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TRIO HOUSING COMPLEX, ISTANBUL
Thursday 12 Jan 2012
Home of a doctor-architect couple, the interior design of this apartment was changed as a whole, due to the doctor's plea that he wanted to live in a space like the ones she designed for others.
Originally the place had walnut parquet floors, doors, closets, and cupboards, making it a very dark space, in spite of its wide windows. Therefore the main objective of the design was to create a lighter space, using materials and colors. For the floors aged and whitened oak parquet was used, along with natural textured tiles with sparkles of nacre. Warm shades of gray from light to dark were selected as backgrounds for the spaces so that various colors could be implemented as focal points, in the form of glass objects, textile, and furniture. In addition to the color gray, white is also used as a background (the stone wall) in the living room, where furniture such as sideboards was also designed mainly in white.
The white sideboard along the stonewall has attached coffee tables designed in maroon and marine blue, the main colors in the living and dining room. The kitchen has chairs colored in pistachio, maroon, ice blue and orange, along with net curtains with the same colors and ice blue drapes. The family room is a colorful space as well, with blues, reds, yellows and oranges. The guest restroom is in pinks and silvers, the guest bathroom is in blacks and silvers, and the master bedroom is mainly gray, anthracite and a touch of green with glass objects.
Therefore the apartment brings joy to the couple's life, through light and color. Also, all through the apartment photographs of the Bosphorous are used, as a reminder of their previous home, and as a window to the city they live in.