The hidden handPublic Collection
One of the key features of design in Turkey today is the “hidden hand” of the artisan that sets limits on the salient points of design. We can say that the class of artisans working in furniture and interior design in Turkey, some skilled but mostly semi-skilled, influence deeply the nature of design. For example, we can see the influence of the craftsmen in Turkish design through the importance of the exterior shell and its surface treatment as a driving principle in design. The notion of design as “decoration” is important here. In eastern cultures, there has always been an importance to surfaces especially in Islamic decorative arts. Partly based on craft traditions and in part due to the restrictions on figurative imagery in Islamic culture geometry and pattern this notion of pattern, geometry on the surface is an area where Turkish craftsmen exhibit their creativity in a hidden way.