Where Felt meets silk

Felt’s Shyrdak rugs are the inspiration behind a new Hermès scarf

By Emma Harper | April 11, 2017


Traditional Shyrdak rugs made by nomads in Kyrgyzstan – tangible elements of a resilient culture – have turned into the stuff of high fashion.  ‘Appaloosa des Steppes’, designed by the artist Alice Shirley for the Hermès S/S17 silk scarf collection, draws on the geometric motifs and vivid colours of Felt’s...
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Looking back from London

The Book Fair returns to the classics

By Roger Williams | March 14, 2017


The London Book Fair opened today with Poland as the ‘Market Focus’ country, and trade looked brisk. The behemoth publishing houses occupied centre stage with vast stands and clients checking in for their appointment. Better to wander around the edge of Olympia’s Exhibition Halls to find publishers less susceptible to...
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Candle, candle, burning bright

Cornucopia Marketplace is now selling handcrafted NYKS candles

By Emma Harper | December 16, 2016


A candle in the window is a favourite Christmas tradition of mine. There’s something about a flickering light that alleviates the winter doldrums. So as the days grew shorter in Istanbul, I found myself searching for candles to brighten up the dark nights. My hunt led me to NYKS, a...
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Betting on Beyoğlu

Hacer Sayman is breathing new life into a Beyoğlu side street with her design boutique, antique shop and café

By Emma Harper | December 13, 2016


Hacer Sayman has a soft spot for neglected buildings. In a city like Istanbul, where historic structures are more likely to be demolished and replicated than conserved, her willingness to pour money into restoration projects is something of an anomaly. But it has served the community well: the beautiful old...
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Deck the halls

Get in the festive spirit at one of Istanbul’s holiday markets

By Emma Harper | November 30, 2016


The holiday season is upon us, which in Istanbul means preparations for the New Year. Conveniently, Yılbaşı (New Year) celebrations in Turkey have all the trappings of Christmas, including decorated fir trees, turkey dinners and even gifts from Noel Baba (Father Noel, otherwise known as Santa Claus). Another Christmas tradition...
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Fabrics fit for a Sultan

Ottoman Silks launches a line of kaftans with Glyndebourne

By Emma Harper | June 15, 2016


The wavy stem of a tulip, the fanning of a carnation, the lattice pattern created by delicate peony blossoms… the floral motifs of classical Ottoman silks are simply sumptuous. No wonder they were the first choice of Sultans, who commissioned teams of weavers trained in the art of silk hand-weaving...
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The London Book Fair 2016

Istanbul printers travel the world

By Roger Williams | April 12, 2016


The sun shone through the great glass roofs of the London Book Fair on its opening day today, when publishers from around the world brought their books to market. Sometimes it seemed more like a travel fair, and trips could be planned around such tempting titles such as Medieval Georgian...
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Holiday markets abound

Spreading good cheer in Istanbul

By Emma Harper | November 22, 2015


It’s almost that time of year to deck the halls with boughs of kokina (butcher’s broom) and gaze in amazement at the ornament-adorned trees and Santa Clauses that flood Istanbul’s shopping centres each year – all in the name of celebrating the New Year, mind you. While it can be...
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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

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...
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