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The Bomonti Beer Factory was the first brewer in the Ottoman empire. The brand was founded in 1890, and the beer has been produced in its Istanbul brewery since 1902. After years of bubbling activity and trucks filled bottles, the building was abandoned in 1991 after it was decided to move the machinery outside of the city. Recent interest in industrial restoration brought the Bomonti neighborhood back to life, transforming it into Bomontiada, a residential and commercial quarter.

La boiserie “addolcisce” le pareti con mattoni rossi a vista tipiche degli edifici industriali di inizio Novecento. Foto Engin Aydeniz
La boiserie e tutti gli arredi sono stati disegnati ad hoc per il Kilimanjaro dallo studio Autoban. Foto Engin Aydeniz

In this area, under towering ceilings where one can feel history in the air, the casual dining restaurant Kilimanjaro has opened its doors. Turkish studio Autoban designed the interior, mixing styles. Lead glass and exposed brick keep the industrial touch, while wood and other natural elements bring an eclectic, artisan feel. The harsh, austere effect of the space is softened by geometric, wood flooring designed specifically by Autoban, as well as boiserie. The bar’s immense central structure, a beveled island covered in climbing plants, is the focal point of the restaurant. Tables radiate around the central area, and there is alternative seating in the side dining room, as well as a small, private courtyard overlooking an internal courtyard.

Studio Autoban designed all of the treatments and furnishings specifically for Kilimanjaro. Photo, Engin Aydeniz.
The boiserie softens the traditional red brick walls found in many industrial buildings. Photo, Engin Aydeniz.

Lead glass and exposed brick keep the industrial touch, while wood and other natural elements bring an eclectic, artisan feel. The harsh, austere effect of the space is softened by geometric, wood flooring designed specifically by Autoban, as well as boiserie. The bar’s immense central structure, a beveled island covered in climbing plants, is the focal point of the restaurant. Tables radiate around the central area, and there is alternative seating in the side dining room, as well as a small, private courtyard overlooking an internal courtyard.

The bar’s curved structure is the focal point of the restaurant. Photo, Engin Aydeniz.
The boiserie’s three-dimensional form was designed by Autoban. Photo, Engin Aydeniz.
The immense glass windows looking out onto the restaurant’s private balcony. The outside area looks out to the ex-brewery’s internal courtyard. Photo, Engin Aydeniz.
The flooring has the same geometric pattern as the boiserie. Photo, Engin Aydeniz.
The raw, industrial style is softened by the use of wood throughout the space. Photo, Engin Aydeniz.
The main dining room unfolds around the massive, yet lightweight, bar. Photo, Engin Aydeniz.

WHERE: Tarihi Bomonti Bira Fabrikası Birhane Sok. No: 1, Silahşör Cd., 34384 Şişli/İstanbul, Turchia

The Bomonti Beer Factory was the first brewer in the Ottoman empire. The brand was founded in 1890, and the beer has been produced in its Istanbul brewery since 1902. After years of bubbling activity and trucks filled bottles, the building was abandoned in 1991 after it was decided to move the machinery outside of the city. Recent interest in industrial restoration brought the Bomonti neighborhood back to life, transforming it into Bomontiada, a residential and commercial quarter. In this area, under towering ceilings where one can feel history in the air, the casual dining restaurant Kilimanjaro has opened its doors. Turkish studio Autoban designed the interior, mixing styles. Lead glass and exposed brick keep the industrial touch, while wood and other natural elements bring an eclectic, artisan feel. The harsh, austere effect of the space is softened by geometric, wood flooring designed specifically by Autoban, as well as boiserie. The bar’s immense central structure, a beveled island covered in climbing plants, is the focal point of the restaurant. Tables radiate around the central area, and there is alternative seating in the side dining room, as well as a small, private courtyard overlooking an internal courtyard.

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The Moodboarders is a glance into the design world, which, in all of its facets, captures the extraordinary even within the routine. It is a measure of the times. It is an antenna sensitive enough to pick-up on budding trends, emerging talents and neglected aesthetics. Instead of essays, we use brief tales to tune into the rhythm of our world. We travelled for a year without stopping, and seeing as the memory of this journey has not faded, we have chosen to edit a printed copy. We eliminated anything episodic, ephemeral or fading, maintaining a variety of articles that flow, without losing the element of surprise, the events caught taking place, and the creations having just bloomed.