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An animated piece with leather blob cushions and a concretised aluminium frame. Variations exist with various numbers of blobs and upholstery in faux fur and fabric. Pieces can be clustered in modern home settings and create a visual appeal.
Aluminum, Concrete composite, Leather
Istanbul-based, London-trained architect and designer Nilüfer Kozikoğlu\'s work is focused on material properties, organic compositions and their variable states, and she is best known for her work in concrete, including design and furniture production. Kozikoğlu is interested in peculiarities of form and design that evoke the animated properties of space, especially with materials such as concrete and cement. Her interest in dynamic forms is reflected in her installations and designs, which weave together digital technologies and handcrafted processes as on-site and workshop experiments. Nilüfer runs her practice as partner at the Tuşpa NK agency for architecture, and the urban material workshop Urban Atolye.
The body of work in this collection consists of pieces by Greek designers of the mainland and the diaspora, or international professionals who live and work in Greece. As a common theme we tackle the elusive notion of “Greekness” and how this transpires through the work of seemingly diverse and distinct individuals. In our attempt to define “Greekness”, we aim to raise questions about how this plays out in the work presented.
How do Greek designers view their identity? Is it through their effort to decipher their heavy heritage? Is form important in order to achieve a predisposed classic elegance, or is a philosophical disposition towards shape more poignant? Could it be simply a resourcefulness and DIY ethic to make up for the absence of design infrastructure?
How do Greek designers based abroad deal with their background? Could it be that they simply ignore it in order to finally free themselves? Is there a certain amount of innovation necessary in order to channel it into the new environment?
Finally, how do foreign designers see their work influenced by their Greek surroundings? Is it the reference through the use of noble materials such as marble or the abundance of natural light that makes their work unquestionably Greek? Or could it be something else they were seeking when they decided to move here, something abstract like humour or drama? Could their arrival finally mean a departure from Greek heritage’s self-reference?
The pieces that we present might seem ill-matched, but they share an important core element. They are confident in their narrative of a personal story of identity, that is either at peace or against the Greek archetype. Through this communication, they all describe a culturally mature and vibrant scene that is finally extroverted and coming of age.
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