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„Young Creative Ideas Platform” at the Marble Trade Fair, Izmir

Students, whose product ideas were presented at the Marble Trade Fair; center: Gökhan Karakuş, Designer and Member of the jury. Photo: IzfasRepresentatives of the participating companies, center: Izmir mayor Aziz Kocaoğlu. Photo: Izfas

Ideas for household items by creative young designers from Turkey made of local natural stone are on display

Marble trade fair in Izmir (March 28th to 31st 2018) introduced its „Young Creative Ideas Platform”, a novel stage for presentation of the fruit of design students and young designers from Turkey, working on household items in local natural stone. Natural stone producers were also called upon to participate by choosing viable pieces and producing a prototype for display.

We had described the process in some detail in a previous issue (see link below). Here are the pieces displayed at the Fair.

Three of the objects were awarded a prize in amount of 5,000 Turkish Lira (about 1,315 US-$) and a certificate. Two more prizes for best cooperation between young designers and a stone producing company were awarded. Tümmer Company sponsored an extra prize.

The competition was remarkable in more ways than one: first of all, it sets new standards for Turkey as a world player for export of raw blocks; secondly, a number of companies were represented eager to go new ways; and finally, product design was the aim of the competition.

A similar initiative was taken by the Xiamen Trade Fair, where the „Stone Infinite“ platform was conjured to present marketable product ideas.

Marble trade fair

Stone Infinite, Xiamen 2018

Winner, award for best cooperation: „Yin Yang“. Company Silkar/Akdo. Design: Mert Taş (Bilgi Üniversitesi).Winner, award for best cooperation: „Yin Yang“. Company Silkar/Akdo. Design: Mert Taş (Bilgi Üniversitesi). Fotos: Peter BeckerWinner: „Koza“ (cocoon). Company: Natur Stone. Design: Fatma Betül Dokucu (Tobb Etü).Winner: „Calient“. Company: Granitaş. Design: Orçun Umut Kumova (İzmir Ekonomi Üniversitesi).Award for best cooperation. „U-bench“. Company: Limra Mermer. Design: Gizem Karataş (Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi).Special award Tümmer. „MermerDiven“. Company: Tümaş Mermer. Design: Berke İnce (Işık Üniversitesi).„Motif Sehpa“. Company: Limra Mermer. Design: Başak Yunatçı (İzmir Ekonomi Üniversitesi).„Moon“. Company: Natur Stone. Design: Nimet Dilaver (İzmir Ekonomi Üniversitesi).„i-Beam“. Company: Iz-Ko Mermer. Design: Ümit Çağlar (İzmir Ekonomi Üniversitesi).„Hatıra Taşı“ (Souvenir/flash drive). Company: Taşpinar Granit. Design: İsmail Güneş (İzmir Ekonomi Üniversitesi).„Aura“. Company: Tümaş Mermer. Design: Samed Türker & Aylin Ertürk (İzmir Ekonomi Üniversitesi). „Ferhat ile Şirin“. Company: Kömürcüoğlu. Design: Göksu Çağlar (Tobb ETÜ).„Smyrna“. Company: Iz-Ko Mermer. Design: Nimet Dilaver (İzmir Ekonomi Üniversitesi).„Babli Mama Kabı“. Company: Natur Stone. Design: Başak Yunatçı (İzmir Ekonomi Üniversitesi).„Ola & Çizgi“. Company: Peyar. Design: Gülce Gümüşdere (Tobb Etü).„Doğaltaşın yıldızı“. Company: Granitaş. Design: Merve Varolcan (Mimar Sinan Üniversitesi).„Voronoi Organizer“. Company: Peyar. Design: Murat Yavuz Özbek (Karabük Üniversitesi).„İçimgah“. Company: Peyar. Design: Emre Kıvrak & Dilara Akkaya (Hacettepe Üniversitesi).„Hür“. Company: Natur Stone. Design: Çağla Çağlar (Tobb Etü).„Alaf“. Company: Alimoğlu. Design: Oğuz Boz (Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi).„Lava“. Company: Taşpinar Granit. Design: Yılmaz Aksaç (Anadolu Üniversitesi).„Cave“. Company: Alimoğlu.  Design: Burçin Şahin (Işık Üniversitesi).

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(04.06.2018, USA: 06.04.2018)