Review: Istanbul Design Week

Istanbul Design Week aims to promote young Turkish designers.

At the cross roads of Europe and Asia, Istanbul is in constant flux. The annual Istanbul Design Week emulates this international status by debuting young talents and promoting new companies. At its core, the five-day event ­ brings fledgling and established Turkish designers to the fore-front. Complementing a rich programme of exhibitions and workshops, the 2013 Istanbul Design Week – 27 November to 1 December – held a series of lectures given by Alfredo Haberli, Arni Aromaa, Matthew Waldman and Anastasia Su.

Still maintaining a connection to the city-centre, this year’s event moved from Galata Bridge to the larger Kucuk Ciftlik Park. 9 thousand visitors were introduced to over 100 new products. The Design Spirit Istanbul show featured 40 projects from 40 Turkish designers under 40 while the Polish Glass & Cup exhibition showcased glassware inspired by traditional ceramics. Eight Royal College of Art graduates mounted the No Borders exhibition next to a special presentation of work by famous Turkish designers including Aziz Sariyer, Can Yalman and Koray Ozgen.

The event continues in December with the Creativity and City exhibition – window displays throughout Istanbul’s Beyoglu district. Find out more about this event: here

Photos courtesy of Istanbul Design Week

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