The MoMA Design Store announces the launch of Destination: Istanbul, a MoMA-exclusive product collection featuring more than 100 lifestyle products usually found only in Turkey. The line features 100 hand-picked products from 41 different Turkish designers including home accessories, furniture, kitchenware, jewelry, and more by emerging designers from Istanbul.
The Destination: Istanbul product collection captures the aesthetic of a cultural crossroads where east meets west and ancient meets modern. Istanbul’s celebrated design history is an amalgam of Byzantine and Ottoman influences, blending geometric patterns, rhythmic lines, and vivid colors.
Items from the collection include olive wood serving utensils harvested from the Aegean shores of Anatolia, porcelain espresso cups whose wavy silhouettes mimic those of whirling dervishes, and a traditional tea tray fashioned from contemporary materials such as steel and nylon. Other highlights range from abacus-inspired pearl jewelry and a pop-up Plexiglass chess set to colorful packing tape featuring the outline of Istanbul’s dramatic skyline.
Destination: Istanbul was made possible with the participation of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV).
It is the latest in the MoMA Design Store's popular Destination: Design series, which showcases emerging designers and design themes from around the world and provides a context for a rich appreciation of the ideas, forms, and materials presented. Prior Destination: Design events have focused on Finland, Denmark, Buenos Aires, Berlin, Japan, Seoul, Brazil, and Portugal.
Revenues generated by the Destination: Design series support the programs and exhibitions of the Museum of Modern Art.