TURQUERIE GONE CHIC: SERDAR GULGUN





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The Turkish Turkish fantasy created by Serdar Gülgün has been an assault on
A-Gent of Style‘s senses since he discovered the quintessential Renaissance man a few months ago through his latest book, celebratory press coverage and of course Instagram.

For those who are not familiar yet with this magician of interiors, Istanbul native Serdar Gülgün is a world-renowned interior designer, Ottoman art collector and expert, and an internationally acclaimed lecturer, historian, and author. And now one of A-Gent of Style‘s favrourite new designers. From his now well storied stunning 19th-century historic mansion on the Bosphorus to his collections of historical art to his books, The Grand Bazaar Istanbul and Ottoman Chic, Gülgün is known for his passion for bringing Turkish history to life. For those who have visited Istanbul in style, he is the man behind designing the A’Ya rooftop terrace at Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet.





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Redolent of Turkish bazaars, his decors are replete with objets d’art and filled cabinet of curiosities as well as lavish touches of eccentricity. Original architecture and spectacular design elements intoxicates with a sublimely elegant kaleidoscope of pattern, colour and texture.

“To me, stylish interiors are like sensual beings that appeal to all the senses” opines Gülgün. “They are made up of many layers, colours, patterns, textures, fabrics, as well as beautiful music, exquisite scents, delicious food, pleasant words, and ultimately, gracious manners.” “I am a translator”, he adds. “I translate the old into the new. It is a process of recapturing the obscurities of the past and reinventing them in the light of the future”.

An Istanbulite and a devotee of Ottoman imperial culture, Gülgün has always been intrigued by the rare spectacles of the Ottoman court and dreams of the Old World. “I fell in love with this house when I first saw it in shambles. It took me many difficult years to restore it but I don’t regret it one second,” Serdar Gülgün says of his labour of love and most personal design masterpiece: his home, Macar Feyzullah Pasha Kosku which he oversaw the process of meticulously for seven-years to revitalise and return it to a state of elegance and splendour.


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Gülgün lets his imagination run wild with audacious-yet-sophisticated flourishes: intricately carved ceilings, spacious rooms, domed ceilings, frescoed walls, enormous Oushak carpets, sensuous brocaded upholstery, inlaid mother-of-pearl Syrian armoires to name but a few. His whimsical taste and flamboyant imagination effortlessly conjures glamorous, gem-encrusted art pieces, which are meticulously handcrafted in the original 15th century workshops of the Grand Bazaar. Infusing natural elements with centuries-old workmanship, each curiosity takes his followers on a new flight of fancy.

Standing at the crossroads of many cultures between West and East, the Ottoman style this sultan of chic excels at is also spiced with influences from Chinese and Indian to French and Italian, all of which are present in his enticing interiors. Constantly inspired by the atmosphere of his ancient city, Gülgün believes a successful interior design is a place of experience in which authentic elements of culture fuse and achieve alchemy, awakening all the senses and transporting its inhabitants to a place of fantasy.

 “The word ‘extravagant’ generally refers to something in excess and is related to flamboyance, which can easily turn inelegant, but Ottomans found a way to achieve an elegant extravagance,” explains Serdar Gülgün

 

You can follow Serdar on a short tour of his house (and marvel at his French)


 

Hopefully this will all be music to your ears too. But enough spiel for now, let the images speak for themselves…




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THE ONLY WAY IS…UP: LOOKING at CEILINGS



 

by Shelley Johnstone Paschke

by Shelley Johnstone Paschke

 

If the rug maker Edward Fields penned the floor the “fifth wall” in the 1960s, then ceilings have to become the sixth wall. A-Gent of Style tries to remind himself as much as he can to look up wherever he goes as there are always so many wonderful surprises above and up eye level.

Paying attention to the way certain buildings  are crowned can be exhilarating. We’ve all been wowed not only in our own country but also abroad on holiday by stupendous iconic domes, churches, halls of listed buildings and other constructions.

When it comes to the interior design of houses, hotels, bars, restaurants for instance, not decorating a ceiling can be a considered choice in order to allow the rest of the decor to sing for itself. Some interiors indeed dictate that ceilings should be left alone. But more than often, A-Gent of Style feels that untreated, off-white ceilings look a bit bare when they are ‘naked’, and looking forlorn, as if they are unworthy of any consideration by the designers and their clients.

There is a multitude of ways to give a ceiling an interesting and original treatment. They can be painted in a matt matching colour or in contrasting high gloss lacquer; they can be upholstered in grass cloth, silk velvet, ceramic tiles even in tin tiles, or wallpapered in stripes or a floral design; tented rooms enveloped in only one fabric are currently having a revival too; wooden panels are timeless. And who could resist having a specialist painter or an architectural plasterer embellish a room with a unique and original commissioned design?

