Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Istanbul in photos, the Serpentine's new cloud, Cape Town's hailstorm and more in our weekly look at the web

1. Tom Ford’s Western When he’s not changing the face of fashion for brands like Gucci and YSL, the iconic Tom Ford spends roughly a quarter of his year on a 24,000-acre New Mexico ranch. The equestrian compound, just south of Sante Fe, was meticulously designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando and features sprawling sandscapes, desert vegetation and moving water. It’s no mirage, a lot …

Word of Mouth: Istanbul

Five recommendations to kick off your Turkish sojourn

Though the Istanbul Design Biennial has come and gone, left in the wake is a metropolis refreshed by its burgeoning design community. The city of contrast may be known for traditionalism, but a growing international community is changing all of that, building a progressive urban culture alongside Byzantine ruins. Below you’ll find a handful of suggestions to begin your exploration of the continent-spanning megacity. Münferit …

Istanbul Design Biennial Highlights

Our favorite picks from Istanbul's first ever design Biennial

Istanbul’s design community has come into its own as a powerful international voice. As a testament to their rightful place in the international creative community, the city’s Foundation for Culture and Arts hosted the city’s first-ever Istanbul Design Biennial bringing together Turkish and international artists in a multidisciplinary showcase. Separated into two distinct exhibition spaces curated by Emre Arolat and Joseph Grima, respectively, the artists …