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Turkish Contemporary Design at ICFF 2013: WantedDesign

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.

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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