"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?"
Studio Begum Cana Özgür is a product and textile oriented design studio based in Istanbul and New York. With a focus on the crafts culture, we develop contemporary approaches to the traditional practice of weaving in Turkey. Through our explorations on color, texture and pattern we are seeking ways to create evocative and engaging products.
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.
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.
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.
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS and FAIRS
Le Signe, Centre National du Graphisme, De toutes les façons...Design graphique et textile
October 2019 - March 2020, Chaumont, France
Google Weaving- Stop Time, Istanbul Design Biennial
September - November 2019, İstanbul, Turkey
ECNP Galeri, KARMA Tutku Nesneleri
September 2018, Istanbul, Turkey
Wanted Desgin, Istanbul Design Collective
May 2018, New York, US
Cranbrook Art Museum, "Cranbrook: A New Domestic Space"
May 2017 - January 2018, Bloomfield Hills MI, US
Milan Design Week, Age Of Man
April 2017, Milan, Italy
ECNP Galeri, Sensation-Perception
March 2017, Istanbul, Turkey
LDF, Tent London / Box Park, Re-construct / De-construct
September 2016, London, UK
Wanted Design, Launch PAD
May 2016, New York, US
Hotel Bloom, CONTI-NEW
September 2015, Brussels, Belgium
Cranbrook Art Museum, CAA Graduate Degree Show
April 2013, Bloomfield Hills, MI, US
TEDxVefa Lisesi, Eclipse
June 2019, Istanbul, Turkey
Stockholm Furniture Fair Greenhouse Stage, Hands on: Design Process and Social Impact
February 2019, Stockholm, Sweeden
Herman Miller, Panel Discussion: Crossing Boundaries
May 2018, New York, US