Inside Eye-D Optic Store in Istanbul
Eye-D is an Istanbul-based optic store and moreover a multi purpose venue, working as a blogger spot, a meeting point, an art gallery, a coffee shop or a music venue… The interior was designed by Ofist, an Istanbul-based creative design studio.
“Eye-d is not just designed to be an optical shop. No business is just the business itself anymore. Everything is social. Besides, in crowded metropolises like Istanbul, life is busy, fast and hard. Sparing time for everything and everyone is almost impossible. So maybe that’s why we are always doing many things at a time; having a morning coffee, while checking mails and news, adding stories to instagram, following friends to catch up with what they are doing, and also keep on doing our work. Our approach was to create a cosy, interactive, user friendly environment, appropriate to human scale, in the middle of the chaotic city. It is a space designed to be addapted to different purposes easily, while developing a communication with its user. We think the strongest instrument of achieving this is the extraordinary use of simple and familiar materials/ideas. Like our usual approach to our designs; we came up with just a few simple, yet very strong design ideas and shaped the whole space within that framework. One of these ideas was to form an iron frame work and panels that create a multi purpose background, allowing easy arrangements for different needs like showcasing glasses as well as art works. The other idea was to assign a light, familiar, friendly element, something simple in form and size, and generate a space using it all around. We decided on cork yoga blocks and ended up hanging 550 of them in 105m² area, 95 of them with light sources. We also hung a 4m long plywood table laminated cork on both sides, from just four corners to the ceiling. Matching cork Bob stools from Modus are wandering around… The key in working on a simple, ordinary material or an idea is the details and how you interpret the idea and implement it. Carefully considered details and implemantations with high quality workmanships are our all time indispensables,” said Ofist creative design studio
- Location: Istanbul, Turkey
- Size: 1,130 square feet
- Design: Ofist
- Designers: Yasemin Arpac, Sabahattin Emir
- Photos: Ali Bekman