Earlier this month, AKDO’s flagship showroom in New York opened its doors for an opening fete themed “An Evening in Istanbul,” celebrating the tile brand’s Turkish roots with an inspired tablescape designed by Michael Tavano. The celebration, hosted by AKDO and Hearst Design Group, welcomed an A-list roster of guests, including AKDO’s Hakki Akbulak, Dan Martel and Diane Hayden, as well as a number of notable designers and other industry pros, among them Robin Baron, Elizabeth Bauer, Eileen Kathryn Boyd, Thomas Burak, Antonino Buzzetta, Suzanne Costa, Ernest de la Torre, Katie Eastridge, Georgie Hambright, Lindsey Coral Harper and Young Huh.
Interior designer Michael Tavano’s tablescape
Hearst Design Group SVP and group publishing director Kate Kelly Smith with AKDO founder and CEO Hakki Akbulak
Michael Tavano with Hearst Design Group editorial director Newell Turner
From left: Designer Garrow Kedigian and ASID New York Chapter president Robin Baron, with AKDO's Rita Donnerstag and Patrick Donnerstag
From left: Designer Young Huh with Beth Haridopolos of Eileen Kathryn Boyd Interiors
From left: Designers Jennifer Hunter of J+G Design and Bella Mancini
From left: Designer Thomas Burak, AKDO CEO Hakki Akbulak and designer Charles Pavarini III