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Sitting Pretty
Designer Rifat Özbek, who moved from Turkey to London in the 1970s, became famous a decade later with his daring, ethnically inspired fashions for women. His newest venture, a collaboration with fellow designer Erdal Karaman in one of Istanbul’s most haute shopping districts, takes a more traditional turn. At Yastik (the Turkish word for cushion), the simple geometry and striking patterns of hand-woven textiles and antique fabrics are shown to maximum effect in a minimalist white store. When a work of design is as stunning as one of Özbek’s cushions, its elegance doesn’t require any help attracting attention. Take flight on Turkish Airlines newest route, from Miami to Istanbul, beginning this month.
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