DAY is a design studio and consultancy based in Istanbul that focuses on developing furniture, lighting and accessories as well as industrial products and packaging. The studio was founded by Doganberk Demir and Yesim Eroktem in 2015, following their graduation from ECAL, Switzerland.
Each of the pieces they create tend to reflect the founder’s Turkish origins. Their most recent project Avlu focuses on local manufacturing using a network of craftsmen located in and around the Grand Bazaar. The objects in Avlu have been made using natural materials such as marble, wood and silver.
Each product created by EMNA using craft skills, with the application of the artist's eye,
is simple, bold and assertive. They embody the respect for material which is shared by the artisan and the artist. The beauty, originality and utility of our designs result from the application of focussed creativity.
"The essence of the object is given life through the combination of the skill and vision which enable the craftsman to exploit the characteristics and imperfections of the materials such as wood, marble... to create a unique piece... The end product is an object which is a thing of beauty, practical and which pays homage to the material and the craft of the artisan and which delights the eye."
Escapefromsofa is a design studio established in Istanbul in 2009. Catering to various design needs like interior and product design, Escapefromsofa creates high profile solutions by nurturing the contextual and contemporary values of their demographics. The brand strives to create rich experiences for clients with their humble approach towards design, taking into account the disparities of our everyday lives. Escapefromsofa believe in simplicity and they worship the details; they enjoy working with new and emerging materials and technology.
Halit Berker studied Fine Arts at the Academy of Art Collage in San Francisco. He returned to Istanbul and worked as creative art director for a global advertising agency. Seven years later he started designing furniture as a hobby. Realizing he could sell the pieces he loved to create,
Halit Berker turned this hobby into a fulltime job. He started designing and producing furniture under his own name with a team of 3 other people.
Halit Berker’s furniture designs are inspired by the 50s and 60s, a common theme at the brand owner’s home.
The Swiss brand ROYAL BLUSH started in 2006 as a pure hand-bag label. In the past 10 years, the collection developed into a wider range of Bracelets, Necklaces, Fingerings, Belts , Bags and newly also city-wear leather espadrilles.
They are worn by celebrities like Jessica Alba, Daphne Zuniga and Eric Roberts, to name a few.
Responding to the urgent need for awareness, we contribute our vision & design work towards a future, where design combined with sustainability will be the new ‘luxury’.
Each of our products are made in good conscience, using vegetable tanned calf leather and organic salmon skin, manufactured with local handcraft. Elementary, reduced and pure.
Lasvit ́s mission is to transform glass into breathtaking light and design experiences.
Beauty and elegance came together in the heart of Europe and made Czech glass, also known as Bohemian, famous for its uniqueness and extraordinary quality. It became the decoration of choice in nearly every palace for centuries. Whether cut, blown or otherwise embellished, the sights of Roman Emperor Rudolf II, French king Louis XV or Empress Elizabeth the Great of Russia surely occasionally fell on its sparkling surface as they were shaping human history.
The intelligent manufacture of locally available natural resources and versatility of the product allowed the glass to become a staple of Czech heritage, a symbol of the small country’s aesthetic tradition and a craft passed on from generation to generation. Bohemian glass adapted to every artistic course and became a small taste of luxury that everybody desires to own to this day.
The brand Lasvit, founded in 2007 by Leon Jakimič, sheds a new light on Bohemian glass and takes it into the next millennium. Lasvit combines the authenticity of glass craft with innovative technologies and creative craftsmanship. In a few short years, Lasvit has established itself as the authority delivering bespoke lighting sculptures and art installations made from hand-blown glass.
Collaborations with renowned designers and artists produce also unique glass collections. Nendo, Ross Lovegrove, Daniel Libeskind, Maarten Baas, Czech legends René Roubíček and Bořek Šípek are among those who choose Lasvit in order to embody their unconventional artistic vision, endow it with the precision and mastery of our glassmakers, and produce impressive creative oeuvre. This is a manifesto of Lasvits’s uncompromising mission: To transform glass into breathtaking light and design experiences.
The collection "honi soit qui mal y pense“ lives in the space between fashion and costume, inspired by historical records about the entertainment show culture. These women were highly influential, known and appreciated for their beauty, erudition and their talents in dance, music and philosophy. They pulled the strings behind the scenes, side by side with important personalities. These designs originate from the interpretation of said records. In the execution this results in a combination of traditional and modern materials such as felt, leather, resin and fibreglass. Show girls made a huge impact on fashion and trends of their epochs. The most famous among them could afford every fashionable finesse they could think of, thanks to their wealthy beneficiaries, and certainly had the confidence to show off these novelties. They were icons of their time but still had to abide to strict rules. To be able to distinguish between the so called women of the Show Girl and respectable women they had to stick to the dress code of their cities. To give an example: during the 15th century duke Amadeo VIII. of Savoyen decreed the courtesans to wear a cap with two horns, each at least half a foot long. The self proclaimed queen of the Show girls, Imperia, who lived in Italy at the same time was said to adorn her bed in black covers, a highly unusual choice. Imperias horned cap is the eccentric result of these historical records.
Photo Credit; URS SIEDENTOP Bremen, Germany