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ISTANBUL, 2010

Münferit

Opened in 2010, Münferit is a fine-dining restaurant that brings a modern take on the traditional Turkish meyhane. The chef-owner Ferit Sarper’s family also produces Beylerbeyi rakı at its distillery in western Turkey.

Inside Münferit, Autoban’s design translates the story of a time-honored culinary culture into a cosmopolitan restaurant of entirely contemporary tone, while maintaining the warm and inviting spirit of meyhanes. Blending in a variety of rich materials, the studio showcases their signature layered and textural work through the rosewood Art Deco panelling, pressed metal ceiling panels, chocolate-coloured glossy wall tiles, mirrors and tiled floors, which offset the custom-designed solid wood furniture and marble tabletops used all throughout.

Spreading two floors, the upper ground floor of Münferit hosts the bar and lounge area alongside a mews-like terrace, which becomes more popular than ever on warmer days.

The main dining room, surrounded by back-lit, bespoke shelving displaying rows of rakı bottles that are a vital part of the traditional Turkish meyhane, is housed on the bottom floor, along with patio seating.

“Münferit takes its design cues from the 1940s, with wooden panelling, tiled floors and mirrored walls – courtesy of local interior design superstars Autoban.” _THE GUARDIAN, SEPT 14, 2011

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  • Total area 220 sqm
  • Client Münferit
  • Interior design Autoban
  • Project team Seyhan Özdemir, Sefer Çağlar / Betül Bölük, Zeynep Akten
  • Photography Ali Bekman
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