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Creative Turkey: iF launches new collaborate Book

Turkey has an impressive creative community - it is long overdue, to pay them tribute! Together with two journalists in Turkey, Safak Ünal and Sibel Baykam, iF launches the first book about the Turkish creative scene - "Creative Turkey". The cover of the coffee table book was designed exclusively by famous Turkish artist, actor and writer Bedri Baykam! "We at iF have sent it to 1,000 representatives of the international media and journalists as well as to 2,000 designers and design teams", says iF CEO Ralph Wiegmann.

As an exciting country with many influences, from Asia and Europe, and a long tradition of craftmanship, it is no wonder, the meaning of design is growing in Turkey. And often, such developments were traditionally or politically driven: One example is the significant growth of interior designers. This is mainly due to the building boom in Turkey that roughly started in the late 1990s. This is also when the governmental support for well-crafted and designed products began to grow:

The historical development of Turkey's design scene is probably incomparable to other countries and is also dealt with in the book. As well as the governmental support for design and design education itself.

The goal was now and then, to sell more competitive, well designed, unique products. The right name for it might be export driven design - especiall for kitchen equipment (see below)!

Kitchen Design and Arcelik strongest in Turkey on iF WORLD DESIGN INDEX

The iF WORLD DESIGN INDEX (WDI) is a benchmarking and evaluation system, divided into categories such as industries, as well as by country or continent. The index is compiled from iF award winners of the past five years and represents the world's most successful in-house design teams, the most reputed design studios and the top design-driven companies.

Creative Turkey - The Motivation

In the edition Creative Turkey, many current and high profile designers and design studios present themselves, among them Arcelik, Serhan Gürkan, Esra Asikoglu, Jale Kulin or Teget Architecture - to name a few. They show the span of creativity, that the country has to offer. 

Readers of "Creative Turkey" get a very personal look into the work and the people behind Turkey's thriving design scene.

iF CEO Ralph Wiegmann on the Design Scene in Turkey

Ralph Wiegmann, iF CEO
A domestic market that covers everything from basic needs to international design standards in the metropolises and an export industry that can only score points if it meets the demands of comparably sophisticated design. Architects who operate internationally and interior designers, some of whom attract attention to their work with benchmark designs. All in all: An excellent basis for creative, fertile ground and outstanding design

The Makers of Creative Turkey

Safak Ünal

Safak Ünal

Safak first graduated from Lycée Tevfik Fikret Izmir and then from Yıldız Technical University French-Turkish Translation and Interpretation Department. She worked as Features and Decoration Editor for Marie Claire Maison magazine for eight years, and wrote articles for Marie Claire, FHM and Super magazines. In 2013, she took up the position of Marketing Director and Brand Manager at Kaias Industries. Her next position is at InStyle Home magazine as the Editorial Director. Since 2016 she has been working freelance as a Senior Brand Consultant, Editor and Publishing Director for various clients, among others IKEA, Koçtaş, M&C Saatchi. Beside that, she continues working as a book editor and publisher in the field of design and architecture.

Sibel Baykam

Sibel Baykam

Sibel is a journalist and writer, born in 1971, graduated from Istanbul University Faculty of Communication. She started her journalism career in Vizyon magazine and continued with Tempo, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Skala and Vizon magazines as well as Deppo.com website. Baykam, who has been the Editor-in-Chief of Marie Claire Maison magazine for 10 years in cooperation with architects and designers. After quitting journalism she published two books titled "Like Your Own Life" in 2016 (novel) and "A Strange Little Girl" in 2018 (autobiography). As a co-founder of “Piramid Sanat” Contemporary Art Center, she publishes art catalogues, writes articles on different contemporary artists and their works, and organizes art exhibitions both in Turkey and internationally.

A view Inside: Creative Turkey Book

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Creative Turkey: How to get the Book?

Creative Turkey: How to get the Book?

“Creative Turkey”, is the beginning of a series of memory books designed to bring together Turkey’s accumulation, recollection, style and thoughts on the present and pioneer names in architecture, interior design, product design and brands, as it moves toward modern ages coming from the history of these lands, on which different civilizations have taken place throughout history. An archive-book prepared for the first time in Turkey. This is a book based on functionality, usability, form characteristics and set out to contribute ideas and concepts on these topics. "We aim to create significant impacts on behalf of the interdisciplinary and sectoral connections of these disciplines mentioned above, to create a cultural field, to show the reflection of quality and taste in innovation, technology and art subjects to design in general", says author Safak Ünal.

Creative Turkey is a hard cover, 208 pages, high quality design book, published by Piramid Publishing in Istanbul.

Want to have your very own Creative Turkey coffee table book (hardcover)? Please contact author Safak Ünal!

Want to publish a design book on your country and branch with us? Please contact us!

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