State of Design Studio at Bilgi ID, in collaboration with Frame Academy Programme, is realised as a part of the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial’s Parallel Events Programme.
Students from the State of Design Studio will carry out a design process for the panel series What’s the Matter? Design for a Phygital Word – Part 2 organised by the world’s leading design publication Frame, along with the local publication Istanbul-in-Between.
In line with its mission to inspire and connect makers and users in the interior design industry, Frame often works with sector leaders in order to create bespoke events and exhibitions, as well as collaborating with design schools to engage students to design for real-life events.
Istanbul Bilgi University Department of Industrial Design (Bilgi ID), founded in 2010, has a vision to create accessible and observable contexts for its students. The head of department, Assistant Professor Can Altay, believes that an educational idea – beyond the industrial-based mass production approach – must be shaped through the changing dynamics of the world, as well as the real-world production techniques. Thus, Bilgi ID stands out with its various modules: the elective design studio model realised as a first in Turkey; the traineeship programme in collaboration with Made in Şişhane project; its partnership with NABA providing two diplomas; and its membership of the Laureate International Education Network.
The programme, based on the idea that creative excellence makes the world a better place, gives a team of product design students a chance to have a multitude of opportunities for involvement in and out of the classroom, whether it be designing a product, process or experience. As part of the brief, Frame commissioned the student team of Bilgi ID (301-401 class) to design, build and manage a pop-up store during the Istanbul Design Biennial.
The studio focuses on creativity and critical thinking. For this project, the student design team need to rethink the changing working culture and formulate an interactive spatial design based on the idea of creating a community – questioning how an event/exhibition space is related to the product and its consumers, and how the space functions within the dynamics of the Istanbul Design Biennial and any additional practical issues that need to be addressed for this assignment.
Work started on the project at the end of September, when the students began researching the Bomotiada site and ALT Art Space, as well as analysing the profiles of Frame and Istanbul-in-Between publications. The project will culminate when the store opens to customers at Istanbul Design Biennial, from 22 October to 20 November 2016 at ALT Art Space in Bomontiada.
The studio is also hosting a seminar series at ALT Art Space, bringing the sector’s professionals together to raise awareness for interaction design, exhibition design, interdisciplinary production and co-working spaces. The speakers will include: Can Altay, discussing exhibition design and the history of exhibiting; Osman Koç, who will cover the evolution of tool, method and creative thinking in art and design; Candaş Şişman, speaking about the contexts in between the physical–digital scape; Engin Ayaz, focusing on establishing an interdisciplinary interaction and creation platform; Jussi Parka, who will outine the concept of Design Lab; and Mehmet Kütükçüoğlu, whose talk will focus on designing workspaces.