Autoban to represent Turkey in London
ISTANBULThe first London Design Biennial, which will take place at Somerset House between Sept. 7 and 27 this year, will feature designs from 40 countries, including Turkey.
A selecting committee, formed by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) under the leadership of artist and communication advisor Paul McMillen, has invited internationally renowned multidisciplinary design studio Autoban.
Founded by Seyhan Özdemir and Sefer Çağlar in 2003, Autoban is an Istabul-based multi-disciplinary studio working across architecture and interiors, product and experiential design, with a portfolio that demonstrates their unique design approach on both local and international scale.
The studio explores the potential of ordinary materials by using them in an unorthodox and artful way, which simultaneously pushes the boundaries with the opportunities of craftsmanship and modern technology.
For its inaugural year, the London Design Biennale invites participating countries to explore the theme “Utopia by Design,” as 2016 marks the 500th anniversary of the publication of Sir Thomas More’s classic, “Utopia,” a work of political philosophy that describes a fictional country and the ethnography of its contented inhabitants.
The biennial will bring together designers and will be a stage for debate, discussion and collaboration. It will be a laboratory of ideas that might contribute to making the world a better place.