Parallel Participants

“Parallel Participants” programme was organized for design focused companies and architectural design studios within the framework of the first Istanbul Design Biennial. During the programme, these companies, as one of the important agents of the design world, will share their own institutional cultures with the biennial’s visitors. Companies that participate in the programme are organizing activities in their own venues, within the scope of biennial theme, “Imperfection” in order to present their own approaches to the biennial audience.

Participiants of the programme are planning a variety of events ranging from participatory and interactive workshops, to exhibitions, seminars, conversations, designers meetings and video screenings. The Schedule of the events dispersed around the city will be available on design biennial web site and the program booklet.

+D Group, Arzum, BMS, Camhane, Camper, CEBİ, Dhoku, Dilek Hanif, Ersa, Koleksiyon, Meric Akay, Milli Reasürans Art Gallery, Mozaik, NORDist, Tayfun Mumcu, Turkish Patent Institute and Zebra Design Factory are among the companies that are participating in the programme so far.

+D GROUP Art of Living

AGA – Red Party
10:00 – 18:30


Imagine a town at the heart of the Industrial Revolution of 18th century. Think of a physician, awarded a Nobel prize, creating an icon with his blind eyes. Gustav Dalén’s AGA cooking units, which he designed at the end of 1920s and has been shaped in the town of Coalbrookdale in England for about a century, are writing their own new story. The story of a domesticated industrial product is being presented at a Red Party, accompanied with a red-themed installation.

AGA Concept Shop / Kanyon Shopping Mall
Büyükdere Cad. No.185 K: B2 34394 Levent İstanbul

LA CORNUE – White Party
10:00 – 18:30


Can the main theme of a production line be culinary art? The best cuisine in the world has been defined by moving beyond making the best oven of the world. And the products are now being individualized in the kitchens’ of the most well-known people of the world. It is an insight into the cooking process, accompanied with the White Party and the experience, which has been maintained for three generations since 1908.

La Cornue Concept Shop / Kanyon Shopping Mall
Büyükdere Cad. No.185 K: B2 34394 Levent İstanbul

AGA Experience: Conversation with Chef Didem ŞENOL
I. Session 11.00 – 12:00
II. Session 14:00 – 15:00
III. Session 16:00 – 17:00


Cooking and imperfection at the center of art of living… An interactive conversation with Chef Didem ŞENOL and her staff about the AGA cooking unit at Gram Restaurant.

Gram Restaurant
Asmalı Mescit Mahallesi
Meşrutiyet Caddesi No.107D
Beyoğlu İstanbul


If I were to Design…
13.00 – 17.00
Number of participants is limited to 20. For registration: +90 (212) 467 80 80

Workshop /Interview

Small household appliances are indispensable to our houses in today’s world. Would there be any difference if these small, convenient assistants, which especially let women’s inner creativity come out, were designed by the very people who use them? We are going to discuss this pleasant topic with women, who spend time with those products every day, in a cozy environment and delve into the depths of the concept of design. It is a bit of a conversation and a brain storming… What would be different if “design” were left only to the users? Or would it be different at all?

USLA –International Hospitality & Culinary Academy
Gülbahar Mah.
Avni Dilligil Sok. No:12
34394 Şişli İstanbul


Herman Miller
Seating for an Imperfect World

13/10/2012 – 12/12/2012 (closed on Sundays and holidays)
Reception: 07/11/2012, 19.00 (by invitation only)


Sitting is an imperfect act for human beings. It creates defects in the vertebra and muscular structure. Everybody is unique in the world, however, Herman Miller armchairs are suitable for %99 of the world population. They aim for the elimination of the imperfection, a simulation for sitting hanging in the air.
On the other hand, the imperfect seats produced from re-cycled or used materials are respectful to the environment.
The seatings that transform imperfection to function will be presented during the biennial under 5 headings:
Revolutionary: Aeron, changed the perception of people radically from foam and fabric to seatings with net backrests.
Healthy: Embody; with its technology, it offered a solution to sitting, which is an unhealthy act for the human body.
Environment friendly: Mirra; as a result of high percentage of re-cycled material used in production, it drifted away from materialism with minimum environmental impact.
Accessible: Everybody deserves a better seating, this has been made possible by the strategy of using recyclable and minimum material in Sayl.
Simple: Setu has managed to combine multi-functionality with simplicity.