So let us look today at ceilings, one of the unsung jewels of design:

Palazzo Margherita in Bernalda, Italy

Francis Ford Coppola’s Palazzo Margherita in Bernalda, Italy

 

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by Jorge Elias

 

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via bennisongillynewberry instagram

 

by Sara Story from the Elle Decor Modern Life Concept House

by Sara Story

 

by David Mlinaric

by David Mlinaric

 

Charme Restaurant by Golucci International Design, Beijing, China

Charme Restaurant by Golucci International Design, Beijing, China

 

Villa Planchart, Caracas, by Gio Ponti

Villa Planchart, Caracas, by Gio Ponti

 

by David Mlinaric

by David Mlinaric

 

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via martynbullard instagram

 

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via markdsikes instagram

 

Pugin's house The Grange in Ramsgate

Pugin’s house The Grange in Ramsgate

 

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by Jaime Parlade

by Jaime Parlade

 

by Howard Slatkin

by Howard Slatkin

 

Milton Hall, Cambridgeshire

Milton Hall, Cambridgeshire

 

The U.N. Plaza apartment of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Schneider by Burt Wayne and John Doktor

The U.N. Plaza apartment of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Schneider by Burt Wayne and John Doktor

 

Valentino’s villa near Sienna, Tuscany by Renzo Mongiardino

Valentino’s villa near Sienna, Tuscany by Renzo Mongiardino

 

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by Commune

by Commune

 

Steven Gambrell

Steven Gambrel

 

by Barry Dixon

by Barry Dixon

 

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Nicola Del Roscio's villa in Gaeta, Italy, with 18th-century frescoes thought to be by the artist Sebastiano Conca

Nicola Del Roscio’s villa in Gaeta, Italy, with 18th-century frescoes thought to be by the artist Sebastiano Conca



by Jacques Garcia - Pavilion Champ de Bataille

by Jacques Garcia – Pavilion Champ de Bataille

 

Scrovegni Chapel, Padua, by Giotto

Scrovegni Chapel, Padua, by Giotto

 

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Strawberry Hill

Strawberry Hill

 

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William Morris's Red House

William Morris’s Red House

 

by Eddie Lee

by Eddie Lee

 

by Mario Buatta

by Mario Buatta

 

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Patrick Gallagher's apartment in Rome's Palazzo Taverna

Patrick Gallagher’s apartment in Rome’s Palazzo Taverna

 

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Hearst Castle, California

Hearst Castle, California

 

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Jean Louis-Deniot

 

Osterly House - Middlesex by Robert Adam

Osterly House – Middlesex by Robert Adam

 

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by Cathy Oswandel

by Cathy Oswandel



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Castellini House, Milan

Castellini House, Milan

 

by Catherine Kwong

by Catherine Kwong

 

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via Lonny

 

Mantova House by Giampaolo Benedini

Mantova House by Giampaolo Benedini

 

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from Country Living

 

by Martyn Lawrence Bullard

by Martyn Lawrence Bullard

 

by Tobi Fairley

by Tobi Fairley

 

by Kelly Wearstler

by Kelly Wearstler

 

Chatsworth, England

Chatsworth, England via instagram

 

by Kelly Wearstler

by Kelly Wearstler

 

Sudley Castle

Sudley Castle

 

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Lorry Newhouse's Manhattan home with a Rose Cumming wallpaper on the ceiling

Lorry Newhouse’s Manhattan home with a Rose Cumming wallpaper on the ceiling

 

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Mantova House by Giampaolo Benedini

Mantova House by Giampaolo Benedini

 

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Grimsthorpe Castle, Lincolnshire

Grimsthorpe Castle, Lincolnshire


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St Nicholas Church, Peper Harow

St Nicholas Church, Peper Harow

 

by Sacha Bikoff

by Sacha Bikoff

 

Churburg Castle, Northern Italy

Churburg Castle, Northern Italy

 

Churburg Castle, Northern Italy

Churburg Castle, Northern Italy

 

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by Richard Keith Langham

by Richard Keith Langham

 

by Cathy Oswandel

by Cathy Oswandel

 

 Efendi Hotel, Istanbul

Efendi Hotel, Istanbul








THE 2014 LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL





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Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or plagued with another bout of tonsillitis!), you will know that the London Design Festival started last week and is now in full swing. Everyone remotely interested in design has caught the bug and the city is abuzz with creativity and excitement from Chelsea to Brompton, Kensington and Notting Hill to Mayfair and Shoreditch, and so many other pockets within the capital as far as Syon Park where Decorex returns after so many years.  
Come and see us at the Redloh House Fabrics Stand 23!

A-Gent of Style will be showing you soon some of his highlights after scouring the myriads of fairs, exhibitions, events, talks and parties (of course). Stay tuned!

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