Ali Tayar was born in Istanbul in 1959 and studied architecture at the University of Stuttgart and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1993, he formed Parallel Design Partnership, through which he designs and produces furniture and hardware. The pieces derive from the twin imperatives of structural behavior and the methods of mass-production.

Tayar's work ranges from objects and furniture to commercial interiors and architectural projects. Ongoing projects include a "net-zero" house in Austin, Texas, the interior of a high performance sailboat, a carbon fiber house in Switzerland, and a pre-fabricated interior system for a loft in SoHo. Tayar was a finalist for Cooper Hewitt's National Design Award in 2009.