Even though, every other creative has its own perspective and approach to execute a work, there is one common point in between them all, that is endless crave for inspiration. The brain constantly desires to be nourished. As soon as it has exposed by the exciting images and materials it starts working like sponge and sucks all the info, images, visuals and starts linking the recent views with the cache. The new exciting downloads ignates the spark, thats where the design process starts. This is one of the reason why I strongly believe the idea of Design is a process rather than a result, nevertheless a voyage of what has been observed and experienced.
Oh well, this is a whole different topic to discuss about. The reason why I gave this title to my post is; Galata is a place for great inspiration for creatives as well as being home of many local designers. It is one of the most attractive neighborhood of İstanbul by its historical identity and contemporary bohemian chic style. Beyoğlu is a district where today and past juxtaposes, local and international meets. Fascinates visitors everyday by its surprising identity. What else could be more exciting and nourishing for a curious mind?
Especially, the center of Galata and Serdar-ı Ekrem sokak are hosting many exciting designer stores and showcasing the most recent works of young and globally known talents. To keep in mind, it is also a great opportunity for designers all around the world to see what is happening in Turkish design life this days and maybe even possible to exchange ideas with the creatives at the site. I must say the galleries and the fashion stores in Galata is very mediatic by hosting events and exhibitions during all around the year. And it is one of the hottest spots of İstanbul for get to gather parties.
The printed guide Galatamap is listing 28 fashion stores, 8 hip food courts and 8 wonderful creative little shops selling design & objects. It is possible to find very famous fashion designers like Umit Unal, Bahar Korçan, Arzu Kaprol, Simay Bülbül in Galata as well as other young designers stores. Every one of them is reflecting dynamic Istanbul design world by its unique style. It is a very friendly and young environment welcomes visitors who ll appreciate the tasteful & stylish metropolitan shopping hub of Turkey.
Besides fashion stores there are great jewelery and object stores functions as workshop at the same time. One of them which I really enjoyed to visit is Sır Çini. Sadullah Çekmece is creating the most amazing potteries made by çini technique at his atelier which is in the store and sharing his projects by the visitors.