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February 2014
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Magnolia bookstores

Interiors & details, Magnolia, Istanbul.

Founded by Yelda Süren Elmas and Zeynep Özcan, two Turks who speak impeccable French, the Magnolia bookstores of Galata and Tesvikiye look like antechambers of contemporary culture. Ceramic tiled floors, well-filled shelves, carefully selected decorative objects and colorful slices of beautiful books mixed with lifestyle knick-knacks, photographs and Ottoman treasures. And to complete the look, monographs and thematic volumes by Flammarion, Assouline, Thames&Hudson and Boyut Yayinlari (a local publisher), alternating here and there with a glass bestiary handmade by the artist Feleksan Onar, ceramics by Iznik (found at the Grand Bazaar) perfectly adapted to modern life and lamps designed by Turkish designer Arzu Dalbasar. A bookshop that certainly creates a bridge, like the city of Istanbul, between two worlds, at once modern and oriental.

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