5 places for great home décor in Istanbul
1) Hiç Contemporary Crafts
This shop, opened by interior designer Emel Güntaş, features one-of-a-kind home décor objects from passionate artisans and designers from all over Turkey and further east. The collection includes colourful Turkish coffeepots with wooden handles, hand-printed and illustrated silk scarves, ceramics with Islamic calligraphy and pillows with traditional Anatolian designs.
2) Nice To Have
After designing their own products and successfully selling them online, Özgür Atmaca and Ezgi Çınarlı took the next step and opened a physical store with all of their own functional creations. Nice to Have’s colourful spectrum includes solid brass candleholders and vases, totes with original illustrations and needlework in hoop frames.
A firm believer that life is improved through better objects of design, Manner sells goods that have a meaning of their own, enriching the story of their owners. Everything at Manner, from the table linens to ceramics to design objects, is chosen specially from likeminded designers, artisans and craftsmen.
Founded by architects Muhammet Taşlı and İdil Özbek in 2010, Ham:m is one of the best places in Istanbul to buy modern furniture handmade by local artisans. The Ham:m Nişantaşı shop also features home décor goods from local designers that go quite well with their Scandinavian designinspired furniture.
5) 3 Things on an Island
A tiny concept shop on the laidback and car-free Burgaz island with colourful handmade ceramics, decorative silk pillows, botanic-print clutches and natural beauty products. Make sure to ask about their monthly arts and crafts workshops.
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