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.