"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 Cana Özgür graduated from Bilkent University, Interior Architecture and Environmental Design department (2010). In 2013 she recieved 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. Her recent work focuses on the tradional rug weaving culture of Turkey, which is on the edge of being forgotten in Anatolia. Fascinated by this culture, she seeks to introduce a fresh, contemporary approach to this heritage coming from her own roots.
Cana’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.