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Friday, June 28, 2019

When details become dominant!

By Rutvi Ashar
Photography: Emre Dörter Studio Rino; Courtesy URBANJOBS
Read Time: 2 mins
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Istanbul-based design studio, UrbanJobs does a fabulous job of re-designing the same place, twice-over, for a new employer, reinstating their creative genius…

Batard, as the name suggests, is a café with French influences located in the Bomonti neighbourhood of Istanbul. Interestingly, the café is in a space that was also previously designed by Murat Dede led UrbanJobs. While re-designing the place, they were asked to modernise the old concept without disturbing the French influences. 

The bistro aimed at attracting the neighbourhood fraternity, who would see the café as a local haunt – a place for a casual visit, fun and quality time. Consequently, the profile of visitors shaped the design further.

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A genuineness trickles through as an open and unaffected-by-global-trends space constitutes the Batard Bomonti: a place full of petite, novel details. As the space unfolds before the user, one increasingly feels like the metaphoric café is like a bohemian artisan, exhibiting well-built installations with attention to smallest elegant details. For example, whilst the use of gold-finished accessories combined with deep blue may seem over-extravagant if viewed in isolation, when paired with basic marble counters and rustic wood furniture, they create a harmonious balance that exudes chic vibes. 

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And it is not all about aesthetics. Technical details too are treated as wondrous noticeables; for example, the entrance door uses hinges to ensure automatic closure; joinery is exposed, and chiaroscuro is played upon to add a transient element to the design. The restaurant has something to offer to each of the five senses; and the cuisine is customised to the vintage mood too. 

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The designer’s adroitness and due diligence, using restraint in order to avoid overdesigning, thus, subtly comes to the fore.

Fact File:
Client: Batard
Design Firm: UrbanJobs
Principal Designer/Architect: Murat Dede
Built-up Area: 110 sq. m.  (1184.03 sq. ft.)
Location: Bomonti, İstanbul




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