Sense and sensibility

The very graphic posters of Yurdaer Altıntaş

By Berrin Torolsan | April 24, 2015


For an immensely satisfying and perfectly formed exhibition, I urge readers to visit Yurdaer Altıntaş's 80th birthday show at the Işık Gallery in Teşvikiye (closes April 30). Altıntaş, born in Kars to a Turkish officer of Cretan extraction and a Polish mother, is one of the fathers of modern Turkish...
Posted in Design, Exhibitions, Modern Art

Gallery walkabout: Nişantaşı

Art for the home

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | April 6, 2015


On the second part of our Nişantaşı walk we visit another six galleries offering solo shows of artists working in the disciplines of painting, sculpture, photography and design. Up for grabs are elegant wood sculptures, abstract mixed media on wood, unusual interior products and more. The seventh and final stop is...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Design, Exhibitions, Fine Art, Nature, Photography

Inside story: Cappadocia part 2

A journey through Turkish homes

By Lynn Gilbert | March 13, 2015


In this blog series, the photographer Lynn Gilbert takes us on a journey through Turkish homes. The above room is housed in a stately old mansion situated on a treacherously steep cobblestone road in Ürgüp, Cappadocia. Built of large stone blocks, with an overhanging upper storey and small balcony, its...
Posted in Architecture, Design, Museums, Photography, Travel

Inside story: Çamlıhemşin

A journey through Turkish homes

By Lynn Gilbert | February 20, 2015


In this blog series, the photographer Lynn Gilbert takes us on a journey through Turkish homes. There are a couple of thousand people living in Çamlıhemşin, a small town on a plateau in the mountainous area of Rize, in the Eastern Black Sea region. Looking up from the base of...
Posted in Architecture, Design, Photography, Travel

Inside story: Daday

A journey through Turkish homes

By Lynn Gilbert | February 6, 2015


In our new blog series, the photographer Lynn Gilbert takes us on a journey through Turkish homes. The above image shows a room in a house in Daday, in the Black Sea province of Kastamonu. Built at the top of a circular staircase and taking up the whole floor –...
Posted in Architecture, Design, Photography, Travel

Inside story: Cappadocia

A journey through Turkish homes

By Lynn Gilbert | January 30, 2015


In our new blog series, the photographer Lynn Gilbert takes us on a journey through Turkish homes. In my wanderings down streets and alleyways in Cappadocia, I once chanced upon this 1876 landmark Greek house in Ürgüp (above image). Cappadocia is a World Heritage Site with many stone houses built...
Posted in Architecture, Design, History, Museums, Photography, Travel

Inside story: Bursa

A journey through Turkish homes

By Lynn Gilbert | January 22, 2015


In our new blog series, the photographer Lynn Gilbert takes us on a journey through Turkish homes. The above image was taken in Bursa, in a small village filled with wood-framed houses, similar in design to early English architecture, characterised by a horizontal band of timber which divides the upper...
Posted in Architecture, Design, Photography, Travel

Gallery walkabout: Karaköy/Tophane

The time and place in which we live

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | January 19, 2015


We are in Karaköy and Tophane for a very diverse gallery walk this week, taking in a bit of everything, from painting to sculpture to photography and even textiles. Memed Erdener, aka Extramücadele MOM I’M GOING OUT TO POUR SOME CONCRETE Start on Meclis-i Mebusan, east of the Tophane tram...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Design, Exhibitions, Museums, Shopping

Inside story: Safranbolu

A journey through Turkish homes

By Lynn Gilbert | January 16, 2015


In our new blog series, the photographer Lynn Gilbert takes us on a journey through Turkish homes. I took the above image inside a house in Safranbolu, a glorious old city that has fortunately been preserved as a World Heritage Site. The houses here are solid and substantial and look as though...
Posted in Architecture, Design, Photography, Travel

The year that was…in pictures

By Victoria Khroundina | December 31, 2014


As 2014 comes to a close, I take a look at the year that was. In January, we announced that the Ancient & Modern award for original research has gone to Dr Peter Andrews (76), doyen of Asian tent studies, with Harriet Rix (23) taking the Godfrey Goodwin prize. Above,...
Posted in Archaeology, Architecture, Contemporary Art, Design, Exhibitions, Film, History, Museums, Nature, News, Gezi Protests, Photography, Sport

Take a peek into the future of design

By Victoria Khroundina | November 12, 2014


Istanbul is determined to prove itself as a contemporary art and design stronghold, and the second edition of the Design Biennial takes the city in its desired direction. The curator, Zoë Ryan, believing that ‘design is inextricably linked to every aspect of our daily lives’, chose the future of design...
Posted in Design

TCF Fellowships

Applications now open

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | April 23, 2014


A good thing to keep in the back of the mind is the Turkish Cultural Foundation’s (TCF) fellowship programme. There are two types: the Fellowship in Turkish Culture and Art and the Cultural Exchange Fellowship.  The TCF Fellowship in Turkish Culture and Art has provided funding to young and established scholars since...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Culinary Arts, Design, Film, Fine Art, History, Islamic Art, Literature, Museums, Music and Performing Arts, News

Stitching up the rug trade

The London Antique Rug and Textile Art Fair 2014

By Tim Cornwell | April 7, 2014


Embroidery was king at the London Antique Rug and Textile Art Fair (LARTA). If the middle market for traditional textiles and carpets is slow, auction prices for embroidery – typically silk on cotton, often from Uzbekistan – are running strong. Top of the line at LARTA was a dowry suzani (the...
Posted in Design, Islamic Art, News

The dresses have it

V&A Jameel Prize exhibition

By Victoria Khroundina | February 17, 2014


The works of the ten Jameel Prize finalists are meticulously placed around the Porter Gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), curated by Tim Stanley, the V&A’s senior curator of the Middle East department, with help from the curator of Middle Eastern Contemporary art and design, Salma Tuqan. The...
Posted in Architecture, Design, Exhibitions, Islamic Art

Middle Eastern Studies under the spotlight

The Fourth World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies

By Victoria Khroundina | January 3, 2014


The Fourth World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES), touted as ‘the most important global event in Middle Eastern studies in 2014’ will take place at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara between August 18th and 22nd, 2014. Organised in collaboration between the METU and the Turkish Social...
Posted in Culinary Arts, Design, Film, Fine Art, History, Islamic Art, Literature, Music and Performing Arts, News

The year that was…

By Victoria Khroundina | December 30, 2013


With just a few days left of 2013, it’s time to look back on the year that was.  The year 2013 will be etched in history as the year of the Gezi protests. It all started with a tree, so to speak, in late May when a group of people...
Posted in Architecture, Contemporary Art, Culinary Arts, Design, Exhibitions, Film, History, Museums, Music and Performing Arts, Protest Music, Nature, News, Gezi Protests, Photography, Sport

Building dresses: couture plays with architecture

Dice Kayek wins V&A's Jameel Prize

By Victoria Khroundina | December 12, 2013


Architecture makes its mark in fashion. Turkish fashion designer duo, Dice Kayek, whose cutting-edge couture was previewed in Cornucopia 44, have won Victoria and Albert Museum’s coveted Jameel Prize for their architecturally pleasing designs. They were presented with a cool £25,000 for their Ottoman and Byzantine inspired creations on Tuesday. ...
Posted in Design, News

A stylish affair

By Victoria Khroundina | September 28, 2013


‘What on earth is a shopping party and why would I want to go to one?’ you might be forgiven for asking. Well, the concept behind Chrissy Ramski Güleç’s new venture is the idea of combining a social event with a personalised-shopping experience, and in the process ‘connecting people to...
Posted in Design, Shopping
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