While not known to many outsiders of the design world or non-locals of this sprawling metropolis, Istanbul is a small yet strong hub of international design. With growing leaders of contemporary design furniture such as AUTOBAHN, traditional Ottoman design with a luxurious modern flair in HAREMLIQUE, and the multi-disciplinary design studio SUPERPOOL , Istanbul has a burgeoning design scene.
From graphic arts to contemporary sculpture, galleries are infusing exhibitions with the modern touch of Turkish designers.
A handful of designs shops have cropped up and maintained a strong hold in this small category for the past few years. Here is a list of a few to search for while you are in the Galata area of Beyoglu.
Owned by an Istanbul native Hic Contemporary has settled in a multi story store front just down from the Galata Tower. Here you find modern dish ware, spun rugs and kilims, pillows of traditional flair and even sofas and chairs.
Home store to the Istanbul Arts and Culture Foundation.
Modern Turkish design trinkets, accessories, posters etc.. the foundation creates limited edition items with well known Turkish Artists. Changing often you’re able to find seasonal design objects perfect for showing off modern design from Istanbul and Turkey.
Magnolia Culture Book Shop
Lüleci Hendek Caddesi, No.49B
A small bookshop with some excellent novels based on Turkish culture and history. occasionally a great design find but we worth the visit to the area. Next door is an equally tiny coffee shop.
Mavra Cafe and Design Store
Serdari Ekrem Sok. No:31/A
More of a cafe and small restaurant where the locals go, here you can check in for weekly design workshops, browse small trinkets, books and other knick knacks while enjoying coffee and passer-bys on one of Istanbuls most favored backstreets.
Counter cultured and forward thinking like their progressive youth market, the Milk Gallery exhibits contemporary art from Turkish and International artists, while offering vinyl toys, handbags, limited edition t-shirts and more from the online shop.
The fashion avant garde hibernate on this block between the ParisTexas fashion boutique and self estate. Included dude to abnormal finds that the owners tend to select on random occurrences. Sure it is fashion forward, but you definitely have the opportunity to catch something special.
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