Getaway for creatives - Soho House Istanbul
Soho House brand was created as a membership club for people in creative industries. Currently with 13 locations including London, New York, Miami, Chicago among others, Istanbul addition is their biggest to date.
Known by locals simply as a "Corpi building" - Palazzo Corpi was commissioned by wealthy Geonese merchant in 1873 and it took 9 years to complete. Between 1906 to 2003 it was housing US embassy and consulate general. Recently renovated by Soho House, building was transformed in to destination that traveling creatives and design aficionados shall put on their list when in Istanbul.
We love the interiors created by James Waterworth - head of design for Soho House group. Painstakingly restored building's original beauty from it's frescoes, ornate moldings, bed headboards and fireplaces to marble clad rooms with palatial ceilings is just a background for staging spaces that are inviting and subdued in their non-overbearing sense of luxury.
Mid-century modern compliments nicely with local touches of ornamental accents as an organic part of this imposing space reminiscent of Venetian Palazzo. Going "mid-century" has paid-off bringing some "lightness" and uncluttered feeling to detail rich interiors (result might have been completely different has James picked era-accurate theme or went with now trendy "industrial chic").
Soho House Istanbul is great addition to "design destinations", in the city vibrant with culture and building rich with history - we only might wish these walls could talk.
Photos via Soho House Istanbul