New York (April 2013) – Ideas representing the cutting-edge of Turkish design were selected to participate in the upcoming “Design: Istanbul – New York” presentation within the Wanted Design in New York (May 18-20, 2013). The debut exhibition, organized by The American Turkish Society, will present a cross section of Turkish industrial design during New York’s official design week. “With more than 30 impressive submissions received, we are thankful to our jury for undertaking the difficult task of selecting the seven design creations that best exemplified originality, commerciality and overall design excellence,” said Doga Kayalar-Polat, program director at The American Turkish Society. “As part of our mission to foster intercultural dialogue and understanding, we hope to continue to highlight the best of design from Turkey in the U.S.” A jury comprised of the leading design minds of Turkish design, including Gaye Cevikel, Defne Koz, Ali Tayar, Ayse Birsel and Ferda Kolatan, evaluated entries received from an open-call to community. They decided on the final selections (comprised of furniture, tabletop items, housewares, lighting and carpets):
Pleat Box by Mashallah
Hande Akçaylı and Murat Koçyiğit of Berlin-based Mashallah created ceramic light “Pleat Box” that was made to recall the silhouette of textiles. An interdisciplinary design studio fascinated by the poetry of art and technology, Mashallah was founded in 2008. Akçayli studied design and experimental Fashion in Moscow, Istanbul and at Berlin University of the Arts. Koçyigit completed his Industrial Design studies at the same University. Exterior: Recycled enamel. Available in white ceramic, underglazed red, or grey clay. Interior: Available in white enamel with a glitter effect or gold, which creates a warm light.
Wine set by Ali Bakova
Ali Bakova designed a wine set complete with a bottle and a drinking glass. The set comes in three different colors: clear, pink and light green. Bakova is a design consultant focused on design movements, strategies, as well as the interaction between arts and artifacts. Member of the Editing Council for “AD art+decor” magazine, he was the curator of the “İstanbul ADesign Fair 2004”. In 2005 and 2006 he was chosen member of the jury for the İstanbul Design Week, and he is currently a design critic for Radikal-Design newspaper, Maison Française and numerous design blogs.
Attractive by Umut Demirel
Umut Demirel’s “Attractive,” a mirror and magnet combination, promotes the convenience of grabbing-and-going. Demirel fostered an interest in physics and mathematics, and has begun focusing on incorporating those interests in his designs. Educated in Istanbul and trained in Norway, he is currently a freelance designer with a wide range – from designing kitchen products and furniture, to promotional products and exhibitions.
Relax by Tamer Nakisci
Tamer Nakışçı’s modern design of “Relax” plates represents porcelain tableware that creates different patterns when stacked. Red Dot and iF Product Design Award-winner Nakışçı works across a broad range of projects, varying from product design to conceptual projects, interactive installations and interior design. He is the founder of Studio/Nakisci, the Istanbul based design and construction firm.
Tulûat by Koray Ozgen
The “Tulûat” wool rug by Paris-based Koray Özgen, was created through a process which the designer starts and the weaver completes without referring to any preset scheme. Özgen started his own studio in Paris following his internship at Ecole Nationale Superieure de Création Industrielle (E.N.S.C.I.). Awarded with an “Observeur Star” in France in 2006, Ozgen Design Studio provides multi-disciplinary design solutions for brands and institutions like Pompidou Centre, City of Paris, Knoll International France, Lille3000, Skultuna 1607, Innermost, Garanti Bank, SALT, Paşabahçe, Mey, Diageo, and designs his own range of distinctive objects for the Ozgen Design Collection.
Novela Vessels by Müzz Design
The Istanbul-based Müzz Design team, made up of designers Erin Türkoğlu and Melodi Bozkurt, present “Novela Vessels,” a family of ceramic tabletop products.Their interests in a wide variety of design including furniture, product and fashion, allows them to explore multiple facets of creativity. Both Erin and Melodi studied industrial design at Pratt Institute in New York City.
Tearend Teacup and Saucer by Can Yalman
Parsons alum Can Yalman’s “Tearend Teacup and Saucer” brings a contemporary interpretation to the Turkish tea set. The Can Yalman Design studio is a consultancy that provides a combination of innovative designs and practical problem solving through research and technology implementation, offering design services from concept creation to product development and manufacturing.