Inspired by the architecture and culture of her native Istanbul, Feyza Kemahlioglu has created a unique lighting collection entitled Pillars of Meerschaum. Meerschaum (German for “sea-foam”) is a soft white clay mineral found mainly in Eskisehir, a small city in central Turkey. Master Turkish craftsman carve the Meerschaum with intricate patterns and perforations to diffuse the light. The stone is then combined with hand-blown glass and brass elements created in New York. The blown glass compliments the detailing of the Meerschaum with the addition of delicate textures made with cane and gold leaf.
By taking this antiquated material and giving it a contemporary aesthetic and function, Feyza marries the old and the new to create timeless designs that are studies into the juxtaposition of tradition and modernity.