Turkish designer Enis Karavil of SANAYI313 had every designer’s dream project: creating a Manhattan pied-a-terre for one of his closest friends. The SoHo loft was originally used as a primary residence, but marriage took his friend—a member of a prominent Turkish family known for its textile empire—to Miami full time. The loft needed to be reimagined as a weekend retreat for the newlywed couple.  

Karavil says the style is mostly masculine, which allows smaller, feminine details to shine. He drew inspiration from Istanbul and beyond, bringing an assortment of global accessories to style the space, ensuring the home would look “lived-in” from the start. 

“In the entryway, a mirror by Turkish artist Ismet Dogan in the form of a turtle shell reads As if you were here” to welcome guests,” Karavil tells us. The entry also boasts a custom piece from SANAYI313: a limited-edition leather Pasha pouf.  An Ara Güler photograph is positioned to reflect in a Gio Ponti mirror.

The split-level architecture allows the home to naturally divide into separate living and dining areas. The living room’s stand-out pieces include art by British sculptor Kath Dalwood and an oil painting by Berlin-based Turkish artist Özer Toraman. Here, a custom-made Minotti Hamilton Island Sofa is joined by an embroidered armchair that belonged to the owner’s grandparents.

In the dining room, a solid wood table has clear glass supports, giving the illusion of floating in the center of the room. There are Maxalto Febo chairs, artwork by Hasan Pehlevan, and an elongated Stilnovo-style chandelier above.

For the primary bedroom, Karavil selected a B&B Italia bed. In the guest bedroom, there’s a dose of color thanks to limited-edition Jonathan Adler chairs with a bold ikat fabric upholstery. It’s the perfect landing pad for a weekend in the city and took about a year and a half to bring to life. 

Take a tour in the slideshow.