Wednesday, May 25, 2011


The first dinner I'm designing for Istancool 2011 is in Karaköy, a mostly commercial quarter on the Bosphorus, which was originally the meeting place for banks and insurance companies in the 19th Century, but today is home to mechanical, plumbing, and electronic parts suppliers. The area is gritty but has a beauty and energy to it that is quite intoxicating.  In modern Turkish, "kara" means "black" or "dark" and "köy" means village.  It's the perfect place to host a dinner with the inimitable Tilda Swinton and her boyfriend Sandro Kopp, who is holding an exhibition of portraits he painted whilst on Skype.  The only portrait I've seen so far is the one you'll see below of Tilda herself.  The mood, complete with pixelations, I think, meshes well with the location and the atmosphere of the approaching evening.  I'm looking forward to Thursday and excited to share "after" photos from the party very soon.

A portrait of Tilda Swinton by Sandro Kopp

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