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has spent the last 14 years designing commercial and residential spaces in Istanbul, often devising custom furnishings that later become widely produced. , a hub for independent and local frame makers, commissioned the firm for a sunglass store that would resemble the firm's bright portfolio.
“We wanted to make something extraordinary, while keeping a human touch,” says Ofist co-founder . Arpac and partner Sabahattin Emir hit upon an industrial palette for the 1,100-square-foot shop, introduced by concentric frames of white iron that become pegboard displays for the sunglasses and a cash-wrap desk. A canopy of cork yoga blocks, 550 in total, dangle from the ceiling, some serving as fixtures for LEDs. Cork also pops up as the top for a suspended table, around which gather from in the same material.
The designers brought the street inside with an office desk crafted from the hood of a car, along with elegant intact vehicles, including the owner’s 1962 Caterham. It idles by a back wall, said to date back to Byzantine times, along with a glass elevator that climbs two stories to the owner's loft—also designed by Ofist.