3rd Culture in Çukurcuma is a truly unique store that sparks your imagination from the moment you step inside. This Istanbul-based design store has a remarkable mission to celebrate cultural diversity and create multidisciplinary projects that bring together photography, furniture, and cultural products in one space.
The store itself is a vibrant explosion of colors where you feel as if in a fairytale. From hand-painted items by women in India to homeware collections that promote a global and inclusive design aesthetic, 3rd Culture truly showcases the beauty of cultural exchange. It’s fascinating to see how they combine West African fabrics into their production process in Istanbul. Check out their Instagram to learn more about their vision.
What makes 3rd Culture even more special is their use of symbols originating from West Africa. Some symbols symbolize freedom and independence, while the iconic eye figure represents defence and protection against evil, resonating with many cultures throughout history. This attention to detail and cultural significance adds a layer of authenticity to their handcrafted products.
Whether you’re looking for a special gift or a unique souvenir to remind you of your trip, 3rd Culture is the perfect store to explore. The street where the store is located is also quite exploratory with its texture and antique shops. This is a must-visit area. Please read my article – Explore Çukurcuma – for more.