On the Karakoy waterfront in Istanbul, where the Bosporus and Golden Horn meet, Istanbul Modern is the first museum of modern and contemporary art in Turkey, a reference point for the city and for international art, a place for meetings and comparisons guided by curiosity to open up to the world of beauty and art. Pedrali made its contribution by supplying the indoor and outdoor furniture.
Set up in 2004 in a former government customs warehouse, Istanbul Modern finds its new guise in a project by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, in collaboration with Arup, the architecture firm's first realisation in Turkey. A light and elegant architecture, in dialogue with the territory, between land and sea.
Large windows open onto the landscape
The landscape, with the Bosphorus and Ottoman-era buildings, also dominates the interior of the 10,500-square-metre building on five levels. Large windows allow one to immerse oneself in a space without boundaries, where the view of those walking through the galleries is lost beyond the architectural barriers.
Multifunctionality and hospitality
Multifunctionality and hospitality have guided the design of Istanbul Modern: the interior spaces are designed to accommodate temporary art and photography exhibitions, film screenings, conferences, a library, a restaurant and educational programmes for young and old. A room hosting educational workshops for children is the natural location for Snow Junior, designed by Odo Fioravanti for Pedrali.
Snow Junior, solid and light
Its playful shape, adaptability to environments and stackability characterise this version of Snow, designed for the world of children. Chosen in yellow, a symbol of positivity, energy and optimism, Pedrali's Snow Junior is made of polypropylene reinforced with glass fibres and injection moulded using gas air moulding technology to make it both solid and light.
A large rooftop terrace
Istanbul Modern offers the city a 650 square metre viewing terrace which, like a floating platform, appears to be suspended over a body of water on which, at certain times of the day, the reflection of the city's monuments surprises visitors. Here too, on the top level of the museum, Pedrali outdoor products embellish the space.
Comfort is dominated by Nolita, outdoor seating that evokes the origins of the path begun by Mario Pedrali in 1963 with his first metal garden chairs, and Tribeca, a modern reinterpretation of the classic 1960s terrace chairs made of steel with weave, both designed by CMP design.
Essential and minimalist
A combination that recalls the colours of the sea and sky, recreating gradual shades from blue to white selected for Nolita and Tribeca. The Fluxo coffee tables, designed by Luca Casini for Pedrali, complete the area, with primary geometries originating from the section of the stem to generate an essential and minimalist form.