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Turkish Contemporary Design at ICFF 2013: WantedDesign

By Dwell @dwell
This May an exhibition of contemporary Turkish design was on display at the third installment of the Wanted Design fair, a burgeoning satellite to the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City. Sponsored by The American Turkish Society, Design: Istanbul-New York framed products by nine Turkish designers selected through a juried open-call competition. The exhibition, designed by Brooklyn-based Değer Cengiz, was displayed in wooden shipping crates lined like jewel boxes with dark fabric and featured furniture, tabletop, lighting and a carpet, and featured products by young to mid-career studios, familiar names and less familiar ones. Slideshow Pleat Box pendant lights by Hande Akçaylı and Murat Koçyiğit of Mashallah Design

Pleat Box pendant lights were made by Hande Akçaylı and Murat Koçyiğit of Mashallah Design to suggest the pliability of a textile. The two designers were both trained in Germany and established the studio in 2008.

Products ranged from Pleat Box, a ceramic light by Hande Akcayli and Murat Kocyigit of Mashallah and the elegantly layered Extra Wine Set, a carafe with drinking glasses by Ali Bakova; Attractive, a magnetized mirror by Umut Demirel; Relax, porcelain tableware that whose irregular shape stack to form an unusual pattern, by Tamer Nakisci; Tulûat, a wool rug by Koray Ozgen; Novela Vessels, ceramic containers by Erin Turkoglu and Melodi Bozkurt of Müzz Design; and the Tearend Teacup and Saucer, a tipsy take on the Turkish tea set by Can Yalman. Turkish food artist Dilara Erbay made a centerpiece specifically for the exhibition, called Wishing Tree, which she decorated with fortunes made from the traditional Anatolian grape paste called pestil.

The jury included Turkish names worth knowing: Gaia&Gino founder, Gaye Cevikel; Ferda Kolatan, co-founder of New York’s su11 architecture+design; Defne Koz, the Chicago and Milan-based principal of Defne Koz Studio and co-founder of Koz-Susani Design; Ayse Birsel , Paris-based co-founder and creative director of Birsel + Seck; and Ali Tayar, founder of New York’s Parallel Design Partnership.


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