Home Life: Exquisite Interiors

by Erica Moody

Stona offers one-stop shopping for luxury home design and installation in the heart of Georgetown. 

By Erica Moody 

Mert and Alev Bakan (Photo by Jay Snap)

Mert and Alev Bakan in Stona’s approximately 5,000-square-foot showroom (Photo by Jay Snap)

The first thing one notices when entering Mert Bakan’s sleek new home design showroom, Stona, is an iconic piece of Keith Haring pop art on the wall, an image of two figures raising a heart that looks remarkably chic next to a lightweight Laufen Alessi porcelain sink with a Gessi faucet.

From gold sinks and chromatherapy showers to marble countertops and track lighting fixtures, the store offers unique modern pieces for the entire home, the majority of them from Europe.

“We go beyond quality, design and craftsmanship,” says Bakan. “We’re an authorized dealer for some of the top European brands like Gessi, Dornbracht, Laufen and Sicis.”


Marble, porcelain, granite and mosaic tiles are available in a wide variety of designs (Photo by Jay Snap)

The entrepreneur moved to the U.S. from Turkey 20 years ago and worked as a marketing director before opening up his first company, Global Natural Stone, in 2003, which currently boasts offices in Turkey, Panama and Arlington, Virginia. With his second venture, he wanted to go “more high-end.”

Of his products, Bakan praises “German engineering, Italian design, American customer service and Turkish hardworking.” And, unlike its competitors, Stona handles all your installation needs as well, including design and construction.

Photo by Jay Snap

Dornbracht stone seats grace the well-lit entryway of the showroom (Photo by Jay Snap)

“We take responsibility for everything,” his wife Alev says. “Other companies will guide you to a third party for installation, but we eliminate that step.”

With residential, architectural and commercial clients including the Washington Redskins and Holy Cross Hospital, Stona’s elegant offerings are making their way into prominent Washington businesses and homes alike.

Stona is located at 3210 Grace St. NW, or visit www.stona.com. 

This article appeared in the October 2015 issue of Washington Life magazine.

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