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Autoban | Chiara Colombini

Istanbul-based design studio Autoban was established in 2003 by Seyan Ozdemir and Sefer Caglar.

Both graduates from MimarSinan University of Fine Arts in Istanbul. Their universe could be located halfway between Philippe Starck and Tom Dixon. With the guiding line of injecting an emotional touch into modern design, all their creations exude a certain common character, and reflect their strange approach to objects, the starting point being the material itself and its possibilities of use.

Multidisciplinary, Autoban works on several fronts: architecture, interior architecture and product design. Their numerous projects in hotels and restaurants, as well as in private homes and in the public sector, have marked the city of Istanbul.

In parallel with their architectural work, Autoban is developing a line of furniture and lighting. This collection is influenced by nature, the rituals of everyday life and the eclectic ambience of Istanbul. Autoban combines sophistication and humor, noble materials and clean shapes.

The Autoban collection is made in Portugal by De La Espada, in a factory combining traditional techniques and new technologies.

Three words that come together and sum up the Studio's approach to design. For them, aesthetics are the result of respect for the materials, the technology used, as well as the structure itself. Not confined to any particular style, their relationship to creation is pure: it all starts with a material they are particularly fond of, or which reminds them of a memory - white marble, octagonal inlays - to then create a story, and lead to the final result.