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Design for everyday natural stone product

1. Prize, Professional category: „Tırnak“, Salih Saygın DEREN. Stairwell with unusual steps.

Turkey’s Istanbul Mineral Association (IMIB), the nation-wide organization of the natural stone sector, has invested considerable efforts in design in the recent past. The main aim was to awaken the interest of young designers in natural stone as a material. 2014 saw yet another edition of the Natural Stone Design Competition – this time around split up in the categories „Professionals“ und „Students“. The competition was open to Turkish and Northern Cypriot residents as well as to new-comers Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

A total of 570 submissions entered the competition. The jury chose the best 10 for „originality, production feasibility and use of stone“, according to the press release.

The awards were, as always, lavish: from Turkish Lira, TRY 20,000 (US-$ 7,600, € 7,200) to TRY 5,000 (US-$ 1,900, € 1,800), students were endowed with awards ranging from TRY 10,000 to TRY 2,500.

IMIB/Turkish Stones

Categorie „Professionals“ (Turkish)

Categorie „Students“ (Turkish)

Renderings/Foto: IMIB

2. Prize, Professional category: „Op“, Nazmiye ÖZTÜRK. Not so much a product but rather an idea for production: chips of natural stone are fused and readied for lathing of a new product.3. Prize, Professional category: „Adam&Eve“, Tanzer KANTIK. Two main and two complementary pieces allow for a number of combinations.Honorable mention Professional category: „Parametrik Girişim Yüzeyleri“, Eren ÇIRACI and Mevce ÇIRACI. Play on heteronyne waves.1. Prize, Students‘ category: „Dividewall“, Hilal KURT. Room-divider as a mobile folding-screen.2. Prize, Students‘ category: „Kaynak“, Ufuk PEHLIVAN. Prayer-room for a shopping center or hotel: ritual washing area.3. Prize, Students‘ category: „Cubo“, Kardelen ALPTEKIN. Portable stone cooking area for multiple use.Honorable mention, Students‘ category: „Eclipse“, Ibrahim ÖZEN. Movable lamp.Honorable mention, Students‘ category: „Pisces“, Aslı ERKUN, Rezzan UÇAR, Ceren KIRAZ, Betül ERTAN. Table setting for serving fish.Honorable mention, Students‘ category: „ATM Stone“, Sefer KURTOĞLU. Granite cash dispenser.The award-winners.

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(15.04.2015, USA: 04.15.2015)