An Amazing Colorist

Image The Most Influential Turkish-American Women #12 - Sara Bengur Interiors enjoys a reputation for creating sophisticated yet warm spaces that unabashedly mix color, pattern and texture, all a reflection of the multi-cultural, well-traveled background of its founder, Sara Bengur. She comes by her particular brand of contemporary exoticism naturally: the daughter of a Turkish economist with the International Monetary Fund, she spent her formative years in Washington, DC; Istanbul, Turkey; and Maine. Bengur developed her design aesthetic early.
Growing up in Turkey, her family’s idea of a vacation was museum hopping. Her father would constantly challenge her to discussions about the artwork’s composition and color, and how they were similar or different to other things she had seen. Also of influence was Turkey’s easy mix of east and west, and an exuberant decorating style that would often combine European furniture, oriental rugs and incredibly rich Turkish fabrics into one setting.

All of which play into the work she does at Sara Bengur Interiors (founded in 1993), where projects have included residential and retail interiors all over the country, from New York, the Hamptons and Connecticut to Montana and Maine, as well as homes in the French West Indies.

“Our philosophy,” says Bengur, “starts with understanding our clients’ needs so that we can create a comfortable and elegant interior that reflects their personality and lifestyle in every aspect of the interior.” Bengur and her associates select and craft each detail of every interior specifically for its future occupants. The result is spaces of visual depth, complexity, and personality but also great ease, comfort, and accessibility.

In 2013, Sara launched Sara Bengur Shop, her sophisticated new namesake collection of globally inspired home furnishings. A sun-kissed tonal palette that is both bright and earthily warm and a clean-lined design aesthetic unite the sharply focused collection of tableware, textiles, rugs and more. Taking inspiration from old Turkish motifs and contemporary artists, the array of sophisticated yet playful designs reinvents exoticism in a lyrical way that makes the items suitable for both contemporary and traditional settings. The mix of serenely organic and geometric shapes playfully nods to favorite artists Sonia Delaunay and Francesco Clemente, while the stencil design of one of the fabrics was inspired by
an ancient Ottoman coin.

Sara’s work and designs have been featured in an array of magazines and popular blogs, including Elle Décor, House Beautiful, New York Magazine, The New York Times, StyleBeat, Architectural Digest, and The Ritz-Carlton Magazine.  
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