"For me, the key function of design is to be deeply inter-woven in the lives of people. As designers we should understand that our creations are just props in their bigger stories. I am less interested in objects as functional items but more interested as companions and catalysts in the life experiences. To me, the question is, “How can objects of the built environment become a part of our inner lives and what qualities in them lend deeper relationship with the users?"
Begüm Cânâ Özgür graduated from Bilkent University, Interior Architecture and Environmental Design department (2010). In 2013 she received her masters degree at Cranbrook Academy of Art, 3D design department. In 2014, she started her studio based in Istanbul where the cultural richness of the land has been the major motive in her work, developing an interest in ancient craft practices.
With her work, she creates a contemporary expression through the traditional culture of weaving. Her journey is enriched through the dialog she forms with the women weavers of Anatolia who takes role in the production process from their homes. This inclusive design process calls the power of design in social transformation, drives her to take a responsible position through her design practice.
Cânâ’s work integrates design, art and crafts. Starting from the initial ideation, her design process is carried out hands on. She plays with common materials and existing techniques to fully understand their potential to develop a new contemporary expression. The experimental process results in the development and adaptation of skills, suggesting new ways of doing.
In 2015, her first flat-weave rug collection, SHADE, received Elle Decor International Design Awards EDIDA and was relaunched in 2017 by nanimarquina.
Currently based in-between New York and Istanbul, she is collaborating with international brands and interior designers for custom projects, as well as taking an active role in the production of her self-initiated projects and designs.