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Contemporary design in Turkey is largely unknown on the international stage. Historically, the country had a rich workshop culture that emphasized artisanal craft, with a focus on materials such as bronze, textile, brass, ceramics and stone and the use of techniques that utilized abstract geometries and patterns. It was not until the 1980s that a modern design culture emerged in the country, including the production of modern furniture and the embrace of interior design — and it has flourished in Istanbul. While Turkish design today has come to incorporate non-traditional materials such as glass and wood, its roots in craftwork using premodern materials continue to shape the country’s contemporary design culture.



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