WHERE I WORK
Around the corner from the luxury department store Beymen in the fashionable Nişantaşı neighborhood, Cevdet Erek’s building is besieged by noise: pneumatic drills, honking taxis, the clicking of high-heels on the stone sidewalks.
Inside, however, is a hushed bourgeois oasis, with art-nouveau metalwork and a marble staircase. On the third floor, Erek’s door is marked with a small golden square. We immediately begin talking about how the neighborhood has changed, how…