bosphorus, was designed by Ofist as a synthesis of a village and a city house for a young man who has a life in between two chaotic metropolises like Istanbul and London.

photo_credit Ali Bekman
Ali Bekman

Kandilli House is a 100m2 cozy little home in a pleasant garden facing the beautiful Bosphorus, designed by Ofist for a young man in his mid 30’s, who tries to stay away from technology, avoids social media and most apps, although owning a successful technology based business. Originally from a Mediterranean village, he still spends all his vacations back home where he grew up and enjoys the peacefulness of the raw, primitive life.  He likes carpentry and spends time in the farm.  

photo_credit Ali Bekman
Ali Bekman

A life in between two chaotic metropolises like Istanbul and London, this little house is designed as a synthesis of a village and a city house.  It is designed for just the basic needs of the lessened life and not one single additional thing.  Very functional and just enough.  Nestling over Bosphorus, the traditional feelings, local textures, kilims, fabrics and habits act as the main characteristic of the house, where as the base design is sleek, modern and tranquil, since living and working in the middle of the busy city in the year 2020, requires a modern and practical living.

photo_credit Ali Bekman
Ali Bekman

In a calm and quiet home life, when gathered with friends, they make music with electronic and acoustic musical instruments like traditional saz, piano, oud, godin multioud and etc. He likes reading and gazing through encyclopedias a lot and spends most of the daily home life with books and musical instruments.  He collects rare books and engravings of Istanbul, especially of 17th century Konstantinapolis.  One of the two engravings in the house is Melling’s Buyuk Dere portrait, and the other is a rare old panorama. He doesn’t watch tv, but use it for Netflix and Playstation, but even then, he always has an instrument in hand.

photo_credit Ali Bekman
Ali Bekman

The living room is designed in two sections; one step elevated seating area to embrace the beautiful view and the garden which also hosts the traditional way of dining on sini (coffee) table, and the music corner in front of the fireplace. The continuous bookshelf connects both spaces.

photo_credit Ali Bekman
Ali Bekman

The shelving system creates a window between the seating area and the entrance hall, connecting the two spaces and bringing light to the corridor.  The mosaic tiles in the entrance imitate the kilims placed all around for a pleasant feeling for the naked feet.  A huge Devrim Erbil painting of Istanbul panorama takes its place in this hall. 

photo_credit Ali Bekman
Ali Bekman

With little need of storage, the bedroom is designed spacious. The bathroom and the wc walls are covered with handmade ceramic tiles, with the oak parquet flooring used all around the house, and with kilims accompanied.

The garden provides a few different seating area options.  A glass covered all season seating area, a wooden deck over Bosphorus, and a dining area under the vine.

photo_credit Ali Bekman
Ali Bekman
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