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ISTANBUL, 2014

Da Mario Restaurant / Kalamış

Da Mario is an established Italian restaurant that has pioneered the Italian culinary culture in Istanbul since 1993. In 2014, the owners opened a second location on the Asian side of Istanbul, and commissioned Autoban to design the interiors.

With its enviable location across the marina, the restaurant is a soaring space with plenty of Mediterranean influences, boasting period setting in a contemporary, cosmopolitan environment.

In creating the interiors for Da Mario Kalamış, Autoban took inspiration from the grand Italian villas, particularly Villa Necchi Campiglio in Milan, and brought in a brand new perspective to the traditional Italian style dining. Featuring a palette of natural materials such as marble, wood and metal, all of which are used in layers, the true value of craftsmanship is generously exhibited all throughout the space, from the iron frameworks to the plate glass windows, leather covered bar top and custom-designed solid wood door handles.

While the interior is dominated by the rich texture of green marble, also used in mosaic flooring featuring a floral pattern with strong references to the Mediterranean culture, warmth arrives to the space through the wooden panel layering and plush velvet seating booths. Commissioned artworks line the restaurant’s walls as if displaying the private collection of an imaginary family who lives here.

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  • Total area 750 sqm
  • Client Istanbul Doors Group
  • Interior design Autoban
  • Project team Seyhan Özdemir, Sefer Çağlar / Onur Kösedağ, Zeynep Akten, Sedef Gökçe, Müge Çakır, Kerim Özkan
  • Photography Sergio Ghetti

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