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DESIGN
Autoban: Form. Function. Experience.
As arguably the fourth largest city in the world, Istanbul is a cultural hub of Turkey—and the region. For exactly this reason, it's also the home of Autoban, the highly admired design studio (founded in 2003 by Seyhan Özdemir and Sefer Çağlar...
TRAVEL
Word of Mouth: Istanbul
Though the Istanbul Design Biennial has come and gone, left in the wake is a metropolis refreshed by its burgeoning design community. The city of contrast may be known for traditionalism, but a growing international community is changing all of that...
DESIGN
Istanbul Design Biennial Highlights
Istanbul's design community has come into its own as a powerful international voice. As a testament to their rightful place in the international creative community, the city's Foundation for Culture and Arts hosted the city's first-ever Istanbul Design...
DESIGN
HavvAda
In the process of digging the Turkish government's proposed Canal Istanbul project one billion cubic meters of soil stands to be displaced. Turkish developer Mister Serdar Inan commissioned multidisciplinary designer Dror Benshetrit to apply a greater...
FOOD-DRINK
Muà Gelatieri d'Italia
On a recent trip to Istanbul we got to experience that magic mixture of Europe and Asia—the harmonic balance of historic venues and international retail chains, the reflections of lights on tiles and the Bosphorus, the best aubergines, the...
TRAVEL
Le Meridien Istanbul Etiler
Over the past decade Istanbul has made aggressive headway in the contemporary culture arena. With the opening of the Istanbul Modern and innovative galleries like Arter and Galerist, the city offers a rich spectrum of art and exploration. A new...
DESIGN
RVS by V Iznik Collection
For Turkish companies RVS and the Iznik Foundation, heritage is everything. Vidal Erkohen of RVS eyewear made his name by collecting vintage glasses, starting with his father's. "I remember one trip that [my father] came back from Italy wearing...
DESIGN
Triangle Notebook
Unlike standard notebooks where variety is limited to cover styles, the Triangle Notebook ditches the banal shape of a rectangle for the (you guessed it) triangle. The mod journal, designed by Turkish artist, Tan Mavitan, is a MoMA exclusive from the...
DESIGN
Cool Hunting Video Presents: Iznik Tiles
by Gregory Mitnick A celebrated Turkish art form dormant for more than 300 years, Iznik tiles play an integral role in Turkey's Ottoman Empire history and the production of them today is a labor of love. In 1993 economics professor Dr. Iş...
FOOD-DRINK
Divan Turkish Delight
Taking an age-old confection into the 21st century, Divan's Turkish Delights are a classic recipe housed in elegantly modern packaging. Discovered on a recent trip to Istanbul, Divan has been handcrafting these delicious delicacies since 2006. The...
STYLE
RVS by V. 212
Launched by vintage eyewear purveyor Vidal Erkohen, RVS by V. is steadily gaining notice for its retro-styled sunglasses in vibrant matte finishes. The 212, the Turkish label's first limited-edition frames, recalls the brow-heavy specs of the '50s...
DESIGN
Yüksel Arslan: A Retrospective
Returning to his native Turkey for the first time in 40 years, 76-year-old artist Yüksel Arslan ends his self-imposed exile for an exhaustive retrospective showcasing his obscure works at the Santralistanbul Museum in Istanbul. Arslan moved...
DESIGN
Autoban
With the founding of a national design council in 2004 and home to a design week in its third year, Istanbul is gaining recognition as a minor design capital. Founded in 2002, the firm Autoban, is helping the city's reputation along. Making their...
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