Discover the artistic and decorative layers of Istanbul, the seductive capital of the Ottoman Empire, a world that stretched across three continents for hundreds of years, a geographical and cultural bridge connecting Europe to Asia. Standing at the crossroads of many cultures, Ottoman style is spiced with influences from Chinese and Indian to French and Italian. In this spectacular volume, Istanbul-born interior designer Serdar Gülgün narrates a tour of his beautiful home, the former hunting lodge of the Hungarian Feyzullah Pasha, an old wooden mansion on the Asian side of the Bosporus. Constantly inspired by the atmospheric beauties of his multicultural city and its palaces and gardens, mosques, museums, and basilicas, Gülgün believes a successful interior design is a place of experience in which authentic elements of culture fuse and achieve alchemy, awakening all the senses and transporting its inhabitants to a place of fantasy.
Serdar Gülgün is an Istanbul-born interior designer, international lecturer, and Ottoman art expert and collector specializing in historical interiors. His collection has been exhibited several times at TopkapI Palace. Gülgün is the writer of the Louis Vuitton Istanbul Guide, and he is the author of The Grand Bazaar Istanbul (2011) for Assouline. He recently launched a home accessories brand, Serdar Gülgün Istanbul.
Swiss-born lifestyle photographer Reto Guntli travels all continents for books and articles on architecture, interiors, people, art, design, and travel. He has photographed and produced more than forty books for the best publishing houses worldwide. He regularly contributes to prestigious international magazines such as Architectural Digest, Casa Vogue, Elle Decor, and Condé Nast Traveler. Guntli is also known for advertising shoots for international hotels and has published several books on luxury hotels, resorts, and spas around the globe. One of his latest book projects was Living in Style: Paris (teNeues), with Caroline Sarkozy.