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Azure's July/August 2019 Issue cover
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July/August 2019

From a groundbreaking seaside museum in China to an elegant new sofa by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Azure’s July/August issue unveils the 20 winners of the ninth annual AZ Awards!

The local firm has designed Nopa, a new restaurant in a fashionable neighbourhood, with extravagant interior and outdoor spaces.

In the same modern apartment building that Autoban designed for Istanbul’s Nisantasi district, the firm has also completed a richly textured 220-square-metre restaurant. Its interior palette features wood and stone in soothing, natural tones – browns, greys and black – while the large open-air terrace is bursting with nature, in the form of a wraparound plant wall.

Nopa’s mood and aesthetic recalls Art Deco – which ties in with the building’s exterior and its overlapping geometric layers. The natural stone floors, for example, are in in various earthy tones, arranged to complement the facade. Black book-matched marble, characterized by a strikingly unusual vein structure, clads the feature walls and tops the bar to create a signature element. Running through the length of the interior, the bar spills on onto the terrace, looping back around on itself. All of the lighting and furniture pieces – including the luxe leather sofas with wooden shells, and the brass pendant lamps that pay homage to mid-century classics – are bespoke.

The opulence of the interior continues in the outdoor space, with the “natural” theme becoming quite literal. A lush green garden, created with Patrick Blanc, the famed French designer of living walls, wraps the walls. A waterfall feature further emphasizes the feeling of a tranquil escape from the restaurant’s urban surroundings. Glass panelled lighting (also used inside) lines the lower walls, helping the space transition seamlessly from day to night. The best part about the terrace: it can be enjoyed in any weather, thanks to an impressive retractable glass roof.

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