3.Istanbul Design Biennial
We live inan era here everything’s designed – it’s gotten to the point where it’s no longer advisable to rely on “good design” and the discussion is focused instead on redesigning design itself. This is the main idea behind the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial organized by İKSV. As evidenced by its theme, “Are We Human? The Design of the Species: 2 seconds, 2 days, 2 years, 200 years, 200,000 years,” this year’s event seeks to trace the relationship between mankind and design. The Istanbul Design Biennial opens on October 22 at five different venues, all of which can be visited free of charge. This year’s venues are the Galata Private Greek Elementary School, Studio-X Istanbul and DEPO in Karaköy; Alt art space in Bomonti and the Istanbul Archaeology Museums in Fatih, which can be toured with a museum admission ticket. The Biennial features four overlapping “clouds” of projects: Designing the Body, Designing the Planet, Designing Life and Designing Time. Istanbulites will get to view more than 70 projects by designers, architects, artists, historians, archeologists and scientists from 13 countries. The curators of this year’s event are Beatriz Colomina, an architecture historian and theorist who is also the founding director of Princeton University’s Program in Media and Modernity; and Mark Wigley, an architecture historian, theorist, critic and the dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Visitors can tour the exhibitions at the
Five things to know about FotoIstanbul
As you’re running around town this October, you just might come face-to-face with an incredible photography exhibition.
A kingdom of döner
Serkan Mutlu is someone who has capitalized on his 20 years of expertise in the döner business by offering consulting services to restaurants in both Turkey and abroad.
Shop of the month
As of September, we have a brand new reason to visit Akmerkez: Turkish retailer Boyner Group’s latest project, Wepublic. For those based in Istanbul, the opening of the shop heralds the end of returning from trips abroad hauling suitcases stuffed with clothes, or spending hours in front of the computer screen perusing online shopping sites. This floor-story shop caters to both men and women with over 500 brands, 100 of which are sold in Turkey for the first time. You’ll be mesmerized by the variety of options, from Alexander Wang to All Saints, Cheap Monday to Helmut Lang. Sneaker fans who always opt for comfort, even during elegant social gatherings, will feel right at home in Wepublic’s sneaker section. The interior design and décor also make shopping here a uniquely fun experience: instead of taking escalators to get from the top floor to the bottom, you can thrill the child within by sliding down a spiral chute. Wepublic’s glass ceiling and graffiti-filled walls help you forget you’re at a shopping mall. Add to that the Petra Coffee and Chado Tea stands as well as audio book and technology corners, and we can almost guarantee you’ll be sad when it’s time to leave.
Istanbul’s best soups
Even though ready to make soups seem to satisfy those that are busy working or living the single life nothing compares to a fresh made pot of hot soup. Especially if that soup is made by the hands of master chefs.
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Want to enjoy a weekend breakfast nestled in a lush garden or savor a romantic dinner that brings back memories of your last vacation – all without straying too far from the city? Now there’s a place where you can do just that. Ahali 279 boasts a backyard that’s far bigger than you’d expect, making it the ideal place to take the whole family, as there are swings for kids and plenty of space for dogs to run around. Inside, you’ll find a long table designed to help different groups socialize, though it would also be perfect for large gatherings. With its summer-approved garden and cozy interior (which features Instagram-worthy tables topped with retro tiles), Ahali is guaranteed to impress even that one family member or friend who doesn’t like celebrating birthdays and other special occasions. Breakfast at Ahali comes with just about everything you’d expect from a proper Turkish breakfast spread, from Kars gravyer cheese to organic jams, ricotta with tapenade and much, much more… The menu also includes daily meze offerings and main courses like the salmon with poppy seeds. After 22.00, Ahali welcomes the city’s top DJs like Style-ist, Mr. Sür and Aksak, who generally spin old Turkish songs.
Unmissable events of the month
Movies in Concert: Titanic Live
A screening of Titanic, accompanied by a massive orchestra of 130 performers playing James Horner’s film score for the cult movie, transports audiences back to 1997 for a night.
From Crafts to Design at Istanbul Modern
The first project by the Istanbul Modern Platform for Crafts, Art and Design, 'From Crafts to Design' focuses on five materials: bone, copper, wood, glass and mother of pearl. This new initiative highlights nearly forgotten handicraft customs by bringing together craftspeople with artists and designers to put a modern spin on materials that have been shaped using traditional methods thus far. What makes the project even more fascinating is that the artists used materials they hadn’t worked with before. In theory, furniture designer Adnan Serbest teaming up with master woodcarver Sezgin Yalçın makes sense, but the result of their collaboration is far from predictable: the wooden bowl designed by the duo, 'Fraxinus', is an impressive piece for a designer with no prior experience creating decorative objects. Perhaps the most notable member of 'From Crafts to Design' is Fatma Ayran, the only female mother of pearl crafter in Turkey. Despite her young age, Ayran has already mastered the art of working with both mother of pearl and bone. Her contributions to the project include the mother of pearl cufflinks created with painter Ekrem Yalçındağ as well as the bone shaving brush named 'Blackcrow' created with fashion designer Hatice Gökçe. Other must-see works include the glass napkin rings created by Camekan Glassworks cofounder Gamze Araz Eskinazi and sculptor Seyhun Topuz as well as the copper tray crafted by designer Atilla Kuzu and coppersmith Battal Yakut. These items will rem