With a rich history that spanned different empires, ethnicities, religions, and cultures, Istanbul has plenty of inspiration for its local designers. From modern interpretations of classic motifs to design inspired by nature’s aesthetic whims, we took a look at some of the best places to get your design shopping on.
Located in Çukurcuma, where you can find Istanbul’s best antique and vintage stores, designer Hakan Ezer’s showroom is a unique confluence of old and new. You’ll find antique objects that seem to harmonise perfectly with more modern pieces and you’ll definitely want to buy a few things to add something unique to your living quarters.
Faik Paşa Caddesi No.5, Çukurcuma, +90 212 293 95 06
The modern interpretation of classic motifs and traditional hand-craftsmanship are what make Armaggan quite a unique design store. Their Objets d’Art are inspired by both the Anatolian and Ottoman Empires and include beautiful silver vases, glass paperweights, and Sahan plates with intricate handmade details.
Nuruosmaniye Caddesi No.65, Nuruosmaniye, +90 212 522 44 33
More like a design store you’d find in Berlin, the minimal aesthetic of Ham:m is complimented by its focus on natural wood. Their showroom is full of beautiful furniture but also objects from local designers.
Boğazkesen Caddesi No.71/A, Tophane, +90 0533 234 11 22
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A brother and sister established this design store in Çukurcuma, which, quite unlike its surroundings, does not focus on antiques. You’ll find very modern creations such as colourful wrought iron lamps and solid wood workbenches and tables at Som Interior.
Turnacıbaşı Caddesi, Faik Paşa Sokak No.3A, Çukurcuma, +90 212 243 37 97
One of the best design stores on Istanbul’s Asian side, Bizon Studio sells ceramic, wood, and metal designs that have been crafted locally. The owners also make sculptures and jewellery in an atelier on the basement floor.
Cemal Süreya Sokak, Altan Apartmanı No.30, Moda +90 216 345 87 02
Located in a former Orthodox Church in the trendy Karaköy neighbourhood, Atölye 11 is a colourful space full of beautiful objects from local designers. You’ll find pillows with hand-printed motifs, vintage furniture, and unique decorative objects.
Mumhane Caddesi No.97, Karaköy +90 212 272 67 61
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This design shop is all about lighting, specifically industrial lighting in case you want to add something quite unusual to your living space. Onsekiz has pieces from the 30s to the 70s, from factory lamps to vintage hanging lamps that are absolutely unique.
Çukurcuma Caddesi No.53/B, Çukurcuma +90 212 245 00 60
Quite a sleek showroom with very modern furniture and design objects, Archive is one of those design shops that beckons passers-by to enter. Gorgeous pieces from Italy, Sweden, The Netherlands, and Germany are all a source of inspiration.
Serdar-ı Ekrem Caddesi No.19, Galata +90 212 291 11 40
Handmade objects made from the wood of olive and walnut trees are what make this design shop so special. At Amorf, beautiful cutting boards, bowls, and tables are smooth to the touch and have the natural imprints of bark.
Ağahamamı Sokak No.11/A, Çukurcuma +90 212 245 83 64