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Far Beyond

Join AKDO’s design minds and the occasional guest blogger as we go Far Beyond for news from the design front. Also: observations on hot lifestyle trends, updates on our global search for superb materials and our passion for designing with them, and what happens along the way.

World Premiere Kitchen

All Aboard the Orient Express at Kips Bay

U.K. based Clive Christian Interiors, renowned for its luxury statement kitchens, has selected international tile brand AKDO to enhance their room design at the 44th annual Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Decorator Show House, open from May…
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AKDO Opens Showroom in NYC's Flatiron

New US Flagship Debuts

For the first time in its 25-year history, AKDO has brought its global stone, tile and mosaic collections together in one flagship showroom. Spanning 2 floors and10,000 square feet, the showroom resides at 22 West 21st Street in Manhattan’s design-rich Flatiron District. The New York…
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Meet Silkar

Our Global Arm with Quarries, Factories and Ateleiers

AKDO has a sister company, Silkar, or we might more accurately say a brother company, since it is our CEO Hakki Akbulak and his brother, Silkar CEO Erdogan Akbulak who co-founded the businesses together, yet an ocean apart, some 25 years ago.
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Lotte New York Palace Hotel

A Luxury Suite Inspired by Champagne

AKDO was privileged to work with acclaimed architects and thought leaders HOK as they conjured a champagne-themed design for this sprawling 5,000 square foot hotel suite, with breathtaking vistas of Manhattan landmarks and three floors of spectacular décor.
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Todd English Food Hall

A Touch of the English at the Plaza Hotel NYC

Throughout Europe it is common to see mosaics used on ceilings. Here in the States, not as much. So we were thrilled when designer Jeffrey Beers envisioned a European-style food hall concept for chef Todd English at New York’s famed…
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The AKDO Origami Collection

Embrace the Fold

In 2015, AKDO introduced Origami. Bold, unexpected, graphic and distinctive, the natural stone mosaic line took America by storm. In its debut at the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse, juxtaposed with the traditional look of a clawfoot tub, Origami made a statement of modernity, timelessness and drama.
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Design in the Flatiron

AKDO's New Neighbors

Manhattan is the largest metropolis in America, and like most major cities, it fascinates with its various boroughs, neighborhoods and districts. Along with its surrounding neighborhoods of Gramercy to the East and Highline-hugging Chelsea/Meatpacking to the West, the Flatiron, named for a landmark iron-shaped building, is chock full of some of the most interesting and sophisticated design showrooms, ateliers and studios. 
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What's Hot in the Kitchen

Plaid + Peacock = Kitchen of the Month

When famed kitchen designer Christopher Peacock took on the task of redesigning the kitchen for one of the nation's preeminent designer show houses, AKDO was there.
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Exotic Istanbul

We Took Over Traditional Home's Instagram

  Here’s what happens when our Creative Director gets turned loose with her iPhone in Istanbul: magic! In this ancient city that spans two continents, inspiration is everywhere, so when the editors of Traditional Home invited Kate Sterling to share Istanbul with their…
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