x0x Modern Turkish designs spread across globe
Modern Turkish designs spread across globe
Zeynep Fadillioglu is one of a new breed of Turkish designers unafraid to embrace their countrys heritage.
When we hear the word Ottoman in Britain, we cant help but think of luxurious furniture and lavish fabrics, with an exotic flavour.
But in Turkey it doesnt just conjure up a design aesthetic, but an entire period of history. While most leading cities have been the centre of a great cultural empire, Istanbul has been the heart of two. As Constantinople it was the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and as Istanbul it was the capital of the Ottoman Empire.
This history has made the country rich with different textures, styles and interiors. Sumptuous palaces sit next to modern offices and condominiums. There are malls and all the usual international chains, but there is still little to rival the bustle of the hawkers in the Grand Bazaar, whose haggling can hardly have changed in 500 years.
In other words you might think it was the perfect place for architects and interior designers to create their own striking idiom. Until recently they have been surprisingly slow on the uptake.
This is all changing now. As Turkeys economy steams ahead (growth was 6.6 per cent last year), its designers are too. Design shows and exhibitions abound, and striking new buildings are shooting up all over the city. In October, a literary festival launched on the banks of the Bosphorus, at the Ciragan Kempinski hotel, will become the latest affiliate of the Telegraph Hay brand. Modern Turkish culture is spreading itself globally.
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