to the artists, designers and craftspeople who think I call their work kitsch... this is NOT the case, it refers to my own work

Oct 5, 2012

Tophane, trendy neighbourhood in Istanbul

Tophane is a neighbourhood in the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul with steep winding narrow streets.  At the bottom of these streets the brand new Istanbul Modern right next to the Bosphorus is reviving this part of town.  This museum attracts locals and tourists interested in contemporary art and as a result galleries and designer studios are popping up.

So my second day of exploring - without a decent map - takes me through the antiques ...

... towards the new...

Antijen Design

fashion designed by Nilüfer Karaca and made right here

designers that mix both, making new from old

with delightful re-styled lights

Kadir Ulus wood design & sculpture studio

this is merely an handful of the many tiny shops and studios popping up in the Tophane area.  I simply didn't have enough time to explore all the streets.  Many more will open in the near future...

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