Design Awards 2010

The Judges Awards

07. Best City

Istanbul never stands still. New restaurants, galleries, design outlets and creative institutions are constantly springing up amid the commotion created by the metropolis’s 12m inhabitants. The city's hotel industry is booming, with projects including design duo Autoban’s Marmara Şişli hotel and Witt Istanbul Suites; an urban redevelopment project in Beşiktaş centred around the W Istanbul; and the sumptuous new Four Seasons, perched on the bank of the Bosphorus. However, it is the design scene that is really taking off , with companies such as Gaia & Gino (producing work by the likes of Arik Levy and Jaime Hayón), Sema Topaloğlu Studio (an interior and furniture designer) and 888 Design (a venture uniting leading Turkish designers Aziz Sarıyer, Defne Koz and Aykut Erol) all sharing the spotlight. Selected as the 2010 European Capital of Culture, Istanbul has been working hard to live up to the accolade. Santral Istanbul, a contemporary art museum located in a redeveloped power station, opened its doors in 2007, while architect Nevzat Sayın’s new concert hall, The Seed, is an impressive addition to the Sakıp Sabancı Museum. Meanwhile, Istanbul Design Weekend garners international attention with its focus on the Mediterranean creative scene.

Cultural draws: The Seed concert hall at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum; Santral Istanbul contemporary art museum
Events: Istanbul Design Weekend
Hotels: The W Istanbul and Four Seasons Bosphorus in Beşiktaş; Tomtom Suites and Witt Istanbul Suites in Beyoğlu
Names to watch: Seyhan Özdemir and Sefer Çağlar of Autoban; Gaye Çevikel, founder of Gaia & Gino; designers Defne Koz, Aziz Sarıyer, Aykut Erol and Sema Topaloğlu

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