Dais collaborated with Conran and Partners, Doğuş Restaurant Entertainment and Management group and Lawson Luxury providing several large-scale artworks for the Anatolian restaurant Rüya London, one of this year’s most anticipated restaurant openings on Upper Grosvenor Street in Mayfair.
Dais provided artworks produced by contemporary Turkish artists for the space, inspired by restaurateur Umut Özkanca’s Turkish heritage and Conran and Partners Anatolian inspired interiors.
Right and Below: ‘Whirling Dervish’ by Mustafa Nazif Duran featuring in the entrance to the restaurant
Whirling Dervish comes from a recent project where the artist explored the movement, expression and ritual of dervish dance at the Galata Mawlawi House in Istanbul.
Below: ‘Dua’ by acclaimed Turkish artist SARP featuring in the private dining room of the restaurant. Dais assisted Lawson Luxury with the printing and framing of the work.
Dua means 'prayer' in Turkish. The artwork is part of the artist's larger body of work, which takes patterns from places including the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia in Istanbul and then projects them provocatively onto figures illuminated in darkness.
Below: a photograph from the 'Istanbul - City of Light and Shadows' series by Turkish photographer and film director Timurtaş Onan.
This black and white series was made to celebrate the beauty of Istanbul, with an emphasis on the dramatic light and shadows that can be seen amongst the architecture and everyday life of the city.
Rüya, meaning ‘dream’ in Turkish, fuses together a vibrant restaurant, lounge and bar led by executive chef Colin Clague. Designed by internationally renowned Conran & Partners, the intricately designed venue has capacity for 136 guests and will be offering diners an array of Anatolian classics with a contemporary and fresh twist.