Future of Furniture, Design for Future Living
Theme: Furniture and Dining Culture



Future of Furniture, Design for Future Living

  • 1st Place: 30.000 TL (about 5.000 €)
  • 2nd Place: 20.000 TL (about 3.500 €)
  • 3rd Place: 15.000 TL (about 2.500 €)
  • Mentions (x3): Each 7.500 TL (about 800 €)
  • İstikbal Special Prize: 10.000 TL (about 1.500 €)
  • TDC Turkish Design Excellence Prize: 10.000 TL (about 1.500 €)

*All license rights of the designs that are placed in the competition are reserved by Erciyes Anadolu Holding A.Ş.


Future of Furniture, Design for Future Living

Atilla Kuzu

Atilla Kuzu was born in 1963 and graduated from Marmara University, Department of Interior Architecture in 1987. Zoom / Tpu (Design Project Implementation) was founded by Kuzu with his partner architect Levent Çırpıcı in 1994. He was nominated for Aga Han Architecture Awards with the Figen-Servet Yazıcı residential project and also he was a finalist in the WAF Awards for the Maslak Acibadem and Liv Ulus projects. His exhibition stand designs received the first prize by Yapı-TURKEYBUILD in 2010,2011 and 2015. The ’Open’ series designed for Intema in 2010 received the “Best Kitchen Design” award at the Elle Decor International Awards and the ‘Angle’ table designed for 888 companies won the “Best Design” award at Design Turkey. Atilla Kuzu, who was selected as the ’Designer of the Year’ by Elle Decor International Awards in 2011, received the first prize in the ‘Best Kitchen’ category in ‘Fluido’ designed for Intema in 2012. He won the Red Dot Design Award in the concept furniture design category with his "Mantis" designed for Ozon Design. ‘Taklamakan’ bench and ‘Barringer’ coffee table designs are finalists at the International Furniture Design Fair in Japan. Kuzu, continues his interior design and architectural projects in addition to his product designs.

Burak Asiliskender

Burak Asiliskender is the founding head of the Department of Architecture at Abdullah Gül University and a partner of Argeus Architecture founded in 2011. He completed his undergraduate studies in architecture at Yıldız Technical University; master's degree in building knowledge program and doctoral studies in the architectural design program at Istanbul Technical University. He was the publishing coordinator of TOL Architecture Culture Magazine and also Asiliskender is an international member of Docomomo (International Committee for Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Sites and Neighborhoods of the Modern Movement), EAHN (European Architectural Historians Network) and TICCIH (The International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage). His studies focus on 20th-century architecture, housing, urbanization, and Kayseri. There are national and international articles and papers published on modernization and industrialization process, modernity, identity, place, and place in the early Republican period and compilation books. He still teaches architectural design and theory at AGÜ.

Cemal Çobanoğlu

Cemal Çobanoğlu received bachelor's degree in Interior Architecture and a master's degree in International Masters in Interior Architectural Design from Istanbul Technical University. He studied at Lahti University of Applied Sciences in Finland and Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland. During this period he wrote his thesis on mid-century furniture design and Scandinavian design. He has received many awards in urban design, interior design, and furniture design competitions. After graduation, he gained experience in various design offices. In 2014, he founded ‘ABRA Design Studio’ with Başak Bakkaloğlu and simultaneously writes for Arkitera.

Deniz Leblebici Başar

Deniz Başar has a bachelor's (2001), master's (2004) and Ph.D. (2013) degrees in the Department of Industrial Design. She worked as a research assistant in the Department of Industrial Design at Istanbul Technical University between 2003-2013. She specializes in designing shoes and fashion accessories, her works have been introduced in various national and international exhibitions. Between 2009 and 2010, she conducted an interdisciplinary research project in the Psychology Department of the Institute of Social Sciences at SUNY-Albany, USA. In 2011, she took part in the development team of ‘Developing a Web-Based Matching and Consultancy System for Bringing SMEs and Newly Graduated Designers’ in collaboration with İSTKA and ITU. With the support of ITU BAP unit, she conducted a research project at SUNY-Albany Institute of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, which examines the processes of creativity and mental formation from the perspective of cognitive science. Between 2016 and 2017, she served as the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Architecture at Istanbul Technical University. Since 2018, she has been working as the Visual Communication Design Coordinator at Istanbul Technical University, in addition to her academic studies.

Emine Merdim Yılmaz

Emine Merdim Yılmaz was born in 1978, İstanbul. She completed her secondary and high school education in Erenköy Girls’ High School. In 1995, she entered Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture and completed her architectural education in 2000. During her bachelor period, she did an internship at Erözü Architecture and with Önder Tuncay. She did not complete the master's degree in 2000, which started at ITU Institute of Science, Department of Building Elements. In 2001, she worked at Sinan Genim's office and at the Archaeological Excavation of Patara. Between 2002 and 2006, Emine Merdim Yılmaz worked as the editor of at Arkitera Architecture Center. She is currently the General Coordinator of Arkitera Architecture Center.

Ömür Akkor

Ömür Akkor was born in 1975 and graduated from the Department of Economics at Uludağ University. He teaches ‘Anatolian Culinary History’,’Ottoman Cuisine’ and ‘Turkish Cuisine’ courses in Gastronomy Department at Eastern Mediterranean University. He is working as chief of the excavation which is the oldest ongoing archaeological excavations in Turkey and 4000 annual dinners of the workshop are implemented by him. For the last 15 years, he has visited 81 provinces to work on Turkey’s kitchen culture and completed the ‘250.000 km for Turkish cuisine’ project. The project continues as ‘300.000 km for Turkish cuisine’. As a result of these travels, the first volume of his ‘Komili Taste Travelogue with Ömür Akkor’ was published in 2016 and the flavor routes of his new trips are published in the Habertürk newspaper market supplement. In addition to 18 cookbooks he has written on Turkish Culinary Culture, he has prepared 3 cookbooks for the visually impaired. These cookbooks are currently available in 6 languages. There are 16 other translation books published abroad. The books he wrote in 2013, 2014 and 2016 were selected as the best in the world by the gourmand cookbook awards.


Future of Furniture, Design for Future Living

  • Announcement: October 7, 2019
  • Application & Submission Dates: November 10, 2019 - December 20, 2019
  • Winner’s Announcement: January 10, 2020

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