Duke
D&D London, Sele Istanbul
Interiors
 
Duke is a joint venture between renowned British and Turkish restaurateurs: D&D London, Sele Istanbul and Mehmet Ali Yalçindag. The new restaurant sits on the podium level of Istanbul’s Trump Towers, offering stunning views of the city.

It is designed to celebrate the energy of London and Istanbul, famed as two of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities. The interior scheme is theatrical: guests are offered a variety of food-related experiences in separate areas, ranging from an intimate chef’s table to an external sushi counter and a lush planted terrace.

A simple palette of quality materials gives Duke a sense of luxury. The floor inside the restaurant is dark oak, and the columns are veined grey marble. The main bar dominating the inside of the restaurant is topped in a highly polished brass.
 
The restaurant opens onto a huge terrace with stunning views of Istanbul, and generous windows mean the whole space is dramatically transformed from day to night. We worked with Hoxton Art Projects, an East London-based art consultancy, to commission a selection of bespoke pieces that would play with the changing light.

These include four wall installations by Elaine Mullings, with 2,5000 separate aluminium shapes that together resemble a shimmering flock of birds. Hirofumi Isoya's light sculpture is made up of insect and butterfly shapes hanging from gold and silver chains that appear to be drawn towards a light above them, while photographer Thierry Durand contributed a series of candid photographs of Londoners.
 
Photography by Ali Bekman
Duke is a joint venture between renowned British and Turkish restaurateurs: D&D London, Sele Istanbul and Mehmet Ali Yalçindag. The new restaurant sits on the podium level of Istanbul’s Trump Towers, offering stunning views of the city.

It is designed to celebrate the energy of London and Istanbul, famed as two of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities. The interior scheme is theatrical: guests are offered a variety of food-related experiences in separate areas, ranging from an intimate chef’s table to an external sushi counter and a lush planted terrace.

A simple palette of quality materials gives Duke a sense of luxury. The floor inside the restaurant is dark oak, and the columns are veined grey marble. The main bar dominating the inside of the restaurant is topped in a highly polished brass.
 
The restaurant opens onto a huge terrace with stunning views of Istanbul, and generous windows mean the whole space is dramatically transformed from day to night. We worked with Hoxton Art Projects, an East London-based art consultancy, to commission a selection of bespoke pieces that would play with the changing light.

These include four wall installations by Elaine Mullings, with 2,5000 separate aluminium shapes that together resemble a shimmering flock of birds. Hirofumi Isoya's light sculpture is made up of insect and butterfly shapes hanging from gold and silver chains that appear to be drawn towards a light above them, while photographer Thierry Durand contributed a series of candid photographs of Londoners.
 
Photography by Ali Bekman
 
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The most coveted spot this summer is bound to be the terrace, which has the peaceful feel of a typical English garden. Dark wood, smoky grey and copper hues dominate the interiors by Conran and Partners, which feature marble columns and other cult design objects.
 
Eda Güngör, Time Out, June 2013
 
 
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