In Istanbul, a mostly black-and-white art collection features an inspiring scene in the home of a multi-hyphenate


Elizabeth Fazzare: How did you start putting together your own collection?

Enis Karavil: Coming from a family of collectors, it is naturally that I had a passion for art, and I started collecting quite early. But, for me, the most important thing in a collection is the common threads between the individual works. A collection should be cohesive and have a certain purpose, be it subject, medium or colors. At some point I looked at my collection and noticed that some pieces didn’t reflect me and fit the theme, so I started making some edits.

EF: What was the first piece you bought?

EK: Pieces from my friend Jennifer Ipekel’s first ceramic collection titled “Korsan Ayşe” (Pirate Ayşe).

A ceramic piece by Jennifer Ipekel installed in the house in Istanbul, Turkey.

EF: Do you have a defining theme for your collection?

EK: I mainly focus on black and white works, which are striking, strong and slightly disturbing.

EF: Which designers/artists inspire you at the moment?

EK: Currently, I’m quite fascinated by the works of fashion designer Daniel Roseberry, in the way he transforms an outfit into something like an art installation. At the head of Schiaparelli, he works like an artist rather than a fashion designer. Compared to other fashion houses, her work at Schiaparelli definitely stands out. I also find the works of Wolfgang Tillmans, Jaume Roig and Arik Levy exceptionally inspiring.

EF: What are the current collectible trends on your radar, if any?

EK: Lately, I’ve been keeping an eye out for contemporary ceramists. I really admire Jaume Roig’s style and would like to add his works to my collection.

EF: How does fashion influence your decoration? And your art collection?

EK: I don’t design with trends because they come and go very quickly. Fashion often finds its inspiration in the past, just as interior design draws its share from previous eras.

EF: What was the last place you visited that inspired you?

EK: This small private museum is housed in the Simantiri family mansion in Chora Patmos, Greece.

EF: Does the marketplace help you discover?

EK: Sometimes it is, but generally I try not to be influenced by the market. Seeing a work of art elsewhere might diminish my desire to own it.

EF: In terms of discovering new artists/designers, what are your trusted methods?

EK: Art fairs, social media and a few friends and advisers.

EF: What kind of crossover do you see between the creative disciplines?

EK: I strongly believe that different disciplines feed off each other. In my opinion, creativity should not be tied to one discipline.

Enis Karavil with his dog. Photograph by Ibrahim Karakütük.

EF: What’s the next piece on your radar?

EK: A work by Hermann Nitsch.

EF: What’s the last piece you bought?

EK: A black and white photo by artist Ibrahim Karakütük, hanging in my living room.

EF: What is the only piece that escaped?

EK: Women of Allah by Shirin Neshat.

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