Istanbul is full of a sundry of design stores, but the best ones are often closely-guarded secrets. We've got the details for you in no particular order of preference or fabulousness.
IKSV Tasarım The design shop of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV), IKSV Tasarım stocks a collection of jewelry, stationery, t-shirts, books, and decorative objects by well-known local and international artists, designers and brands, such as Abidin Dino, Aida Pekin, and MoMa.
Lunapark Lunapark is a unique store specializing in nostalgic, traditional, and humorous products by Turkish brands and designers.
Gaia & Gino Innovative and creative luxurious objects by a team of international and local designers,
including Karim Rashid, Arik Levy, Jaime Hayon,Defne Koz, and Emir Uras, are found at Gaia & Gino, winner of several prestigious design awards, such as IDEA, Red Hot, and Design Plus.
Hiç Contemporary Crafts & Deareast Hiç and Deareast are sibling stores, attached to one another, both carrying a contemporary ethnic feel featuring furniture and small accessories by designers from the Middle East and Africa.
Autoban Autoban is a design studio and gallery where interior design and architectural projects fuse to create new spaces of high conceptual quality. The modern, progressive Autoban signature is recognizable all around Istanbul in such familiar places as The House Café chain.
Kağıthane (House of Paper) An innovative mix of items, such as notebooks, postcards, and bags, inspired by Istanbul and Turkish culture are available at Kağıthane stores, owned by Emine Tusavul.
Koleksiyon Koleksiyon is one of Istanbul’s most established design stores, which sells home décor items, from furniture and carpets to accessories and lighting, by local and international designers, such as Belkıs Balpınar, Alev Ebüzziya Siesbye, Gerhard Reichert, and Arni Aromaa.