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World designers gather for Istanbul's 1st design week


10-21-2016 00:39 BJT

From multi-sensory lighting to 3D printed clothing, tech-inspired designs are the focus of Design Week Turkey. The four day event is a first for Istanbul and is already attracting international designers.

Design Week Turkey opened its doors on Wednesday kicking off with the world renowned Italian lamp designer, Patrick Rampelotto, famed for his trophy lamps.

London-based designer and architect Daniel Widrig is bringing 3D printed space inspired steel chairs to the exhibition.

But an influx of new designers is bringing the novelties to Istanbul's very first design week.

Marco Stefanelli, from The Boxer Design in Turin, is the designer of "Multisensory Design Lamp."

"This lamp is made of cedar wood and resin. Multisensory design because we watch it, of course it is a lamp, we touch it, we sit on it also. But to manage, to turn on and turn off this lamp we have to touch it. Like this," said Marco Stefanelli.

The lamp is valued 165,000 US dollars.

German designer Lilien Stenglein has brought her smart yoga suit to Istanbul. Stenglein is the designer and founder of Lilien Finess Design, producing yoga Electrocouture designs.

"The yoga suit for the Digital Yogi, the specialty for this yoga suit is that it actively helps to open up the chakra points and it has special smart textiles incorporated which are highlighted with the only created laser cutting mesh so we are using a lot of technology," said Lilien Stenglein.

The suits are tailored and made using silver - prices are anything up to 2,700 US dollars. Organizers say a total of 40 international designers are participating in the exhibition with their products or through conferences, together with more than 50 Turkish designers.

"Istanbul is a unique platform. Istanbul is bringing the ideas from Eastern culture and Western culture. It really connects every part, I mean, from North to South, from East to West. So in design perspective you can see a lot of different and unusual consumer attitudes," said Sertac Ersayin, president of Industrial Designers Association of Turkey.

Design Week Turkey is being held at the Lutfi Kirdar Exhibition Centre in Istanbul from October 19 to 23.

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