Feyza Kemahlioglu

  • Pillars of Meerschaum: Evening White, 2018
    Meerschaum, blown glass, brass, gold leaf, and LEDs
    72 x 12 x 12 in
  • Pillars of Meerschaum: Evening White, 2018
    Meerschaum, blown glass, brass, gold leaf, and LEDs
    72 x 12 x 12 in
  • Pillars of Meerschaum: Evening White, 2018
    Meerschaum, blown glass, brass, gold leaf, and LEDs
    72 x 12 x 12 in
  • Pillars of Meerschaum: Amber Treasure, 2018
    Meerschaum, blown glass, brass, gold leaf, and LEDs
    40 x 8 x 8 in
  • Pillars of Meerschaum: Amber Treasure, 2018
    Meerschaum, blown glass, brass, gold leaf, and LEDs
    40 x 8 x 8 in

For her debut collection ‘Pillars of Meerschaum’ with Wexler Gallery for The Salon Art & Design Show, Feyza Kemahlioglu designed one-of-a-kind lighting pieces. Inspired by the architecture and culture of Istanbul where she grew up, ‘Pillars of Meerschaum’ is a study into the juxtaposition of tradition and modernity.

The leading material in her collection is Meerschaum, German for “sea-foam”, a soft white clay mineral, found mainly in Eskisehir, a small city 
in central Turkey. By taking an antiquated material and giving it a contemporary aesthetic and function, FEYZ brings the old and the new together to create a timeless design.

Turkish craftsman carved the Meerschaum with intricate patterns and perforations to diffuse the light. The stone is combined with hand-blown glass and brass parts in New York. The blown glass compliments the detailing on the Meerschaum by the addition of delicate textures made with cane and gold leaf.