Sanayi 313 is a gallery space, bespoke design shop, interior architects’ studio and restaurant, all rolled into one welcoming location
Brothers Enis and Amir Karavil studied together in Massachusetts, Enis specialising in interior architecture and Amir in entrepreneurship and the family business of automotive and construction chemicals. Back in their native Turkey, the duo decided to combine their interests and talents to create a unique new space in Istanbul. Located in the Maslak Oto Sanayı industrial district, Sanayi 313 combines different disciplines into a single venue, blending art, design and food.
The spacious ground floor gallery space houses a handpicked selection of made-to-measure furniture, home and fashion accessories, inspired by rare antiquities and curiosities. Each customised piece of furniture draws its inspiration from history and art, subjects which fascinate Enis Karavil and fuel his imagination. The designer has a flair for combining contrasting textures, often blending diverse materials such as oxidised brass, bronze, glass and reclaimed leather in his designs.
Fashion designer Serena Uziyel also offers her range of handcrafted shoes and bags at Sanayi 313, combining a modern aesthetic with the quality and expertise of traditional artisanal craftsmanship. Each piece is handmade by artisans, some taking up to 36 hours of detailed handwork.
A restaurant shares the space, tucked artfully into different corners. Run by chef Müge Ergül, it is open to the public for breakfast and lunch, serving an array of freshly baked goods from the onsite patisserie, as well as healthy meals featuring fresh local vegetables alongside the main dishes. At dinner times it can be reserved for private parties.
Upstairs is home to the offices of Sanayi 313 Architects and Atelier. It is here that a team of designers work on creating bespoke interiors for locations including Istanbul, New York, London, Riyadh, Doha and the French Alps.
Whether you’re after a delicious pastry or a statement sofa, Sanayi 313 is well worth an afternoon.
By Irene McConnell