The first Istanbul Design Biennial will open October 12, taking the Galata Greek Primary School and Istanbul Modern as its main venues and the theme of “Imperfection” as its focus. It will feature work by hundreds of designers from Turkey and around the world, and will continue through December 12.
The biennial is organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), and curated by Emre Arolat and Joseph Grima. Its theme was suggested by Deyan Sudjic, an Istanbul Design Biennial advisory board member and the director of the Design Museum in London. The biennial’s exhibitions will explore creative products and projects from all disciplines of the creative industries in major fields from urban design to architecture; interior architecture; and industrial, graphic, fashion and new media design, as well as their subfields.
The exhibitions will include 514 projects, 236 of which are of Turkish origin, while the remaining 278 come from 48 other countries around the world, including the United States, Germany, Belgium, France, Britain, Italy, Spain and Greece.