I've been impressed with the work coming out of Autoban's Instanbul-based studio ever since I saw their first interior project for the House Cafe restaurants in Turkey. After the success of the Instinye location, which featured large clocktower-shaped framework structures that resemble human-sized birdcages, Autoban designed two more restaurant interiors for House in 2008 and 2009. For New York Design Week, Autoban brought their work Stateside and we finally got a chance to see their blend of luxury and handcrafted design in person.
You might have seen the Q&A that Matter hosted at ICFF with Autoban's founders Seyhan Ozdemir and Sefer Caglar, who spoke about the four new products they collaborated on with De La Espada for their 2012 collection. Three of their pieces were also on display at Matter's design week pop-up location: the Tulip Lamp, the Reedy Bookcase and the Deer Armchair, so called because its legs and arms are "inspired by the thin and fragile legs of a deer." The Reedy Bookcase is a sliding, modular unit that allows you to customize it according to your space. This one gets its name from "the tall, water-side grasses of nature," but I prefer my interpretation of Reedy as a play on the word read, which is what you do with the books you stack in it, right? All these sleek pieces (and more!) are available from Matter's online shop for a price, but hey, those massive ICFF booth spaces don't come cheap.
Daisy Lamp on Holy Table and Butterfly Chairs.
Tulip Lamp, Nest Chair, Reedy Bookcase