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About Us

PRACTICE

Internationally renowned, Istanbul-based multidisciplinary design studio Autoban was founded in 2003 by Seyhan Özdemir and Sefer Çağlar, and later joined by Efe Aydar. Now employing 40 staff, Autoban works across architecture and interiors, product and experiential design, forging a reputation for thoughtfulness, experimentation and craftsmanship.

Approaching each project initially as storytellers, their work seeks to understand the character and context of each project. Each element is informed by a uniquely space-centric approach, blending wit with sophistication, and minimal forms with rich materials.


With a portfolio that includes transportation, commercial, retail, and office developments, Autoban's work is typified by familiar forms and materials repurposed in vital, contemporary ways.

Their work has redefined Istanbul’s cityscape, including numerous hospitality, retail, residential and public realm developments, and is now also found in London, Madrid, Hong Kong, Moscow and China, as well as Azerbaijan. Autoban's signature furniture and lighting range is sold at 60+ points around the world.

TEAM

Seyhan Özdemir & Sefer Çağlar

Seyhan Özdemir and Sefer Çağlar studied architecture and interior design respectively at the Fine Arts Academy of Mimar Sinan University. In 2003, the duo co-founded Autoban, and from their initial studio in Galata, Istanbul, started designing the studio's first interior projects, which was followed by the launching of debut Autoban product collection at Maison et Objet Paris in 2004.

In 2005, Autoban was named ‘Best Young Designers’ by the Wallpaper* magazine, and in 2006, their MüzedeChanga project was awarded ‘Best Restaurant’ by the same title. In 2009, Autoban moved in to their new studio in Beyoğlu, and received their first overseas commison to design the award-winning 208-Duecento Otto restaurant in Hong Kong in 2010. The commision was followed by another overseas F&B project in Madrid. In 2014, the studio received Red Dot Design Award in recognition for their work at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Seyhan Özdemir and Sefer Çağlar have participated as keynote speakers and jury members at significant architecture and design events worldwide, including iF Product Design Awards, Downtown Design Dubai and Milan Design Week, as well as showcasing their product designs internationally at major trade shows.

  • Efe Aydar

    Interior Architect / Partner

    Efe studied Interior Design at the Anadolu University, and worked at Aldo Rossi Office in Genova for several years prior to joining Autoban in 2004 where was named partner in 2009.

  • Kerim Özkan

    Product Design Director

    Kerim received his B.Sc in 2007 from Istanbul Technical University in Interior Architecture. Following his M.Des in Product Design at Domus Academy Italy in 2009, he completed Advanced Design Visualisation program in 2011 at the Umea Institute of Design, Sweden. Currently, he is leading the Product Design department of Autoban.

  • Bilal Aydın

    Interior Designer

    Bilal received his B.A. degree in Interior Architecture at Mimar Sinan University in 2010. Joining Autoban in 2010, he has been an active team member in a wide range of projects for the practice, including the Kitchenette and The House Cafe branches.

  • Burak Eyigün

    Interior Architect

    After graduation, Burak followed his enthusiasm for computer generated visualisation of space that paved him a career in interior design. Experience in architecture studios more than a decade now, provided him an encounter with projects across different scales and areas. Following several collaborations with Autoban, he fully joined the team in 2015.

  • Buğra Bilgen

    Interior Architect

    Buğra holds a B.A. degree in Interior Design from Anadolu University. He has completed Interior Architecture programme at Kauno Kolegija in Lithuania. He joined Autoban team in 2016.

  • Şila Siva

    Architect / Project Manager

    Şila graduated from Istanbul Technical University Architecture Department and studied Urban Design & Spatial Planning at the Sint-Lucas School of Architecture in Belgium. Participating in architecture and interior architecture projects of various scales since 2009, she has joined Autoban in late 2015 as Project Coordinator.

  • Cansın Yılmaz

    Interior Architect

    Cansın studied Interior Architecture at the Istanbul Technical Univeristy and participated in the exchange program at the Edinburgh College of Art during her graduate studies. Pursuing her MA degree at the İTÜ-Imiad (International Master of Interior Architectural Design) since 2014, she joined Autoban in 2015.

  • Deniz Sak

    Architect / Project Manager

    Deniz graduated from Istanbul Technical University Landscape Architecture and holds a BA. degree in Interior Design from NABA Italy. Starting from 2017 she is a member of Autoban team. 

  • Hande Taşkın

    Interior Architect

    Hande is a graduate from Mimar Sinan University Interior Architecture. Following several years in various architecture offices, she joined Autoban in 2017.

  • İsmail Çolak

    Production Specialist

  • Sedat Coşkun

    IT Specialist

    Sedat studied Computer Engineering at the Newport University where he graduated in 2010 and joined Autoban the next year.

  • Cemil Kaya

    Logistics

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    CLIENTS

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    • AAYA - Alan Yau

    • Acıbadem Healthcare Group

    • AFM Cinemas

    • Arzu Kaprol

    • AZAL – Azerbaijan Airlines

    • Bestseller Group

    • Beyoğlu Municipality

    • Bilgili Holding

    • Bistro 33

    • Blue Erdos

    • Borsa Lokantaları

    • Cacharel

    • Çarmıklı-Saruhan Cooperation

    • Central Rent a Car

    • Coca-Cola

    • D.ream

    • Demirören Group

    • Dice Kayek

    • Dervişoğlu Construction

    • Doğan Media Group

    • Doğuş Tourism Group

    • Doruk Group

    • DueCentoOtto

    • Eagle Hills

    • Gaspar

    • Grand Hyatt Hotels

    • Hermès

    • Iniala

    • Istanbul Doors Group

    • İş GYO

    • Kale Holding

    • Karaköy Lokantası

    • Kuriş Holding

    • L’ist İstinye

    • Macrocenter

    • Münferit

    • MüzedeChanga

    • MV Holding

    • Naba Otelcilik

    • Nef Real Estate

    • Nurol Holding

    • Permak Group

    • Pozitif Group

    • Rafineri

    • Republic of Turkey, Head Office - General Secreteria

    • Renaissance Construction

    • Rixos Hotels

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