Insider’s Guides; Seyhan Özdemir’s Istanbul

Insider’s Guides; Seyhan Özdemir’s Istanbul

One half of Istanbul based interior design and architecture duo Autoban, Seyhan Özdemir knows all about Turkey’s largest and most famous city; in particular its architectural and design highlights.

Having been named “Best Young Designers” by Wallpaper* magazine in 2004 and “Best Newcomer” by Blueprint magazine the following year, Seyhan Özdemir and Sefer Çağlar have overseen the inspirational design of restaurants, stores and hotels around the world; including 208 Duecento Otto, The House Hotel Galatasaray and The House Hotel Nisantası, all featured recently by The Brief.

Here’s Seyhan Özdemir’s brief guide to her Istanbul…


Old Architecture;

Hagia Sophia is one of the greatest surviving examples of Byzantine architecture, located in Sultanahmet, the old part of Istanbul.

The Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnıcı) – Sultanahmet

Museums & Galleries;

Santral Istanbul - The Santral Engery Museum – the old electricity station – is also worth quick look whilst you’re there.

Also Istanbul Modern, Pera Museum,
Sakıp Sabancı Museum and Galerist – Mısır Apt. on Istiklal Street…

Insider's Guides; Seyhan Özdemir's Istanbul

Istiklal Caddesi

The city’s most iconic street, İstiklal Avenue, is bursting at the seams with cafés, boutiques, clubs, restaurants, galleries, cinemas and so much more…


Around & About;

Street; Istiklal Caddesi
Square; Taksim Square
Bosphorus; Ortakoy Mosque, Anjelique (Ortaköy) and Bebek
Sightseeing; Galata Tower and around, The Grand Bazaar and The Princes’ Islands
Park; Polonezkoy

Insider's Guides; Seyhan Özdemir's Istanbul

Kanyon Shopping Centre, photography by Ümit Tuncay


2010′s Capital of Culture, Istanbul also has some of Europe’s most inspirational shops…


Kanyon Shopping Centre or Nisantası area (Abdi Ipekci).
Robinson Crusoe book store on Istiklal Street.
Assouline Bookstore in Bebek.
Deform; music store selling rare vinly of all sorts.
No.45 Turnacibasi Caddesi in Çukurcuma.
Paris Texas; Camekan Sokak No.4 just by the Galata Tower.
Lazy Butik; Yeni Çarşı Caddesi, just off Galatasaray Sq.
Lale plak; music store (jazz) on Istiklal Street.
Nr. 39; Shoe shop (custom made), Süleyman Nazif Sok, Nişantaşı.
Kelebek corset boutique on Istiklal Street.
By Retro; Turkey’s largest 2nd hand /vintage store on Istiklal Street.
Çukurcuma; this area, located in Beyoğlu, is generally a good bet for antique finds.
Fashion; Abdi İpekci Caddesi (street in Nisantası), İstinye Park and Kanyon Shopping mall
Design; Tunel and Cihangir

Insider's Guides; Seyhan Özdemir's Istanbul

Karakoy Lokantası, by Autoban

In 2006, Autoban’s restaurant design Müzedechanga was awarded “Best Restaurant” design by Wallpaper magazine, and with 208 Duecento Otto in Hong Kong and Tres Encinas in Madrid being completed in 2010, their restaurant design has become internationally renowned…


Münferit by Autoban
Gina, Italian restaurant by Autoban at Kanyon Shopping Mall
Wanna at Kanyon Shopping Mall
Muzedechanga, in Sakıp Sabancı Museum
Karakoy Lokantası, by Autoban
Asmalı Cavit –at Tunel / Beyoğlu
Balıkçı Kahraman
Late breakfast; Mangerie – Cevdetpaşa Avenue No:69, Bebek
Drinking (cafés, tea houses); The House Café by Autoban

Insider's Guides; Seyhan Özdemir's Istanbul

Witt Istanbul Suites, by Autoban

Seyhan Özdemir & Sefer Çağlar have designed some of Istanbul’s most beautiful hotels…


Witt Istanbul Suites, by Autoban
The House Hotel Nişantaşı, by Autoban
The House Hotel Galatasaray, by Autoban
Çırağan Palace Kempinski, Bosphorus
Four Seasons, Bosphorus


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