Mark McDonald was one of the early champions of the Turkish-American architect Ali Tayar (1959-2016), whose furniture and industrial design was recently the subject of a retrospective at R & Company, New York. Tayar designed the interior and famed perforated-aluminum security gate of Mark's Gansevoort Gallery in 1995-96, which is a landmark facade in the Meatpacking District. The present pair of chairs is one of Tayar's last furniture designs, and is the first appearance of the model on the market. Tayar designed several interiors for the Pop Burger restaurant chain in New York, including Pop Pub on University Place.
About Ali Tayar
From a trendy New York City burger joint to the interior of a high-performance sailboat, Turkish-born Ali Tayar designs across a broad spectrum of objects, furniture, commercial interiors, and architectural projects. Born in Istanbul, Tayar was raised in awe of the modernist Hilton Hotel that was built in the post-war climate of his city, as well as the ancient architecture from the Byzantine and Ottoman empires. As the son of a structural engineer, Tayar grew up especially attuned to the architectural integrity of a building’s anatomy, which continues to influence his practice. At the University of Stuttgart, Tayar became versed in German design and the foundations of Modernism, followed by study in the U.S., during which time he developed an appreciation for the modernist Rockefeller Apartments of West 54th Street, New York (designed 1936), where he now, triumphantly, resides.
Turkish, b. 1959