Nahide Büyükkaymacı is a storied Istanbul-based designer that has put her stylistic touch on many areas of Istanbul and abroad. Her interior design flourishes can be found in restaurants in London, The Les Ottomans Lux Hotel here in Istanbul, and in the newly-built Şakirin Mosque in Üsküdar.
Her showroom in Çukurcuma boasts her own work, such as unqiue leather tapestries with special motifs hand or lazer-cut into the fabric. On display are a number of other notable Turkish artists’ works, including those by Gulsin Ergil, an electrical engineer turned artist who crafts unique tables and chairs entirely from reclaimed wood. Another is Tayfun Erdoğmuş, a still-active fine arts professor at Marmara University, who creates gorgeous mirrors and glass tables by laying intricate designs in gold and silver paint over reflective surfaces.
Çukurcuma: The Antique Find; by Eric James