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STYLE
The Sabah Dealer
Based in NYC, The Sabah reinvents the traditional handmade Turkish slipper with a modern silhouette. Founder Mickey Ashmore first fell in love with the slipper after receiving one as a gift while living in Istanbul four years ago. Comfort persuaded...
DESIGN
Maison & Objet 2014: Turkish Designers
With every edition of the Parisian interior design show at Maison & Objet, a group of talented up-and-comers is celebrated as potentially famous signatures under the label "talents à la carte." This January 2014 edition saw the jury putting the spotlight...
DESIGN
Handmade Towels: Jennifer's Hamam
The new year has us updating our old routines around the house, and fresh linens seem like one of the easiest ways to make a clean start. This week, we've gathered up five beautifully crafted towels to help spruce up the bath and get us going on...
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...
STYLE
Lug Von Siga 2013 F/W Collection
After eight years in advertising, Turkish designer Gül Agiş switched gears and returned to school, studying fashion first in Istanbul and then in Milan, where she received a masters degree from the revered Politecnico di Milano. Her talents...
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
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...
CULTURE
Refuge, Five Cities
by Alexandra Polier Known for beautifully raw images of the modern world, Bas Princen's exhibit "Refuge, Five Cities" currently on display at the Storefront for Art and Architecture shows a series of rare architectural finds in the Middle East...
TECH
Flee Aerial Digital Camera Prototype
We're wishing we had Turkish designer Hakan Bogazpinar's design solution for aerial photography for the height of summertime madness. The Flee Digital Camera is like Nerf-vision, capturing images from vantage points otherwise only experienced...
DESIGN
Gino the Dog Collection: Design for Pets
by Laurice Parkin Fans of Gaia & Gino, the Turkish company known for its quirky, luxe design objects, may not know that Gino is actually of the canine four-legged variety. So, it's only fitting that Gino, the beloved Golden Retriever of founder...
DESIGN
Aga John Patchwork Rug
Thanks to our recent sponsor Bravo, we were able to get the scoop on the patchwork rug from Erik Kolacz' winning design in last night's episode of the new show Top Design. Handmade in Izmir, Turkey, the 5'9" x 7'9" rug features...
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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