With showrooms in Istanbul and Paris, Arzu Kaprol is a venerable Turkish fashion designer whose collections generally take clues from architecture and well-received across the world.
One of her stores in Istanbul is situated in the city’s Galata district - a common ground for art galleries and specialized shops - inside a recently renovated historical building recognized as Kamondo Inn.
Spread over 70 square meters, the store is designed by Autoban, who conserved the original brick arc structure of the space and has complimented it by building the rest of the store around it.
In doing so, the studio exposed the architectural shell of the space and further strengthened the spatial effect of it with reciprocal mirrors.
The Reedy bookcase - a celebrated piece from Autoban’s signature collection - is customised and embedded inside the arcs; while Carrara marble is chosen for the design of the display cases and storage units. The strategically placed lighting causes sculptural objects to cast shadows for further dramatic effect inside the store.