Developed as a student project at Istanbul Bilgi University, "The New Domesticity: Furniture Issue" is on display as a part of the Dutch Design Week that kicked off on Oct. 22. The project aims at rethinking the domestic life in a given living space, designing furniture that corresponds to this life with its broadest sense, in a conceptual way. Following the research and design processes, the project highly benefited from pre-industrial, industrial and post-industrial experiences accumulated in Istanbul during the production phase. The New Domesticity looks into the furniture issue in scope of domestic and daily life and puts forward a collective work with furniture and accessory designs.
The project is based on a furniture design studio which was opened at Istanbul Bilgi University in the spring semester of the 2015-16 academic year and conducted by Asst. Prof. Dr. Avşar Gürpınar, designer Adnan Serbest and Res. Asst. Görkem Özdemir. From the beginning, the tutors aimed to open up the projects and discussions held within the studio to a broader public and make them more visible in urban, country-wide and international contexts. The New Domesticity is the first student project to be exhibited outside Turkey after a long time, and also the first international exhibition of the university's Faculty of Architecture.
The 30 m2 installation includes the furniture pieces developed in the studio, drawing alternatives for domestic life. The New Domesticity can be visited at Temporary Art Center in Eindhoven between October 22-30.
The event started back in 1998 as a local and humble design day was transformed into a design week in 2002 and later on into the international Dutch Design Week in 2004 with 280,000 visitors that year. This year, the event takes place in more than a hundred spaces and hosts more than 2,500 designers. The ambassadors of this year's Dutch Design Week are Maarten Baas, an independent Dutch designer and Bas van Abel, Fairphone's CEO and the author of the Open Design Now.
Curators: Avşar Gürpınar, Görkem Özdemir
Exhibition Design: Cansu Cürgen, Merve Bedir
Student/Designer: Cem Örgen, Derya Akdemir, Ecem Aksoy, Esra Tokat, Günbike Erdemir, Nur Horsanalı, Nur Seda Şahin, Yağmur Kocaman, Liana Kuyumcuyan
Fien Muller and Hannes van Severen explain their own methods to design and produce with a principle which lets the designers to rethink an existing space