London calling: Duke opens its doors
Our latest restaurant project, Duke, has opened in bustling Istanbul.
Celebrating the energy of two of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, London and Istanbul, Duke is a joint venture between renowned British and Turkish restaurateurs: D&D London, Sele Istanbul and Mehmet Ali Yalçındağ. The new restaurant sits on the podium level of Istanbul’s Trump Towers, offering stunning views of the city.
Our interior scheme is theatrical: guests are offered a variety of food-related experiences in separate areas, 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, that dominates 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.
Elaine Mullings’ four wall installations comprise over 2,5000 separate aluminium shapes, that together resemble a shimmering flock of birds. Hirofumi Isoya created a light sculpture in which insect and butterfly shapes hanging from gold and silver chains appear to be drawn towards a light above them, and photographer Thierry Durand contributed a series of candid photographs of Londoners.
Tina Norden, lead designer at Conran and Partners, explains:
Duke strongly reflects our design philosophy: quality, simplicity and wit. We think we’ve created a restaurant that does justice to Istanbul’s energy, and brings a very British feel through its simple, striking design.