Zeynep Fadillioglu is the designer behind both, her elegant creations blending sleek modernism with traditional ornamentation. Fadillioglu studied computer science at the University of Sussex and at Control Data Institute. In 1978, she became interested in interior design, completing a course in art history and design at London’s Inchbald School of Design.
Attracted to the world of restaurants and clubs as a result of her husband’s business, she went on to design some 20 establishments before setting up her own firm, Zeynep Fadıllıoğlu Design or ZF Design, where she has completed more than 140 projects. With a staff of 18, her company brings together architects, interior designers and artists.
Zeynep Fadıllıoglu Design is an Istanbul based company with offices in London and Doha. The company operates since 1995 under the leadership of Zeynep Fadillioglu as the head designer.
Zeynep Fadillioglu wants to be very contemporary with her design. In 2009, she became the first woman to design a mosque. Each and every piece she has designed in the mosque has some kind of connection with tradition.
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Fadillioglu might have made a name for herself designing mosques. But you needn’t be religious to admire their beauty. Her designs reflect a modern understanding of the roots and she is telling her story through colors, textures, textiles, and artistic items. While being very conscious of today, Zeynep Fadıllıoglu is also very interested in history; whether it is Ottoman, Islamic Seljuk, Anatolian civilizations or Byzantine roots. Besides, every design that comes out of her office is unique and is a blend of the client’s priorities and her perspective.
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Some of her projects include:
Marti Hotel Istanbul
Hotel Les Ottomans
Friday Mosque – Qatar
Friday Mosque – Qatar
Among the awards Fadıllıoglu has received are:
- Andrew Martin International Designer of the Year Award (2002)
- House & Garden International Interior Designer of the Year (2002)
- Modern Designer of the Year, Design and Decoration Awards (London, 2005) for an apartment overlooking the Bosphorus
- The Wifts Foundation International Visionary Award
All in all, Zeynep Fadillioğlu is a very well known designer and architect, whom Covet Edition magazine is delightful to present you today.
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