While designing Turk Fatih Tutak, Kontra refers to the journey of the nomadic Turkish culture on horseback, the story of Fatih Tutak's return home with his syntheses from Asia to these lands after twenty years, bringing a new perspective to Turkish gastronomy. In the concept created; while inspired by the cultures, origins and lifestyles of Turkish societies, their traditions and customs were reviewed and the meaning of the word Türk which is power, strength, and beauty were taken into reference. Türk’s logo, which resembles a table, is the symbol of one of the ancient Turkish tribes and it means beautiful fragrant.
Located in a work place plaza in Bomonti, Istanbul; Türk’s entrance redesigned in a way to enable guests to enter directly from outside the building instead of its old structure where only plaza member were able to access from inside the building. This area, which is normally used as a service corridor, is associated with the space; and now allows users to experience the kitchen all the way from the entrance corridor. Guests are welcomed in this corridor with eight sculptures created by Pınar Akkurt, inspired by the pagan and sky god beliefs of the first Turks, Tengriism and rock paintings.
By ringing the doorbell at the entrance door of the place, guests are allowed to feel the feeling of home and refer to Turkish hospitality. The kitchen, which is designed as our main stage when guests enter, forms the focal point of the space. With the kitchen not being isolated from the space and being the focal point, it was ensured that Fatih Tutak and his team were able to make eye contact with the guests and witness the food preparation journey. The simplicity and nature, which constitute the essence of our Turkish cuisine, are symbolized with natural wood materials blended with the tones of earth and green.
The Seljuk star motif, which consists of two intertwined squares on the ground, refers to the eight virtues of the Seljuks and Turks that made Anatolia a Turkish homeland. These are respectively; Compassion, Kindness, Patience, Truthfulness, Keeping Secrets, Loyalty, Generosity and Appreciation to God.
The design of the bar surface is inspired by the first written document of Turkish cultural history known today as the Orkhon Inscriptions, which reveals the life style and culture of Turkish society, contributes to the formation of the visual identity of the building. On the other hand, the installation facade created with kitchen tools and equipment inspired by the pantry cabinet used in old-style Turkish kitchens provided an atmosphere that would make the place feel the warmth of Turkish cuisine. With the wooden separators, column coverings and furniture used outdoors, the warmth captured indoors was transferred to the outdoors.
A fireplace is positioned in the center of the terrace in order to refer to the two main elements needed to cook bread; dough and fire. And the area greened with olive trees, the symbol of the Aegean, making the guests feel themselves in the backyard of a close friend rather than in the middle of the city. The story of Fatih Tutak synthesizing the Turkish cuisine, is combined with the architectural elements that reflect the Turkish culture; so that the guests were taken on a journey of the “Türk”, interpreted in a contemporary way.
Lighting Designer: ONOFF Lighting Design & Consultancy
1. Flooring: TERAZZO
2. Interior lighting: ONOFF Lighting Design & Consultancy
3. Interior furniture: KONTRA, MIDJ
4. Kitchen Brand: ELEKTROLUX
5. Sanitary Ware: VITRA