Whenever I need some inspiration or kick my left side of the brain, I find myself roaming in the streets of Çukurcuma. Not only the great antique and vintage finds sitting and waiting to be picked up excites me, but also the character of the people who welcomes visitors to the stores astonishes me by their unique way of caring their products and objects. From the most affordable to highly expensive product category one common sense is caring and loving of what they have. Telling stories about the objects like “which century they belong to, what are the type of materials used in it, workmanship, the house where the piece was found, the story of the owner, the talents of the creator, background of the artist” are all part of Cukurcuma retail world. Many many different stories but always interesting and makes u even more curious at the end… I feel like each and every other object or the store can have its own tale that s how much I m filling myself backed up by composed of memories. That must be the reason why I love vintage shopping. I feel it is more of a research and digging out a memory and stimulation of finding a great object. Thats kind of gamble in a way, if you are lucky that day you end up by great findings if not oh well…. It is absolutely very different from shopping in a regular store set up and more sophisticated. It is a mystery where these objects and furnitures coming from and the life they went through.
I realize the designers who has located their showrooms or stores in Çukurcuma, they do have a unique taste of style and even they create something brand-new, it still seems there is a history and story behind. Many good ideas, many good objects every single day is being collected to the stores or leaving their places to the other once and it is my addiction to be part of it to be in design state of mind.
Fantastic atmosphere of Cukurcuma streets framed by old buildings
I can’t think of a balanced decor without the suddle look of Buddha image. Modern Tarih brings history along by great objects from Far East to old town of Istanbul
An old vintage shop ran by a lovely Textile Designer lady. We have found out that we ve graduated from the same Academy. We spent a good time chatting about the teachers and friends in common while looking at thousands of interesting vintage cloths, bags, shoes and hats.
Hakan Ezer famous Turkish interior Designer Cukurcuma showcasing his elegance furniture and design objects by his sophisticated style in his store. He is a designer lives and works in Cukurcuma.
Sevinç Altan’ s painting at Hakan Ezer’ s store