Civan’s City Notes #4: Fikret'in Dünyası

In Cukurcuma, the street of antique shops in Istanbul, there is a store with its most childish joy called “Fikret’in Dünyası” (Fikret’s World). He is one of a kind who could keep the child in himself by sharing this toy history and its heirloom with us in his lovely world. He cherishes old toys because he knows that new toys are fast moving consumer goods and have no “memoirs” like old ones.

At the location that contains oldand rich culture of Istanbul, a store with lots of toys, is hiding with its own sparkle. But this mysterious air is turning out to a warm atmosphere with the smile of Fikret Bey and hugging toys. Local manufacture dolls, collection cars, toy houses, rug dolls, miniature soldiers…

 
 

Fikret entered this path by collecting old phone cards. Between 97 and 98, his interest moved towards old toys and he started collecting them with a golden fire truck for the very first time. Antique shops around are very important source for finding out rare pieces belong to ''the city''. He has a special collection of toys that he has been collecting abroad as well.

With its all unassumingness, the store is caressing your heart with its details, and taking you to past, naturally...