The first seeds of Gorbon Tiles were sown in the 1940s when Prof Rebii Gorbon, founder of the company, got his hands on a ceramics catalogue and began to produce objects in the kiln which he constructed in the garden of his house in Mecidiyeköy in the early 1950s. From then on, Rebii Gorbon professionally developed his deep interest in ceramics. As a result of his meticulous research and endeavour lasting years, he crowned his passion by opening his first factory in Gültepe, Levent in 1958.
In this period Turkey’s ceramics market was met with serious challenges, in particular a shortage in the production of construction materials. The few factories that were in operation could produce ceramic tiles and sinks in a limited range of colours and sizes. Importing such goods was even more complicated than domestic production due to the high exchange rates. Domestic production was of vital importance for the market that had shrunk further with the devaluation of 1958. Virtually a life line for the ceramics market at the time with its quality ceramics and professional approach, Gorbon Tiles continued its reputable business in later years and contributed greatly to the ceramics market of the country.
Predominantly producing ceramic tableware and various other objects in the first five years of its production, Gorbon Tiles began to produce ceramic tiles in 1963 with the support given by the Bank for the Development of Industry according to the needs of Turkey at the time. By closely following architectural trends, building designs and popular tendencies of the period, the company reserved itself a pioneering and leading position in the sector due to its know-how and vision. The design of many buildings in Istanbul as well as their floor and wall tiles were produced by Gorbon Tiles.
Gorbon Tiles realised the tile and architectural design of many domestic and global buildings and had the opportunity to represent Turkey in many different countries due to its understanding of and approach to quality. The quality of Gorbon Tiles can be witnessed in many places across the world such as UAE, Iraq, Germany and the UK. By widening its product range over the years, Gorbon Tiles has continued to produce quality products with diverse dimensions, and bright and distinctive colour samples.
Following the establishment of the first factory, the second Gorbon Tiles factory was opened in 1985 in Gebze. In 1990 Gorbon Tiles went public, and in 1995, the factory in Alemdağ was set up. The establishment of the last factory located in Pendik and where production still continues to this day dates back to 2005. Throughout its production of 60 years, Gorbon Tiles has developed a wide product range including tableware, single-piece ceramic objects, souvenirs and reproductions of Ottoman ceramics as well as operating in different areas such as retail. It particularly created a large market in the production of decorative wall panels. Gorbon Tiles had a total of five shops in Şişli (1972), Erenköy (1974), Mecidiyeköy (1980), Akmerkez (1993) and Nişantaşı (1996) all of which have closed down over time.
Some of the buildings that have sprung to life with Gorbon Tiles can be listed as; Atatürk Cultural Centre upon Hayati Tabanlıoğlu’s recommendation; Kenter Theatre in Şişli, branches of Halkbank all across Anatolia, Çırağan Palace Kempinski, Ünver Hospital, the ceramics of the entrance door of the Kaaba in Mecca, The Ritz Carlton in Yeniköy (Istanbul), Büyük Efes Hotel in Izmir, The Sheraton in Çeşme, Büyük Marmara Hotel in Ankara, Data Darbar Mosque (Lahore, Pakistan), Baghdad Parliament Building, Saddam Hussein Palace (Baghdad, Iraq), Sultan Said Bin Taimur Palace (Oman) and Babaji Restaurant (London, UK).
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A velvet round towel textured from the finest luxury quality of yarns. With its unique design representing the peaceful atmosphere of the beach... A towel of freedom, which can be used at the beach, at the pool, at the park and even in winter, while laying across the TV, both by yourself or with your family or friends. Roundie Towels, Beach Bags, Beach Carts, Beach Accessories, Home Decor Items and much more.
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The Eczacıbaşı Building Products Division operates globally and owns a total of 15 manufacturing facilities: 9 spread out over Germany, England and France and 6 in Turkey. Combined, these factories produce an average of 5 million ceramics sanitaryware, 36 million square meters of ceramic and wall tiles, 370 thousand modules of bathroom furniture, 3 million faucets, 350 thousand bathtubs, 2,5 million bathroom accessories, 150 thousand concealed cisterns and 550 thousand WC pan seats and covers every year.
With a wide range of products and an extensive distribution network, Eczacıbaşı Building Products Division currently exports its products tomore than 75 countries. It has become a globally recognised supplier of bathroom products and tiles through acquiring the Engers Keramik, Villeroy & Boch Fliesen and Burgbad, alongside VitrA.
Pierre Cardin, is the most established brand all around the world with holding 900 different product licences in 140 countries. Strong brand image as within its genes, Pierre Cardin has become the most wanted brand in office furniture by consumers. With modern industry understanding and following recent trends, Pierre Cardin has put ethical and honest values above everything and is moving forward to become one of the most distinguished name in sector.
It is our duty to provide suitable solutions in order to match our consumer demands. Pierre Cardin Office Furniture has begun its journey with prestige and quality within its genes and introduces reasonable price list to its consumers. Merged between consumers trust in our brand and our corporate identity is in fact an important factor. Pierre Cardin is building strongly its corporate identity every each day in the furniture business.
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Kenan Ozcan Design Studio founded in 1999, a multi design studio specialized in interior design based in İstanbul.
The works of the studio offer diversity from interior design to furnishing, architecture, restoration, decoration and so on. The design procces may includes all from the facade of the buildings to interior space and the special-designed furnitures. The studio acts like a binding between the borders of clasisizm and modernisizm using the antiques that specially picked up all over the world.
Kenan Ozcan Design Studio often mixes innovative materials and techniques with references to well known historical styles and archetypes in order to create a harmony and make a balance between the traditional aesthetics and the modern technology.
Pictured: Nova Baran Plaza, Sisli, Istanbul, Turkey
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PATTU (Sumerian; a field, ready to be cultivated) is founded by Cem Kozar and Işıl Ünal in 2009. We are active in the fields of architecture, urban research, exhibition design and graphic design.
The core of each project consists of extensive research, interpretation of the subject, content design and development and we invest a lot of time into the implementation of these into the design of the space and experience.
We like to experiment with unconventional, new and fun ways of approaching design. Sometimes this is achieved by a simple scale (Key Buildings), a collage (Ghost Buildings), a computer software (Istanbul-o-matik) or a smartphone app (Invisible Istanbul). We like to work with multidisciplinary teams including programmers, musicians, sound designers, video and CG artists, urban designers or landscape architects. This approach allows us to have flexibility in creating communicative and interactive spaces, may it be the design of a small object or the spatial planning of a cultural quarter.
We have worked successfully with institutions like IKSV, Istanbul Archeology Museums, VitrA, Koç Foundation, Anamed and SALT.
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