Architect and Interior Designer Deniz Galip, having Istanbul and Milan as playground, is sharing her life and work cycle in Istanbul.
Dear Deniz, please tell us;
Who you are
I am an architect and interior designer moving around the Mediterranean (Greece-Turkey-Italy), for living and working. This geography forms a major part of my character, I can define myself as a passionate, organised aesthete. I love stories, beautiful objects/buildings/materials and people. I am very much influenced by modernist design and architecture, music, arts and long inspiring conversations. I try to use creativity to defeat my habits while I like having a routine. Contradictions and challenges are triggering forces for me. The most frequent question I ask to myself and to others is 'why'. I have a sensible and curious personality trying to stay solid while always dreaming.
Creativity is the personal production of 'the different than the others' which comes as a result of connotation, accumulation and education.
Structure your creative process
My creative process starts the moment I get a brief. From that moment on it is a non stop day and night reality for me. All my senses work simultaneously and create a feeling and then an image in my mind, which most of the time is very similar to how the final space looks like. In the meanwhile there is a period of research for materials, furniture, finishings and a very intense period of drawing, designing details and meeting the client. My work is very connected with the client. I never underestimate their needs and try to reinterpret them in a way as close as I can to my own vision.
What makes a city creative? List 5 aspects
The vision of the people
The existence of a significant history
The diverse and artistic communities
The constant flow and liveliness
The inspirational aspects as good light, perspective, nature
What makes your city creative
I find the 24 hours energy of Istanbul very creative to start with. The contradictions, diversity, unexpected street perspectives with the sea in the end, the easy access to craftsman and materials, the infinite historical places , the ability of people finding immdiate solutions, the weather, the decadence, the ability of the city to restart and refresh after every tragedy. The love and hate we all have for this place. It's being so seductive, provocative and difficult, yet so beautiful. The Bosphorus.
Visualize the map of your city showing your life and work cycle.
I live in the center very close to the Galata Tower but my work cycle includes all parts of Istanbul depending on the project. My photos show the most frequented areas but each task can recquire long unexpected transfers in the city.