Flying Rumi Armchair by Sadi Ozis, 1964
A timeless design piece from design history found life again with Istanbul based design studio, karre design.
Flying Rumi armchair is designed by Sadi Ozis as one of the first Turkish Metal furniture item in 1964. Sadi Ozis , Turkish sculptor and designer, has founded the first metal furniture atelier of Turkey in 1956. He has designed and produced various timeless furniture in his atelier between 1956 -1967 and Flying Rumi was one of them. This elegant piece has been forgotten for almost 50 years and found life again with karre, the Istanbul based design and Furniture Company.
Flying Rumi is based on the frame of Rumi armchair, which has been inspired from Sufi dervishes of the Mevlevi order also known as whirling dervishes, hence the name Rumi comes from the Sufi mystic Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi whose teachings have become the base of the order.
That piece has been prototyped by Sadi Ozis as a woven seated outdoor chair, but was never been produced. As a re-edition, Neptun Ozis, Sadi Ozis’ son, internationally known yacht and product designer, has created an upholstered version of the armchair.
Flying Rumi armchair has stainless or painted legs and can be upholstered with different materials including leather. Rumi is suitable for homes and also for executive offices with limited space.
About karre design
Design and Production of timeless furniture since 1955
karre is a furniture and product design studio and manufacturer, based in Istanbul.
karre dates back to 1950’s when Sadi Ozis, Turkish designer, painter and sculptor started to design and produce the first metal furniture in Turkey in his metal atelier.
Despite difficulties and various obstacles in 1950’s Turkey, the artist designed and produced timeless authentic modern furniture which attracted the attention of certain international companies and international media during these years.
Although 60 years passed since then, these timeless designs are above all interior trends with all their elegance and still fascinate appreciative eyes. Having internalized Sadi Ozis’ principles, Neptun Ozis; one of Turkey’s most creative designer and worldwide known yacht stylist, continues to create and produce unique, contemporary, state of art furniture pieces as well as bringing the legacy of his father’s (Sadi Ozis) art pieces, the avangarde, timeless furniture collection back to life, in a very limited quantity with the highest quality possible using today’s most selective materials.
Standard collection is handcrafted by karre, and all furniture items are manufactured by order by the specialist of their own trades and selection of different materials, fabrics and finishes are available. karre also creates and produces individual pieces of furniture to be used only on client’s special projects as unique art pieces.
History of karre
In 1953, a metal atelier was established under sculpture department of Istanbul Arts Academy. Two young sculptors; Sadi Ozis and Ilhan Koman who just returned from Paris, were very interested in the studies carried out in this atelier and in 1955, two artists established their own metal atelier in order to work on metal sculptures. Their sculptures were awarded in various contests during that period, however, there was not much interest in sculpture in Turkey during those times. The artists needed an income to continue their work of art, thus started designing and producing the unique and state of art metal furniture which happened to be the first of its kind in Turkey.
Due to the lack of proper furniture material, the artists experimented with various materials – which are originally not meant to be used for metal sculpture-furniture – such as hexagonal wires, sieves, water pipes, fishnets, car tires etc.
This metal sculpture-furniture production where two artists reflected their creativity in design, became a milestone in Turkish art history. After a short while, these furniture which even today may seem to be avant-garde, attracted a lot of attention and orders started to increase.
These busy production days continued until 1958. After Ilhan Koman left the atelier in 1959, Ozis continued to work on his own and in 1962 he established a decoration studio working in collaboration with his metal workshop and he carried on designing the timeless furniture pieces until he decided to move to Paris in 1966.