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Dutch designers @ Istanbul Design Biennial

Posted on 29 October 2014

lamp jacob de baanDutch designer Jacob de Baan will join Istanbul Design Biennial and Istanbul Design Week with a series of shows and events. One year after he moved to Istanbul, Jacob presents new products and projects directly born on Bosphorus.

The lighting series SAFIR (sapphire) is his latest design and it is highly inspired by Istanbul. Its translucent sheets made by biodegradable polymer, jute, acrylate or birch, reflect the city’s multiform feature. The SAFIR collection pays particular attention to ecological and sustainable solutions: a standard light bulb socket containing an energy-efficient lamp holds its structure together. No glue or screws are used. It is efficiently packed in a flat box to avoid environmental damage and high transportation costs.

SAFIR will be launch to the public in three different locations featuring three different settings and concepts: Istanbul Design Biennial, Istanbul Design Week and Romanian Cultural Institute.


Smart Design (…) Smart Life is an exhibition by Jacob de Baan, Giorgio Caione and Rianne Koens. It is one of the 53 projects selected by curator Zoë Ryan for the 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial – The Future is not what it used to be.

The smart design (. . .) smart life manifesto is a set of criteria developed by designers Jacob de Baan and Rianne Koens with curator Giorgio Caione to test the public perception of their own work. The exhibited objects – including SAFIR – are all for domestic use and are designed to
fulfil everyday needs. The installation borrows from shop windows and department store displays, revealing details of objects’ back story. Visitor’s actions are investigated through a hidden marketing strategy and an open participatory poll.

When: 1. November 14. December 2014

Where: Galata Greek Primary School, Kemeraltı Caddesi. No: 49, Galata, Beyoğlu

Walking Tour

During Istanbul Design Week, EUNIC Turkey, the network of the cultural institutes of European countries in Turkey, is organizing a walking tour to some of the palaces of its member states. The visitors will receive information regarding the history of the buildings, the design related programmes of the institutes/consulates and their activities. The participants will visit The Consulate General of Sweden, The Consulate General of the Netherlands, The Cultural Institute of Greece, The Italian Institute for Culture, Goethe Institute Istanbul, The Adam Mickiewicz Museum, and The Romanian Cultural Institute.

Tour Date: 6 November 2014, 10.30.

Starts from the Romanian Cultural Institute: Siraselviler Cad., nr. 21, Taksim, Beyoglu.


TAZE TASARIM – fresh design like daily bread –
Curated by Jacob de Baan

taze jacob de baanThe TAZE TASARIM project aims to bring Turkish designers together with the international creative industry and design world.
The selected Turkey based designers use design in a fresh new way. They do not communicate the ego of the designer but focus on the end user. Their designs are as fresh as the crispy ring-shaped “simit” bread, that Turkish people buy everyday from the simit street vendor cars.
These iconic cars are taken as a metaphor to communicate the fresh Turkish design approach and vision. In the exhibition the cars do not contain fresh simit bread but fresh Turkish design objects!
Designers: Alev Ebüzziya, Aykut Erol, Ayşe Ören, Beritan Fırat Arık, Bora Çakılkaya, Çiğdem, Dayıoğlugil, Demet Bilici, Emel Şahin, Emrah Son, Fulya Damgacı, Gamze Yalçın, Meriç Kara, Münir Keleşoğlu.

When: 5-9 November 2014
Who: Jacob de Baan in collaboration with Dream Design Factory
Where: Istanbul Design Week: İspark TRT Önü Açık Otopark Tepebaşı, Pera, Istanbul.
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The Turkish paper Hurriyet Daily News has a story on the Biennial as well. Read it here:




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One response to “Dutch designers @ Istanbul Design Biennial”

  1. Great that share my work on your website Marc!
    It is a lot of fun working here in Istanbul as a designer,

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