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The “Firfir” stool series was conceived through a collaboration with Italian shoe designer Diego Dolcini, who is best known for his women’s shoe designs for the luxury market that are sensual and elegant, balancing heights, beautiful lines and high quality materials. This series emerged out of Sema Topaloğlu’s interpretation of Dolcini’s design as a complementary aesthetic in craft that is part of her eccentric-yet-modern approach to design. The stools were conceived by Topaloğlu as experiments in handcraft and form in wood exhibited in Dolcini’s Milano showroom and shop. Firfir 1 was the first of 6 uniquely crafted stools, each of which was made by Topaloğlu and her in-house team carpenters at her Istanbul studio. Sculpted from massive blocks of wood, the exceptional craftsmanship evident in each unique Firfir is part of Topaloğlu’s original contemporary aesthetic that draws from Istanbul’s ancient craft traditions.
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Sema Topaloğlu Studio is a interior design, design and architecture practice led by designer and architect Sema Topaloğlu that produces contemporary interiors, architecture and furniture in Istanbul, Turkey. Sema Topaloğlu Studio and workshop located in Balat in the historic peninsula of Istanbul are active in the city\'s synthesis of contemporary design and traditional handicraft. In the past 10 years the Studio has produced a number of important residential, retail, restaurant and office projects in Turkey and Europe for important clients gaining recognition in local and international media. Through the design vision of Sema Topaloğlu, the Sema Topaloğlu Studio practice is known today for dedication to materials, craftsmanship and a unique aesthetic vision.
Belgian design is traditionally connected with its territory, both in terms of the use of natural materials and their corresponding colour palette. In addition, the international design scene was overwhelmed by the completely white minimalistic interiors in the nineties and the Scandinavian design trend with lots of light coloured wood and soft tones during the past decade.
To conquer the monotonous globalised, Instagram-driven interior design trends and to bring some optimism in these rather dark times, the international and Belgian design scenes nowadays fully embrace a vibrant colour scheme. Moreover colours are not only fun, but they also affect both our emotions and physical wellbeing. Or as Le Corbusier said: “Colour is an element as necessary as water and fire.”
Faithful to the Belgian context, most designers work with natural materials, which they manually transform into perfectly imperfect, tactile eye-catchers. These qualities can be found in ceramics and textile, but also in pieces from reclaimed materials that had a previous life. By integrating these unique or small-scale production pieces from independent designer-makers in an interior, you’ll bring their personal quests together into the unique story of your home.
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