Bilsar Building
Mesrutiyet Cad. 90 Beyoglu Istanbul

Poltrona Frau
Very True: Wrinkles are the Sign of Beauty

13/10/2012 – 12/12/2012 (closed on Sundays and holidays)
Reception: 06/11/2012, 19.00 (by invitation only)


Could imperfection be an expression of beauty and uniqueness? The soft and natural small folds –wrinkles- on the leather skin of Vanity Fair armchairs presented by Poltrona Frau, are a sign of beauty and uniqueness. Each small and invisible difference in Poltrona Frau products display the extraordinary craftsmanship transmitted from generation to generation. They allow us to discover and reveal fundamental values such as heritage and mastery that makes Poltrona Frau the best of the Italian quality. Celebrating its 100th year in 2012, Poltrona Frau will contribute to the biennial with an installation on the mastery of folds and imperfections and a one-day long demonstration of “handcraftsmanship.”

BMS Showroom
Ayazma Yolu Sokak No:5
Etiler İstanbul

CAMHANE Glass Art& Design Studio

The Guardian Angel
Artist: Yasemin Aslan Bakiri
Curator: Ayşe Utku
13/10/2012 – 12/12/2012 (closed on Sundays and holidays)
Reception: 01/11/2012 (Camhane), 17.00
02/11/2012 (Maçka Modern), 17.00

Installations and sculptures

Installations and sculptures, on the subject of “Guardian Angel”, in a contemporary interpretation are reminiscent of Istanbul’s past civilizations. The volatility of time, the magic of past lives are reflected through natural materials such as glass and metal that integrates with the ‘SABI’ philosophy. The monumental works of Yasemin Aslan Bakiri in international collections are going to be exhibited synchronously in the Historical Haliç Building and Maçka Modern Gallery.

Balat Mahallesi
Mürsel Paşa Caddesi
Fener Balat 34087 İstanbul

Maçka Modern
Maçka Caddesi No:24
34365 Teşvikiye İstanbul

Imperfection Perfected
13/10/2012 – 12/12/2012 (closed on Sundays and holidays)
Opening Party: 01/11/2012, 17.00

Experimental design area and exhibition

“Imperfection Perfected”, the joint work of Architect and Industrial Designer Ismail Oklugil and Glass Designer Yasemin Aslan Bakiri asks the following question by bringing a new ecological interpretation and consideration on the deformity of our current ecological imperfections through perfect object (newly transformed plants, design) narratives: “Can’t the doctrine, new admiration, my broken glass I cannot accept to be broken, my papers I cannot accept to crumple up, my new ecology which I fractured by banging on it, be my new object?”

Balat Mahallesi
Mürsel Paşa Caddesi
Fener Balat 34087 İstanbul


A Little Better, Never Perfect
08/11/2012, 10:00-19:00 (Workshop 1st day)
09/11/2012, 08:30-12:00 (Workshop 2nd day)
12/11/2012 – 12/12/2012, 10.00 – 21.00 (Exhibition)

Workshop/ Exhibition

Founded in 1975 by the family Fluxa, who has been producing shoes since 1877, Camper continues its innovations by combining its own values with its unique perspective on design. Collaborating with the world famous names in both its products and designs of its stores, Camper’s Design Director Anuska Menendez Prieto and Director of Product Knowledge Eef Vicca, organize a workshop, titled “A little better, never perfect”, the main motto of the brand. Participation to the workshop is limited to 20 participants, for registration please send an e-mail to The workshop outcomes will be displayed at the Camper Beyoğlu store until the end of the biennial.

İstiklal Cad. Tomtom Mahallesi No: 203
Beyoğlu İstanbul


05/11/2012 – 18/11/2012
10.00 – 18.00
On Sundays: 13.00 – 16.00


In a process, in which the production of flawless, perfect copies through mass production is the target, the concept of imperfection acquires new meanings. The designer, who experiences a creative process, by securing himself in some sense too, with rules and criterias that are almost definite and with the encoded data in his mind, needs to get rid of all these and take risk in order to reach to the imperfect. Çebi brand, in its exhibition, attempts to consider the irony in the way the theme of the biennial encounters with industrial production from its own perspective. The results of this experience, in which the brand, with the aim to approach perfection through mass production, has gone through by reevaluating its decisions at every step of the process and searching the positive aspects of variability and uncertainty, can be observed in the exhibition.

Barbo Design Showroom
Dikilitaş Mah. Cedidiye Sok.
Gözde Apt. No:6
Yıldız Beşiktaş


Notations: A Exhibition of Kilim Recordings
13/10/2012 – 12/12/2012
09.00 – 19.00 (closed on Sundays and holidays)
Reception with the designers’ participation: 16/10/2012, 10.00 – 15.00


Within it’s traditional context, the ideogrammatic motifs that a kilim embodies signify archetypal cultural codings. The resulting visual narratives ‘recorded’ by weaving into the kilim may also feature notational qualities. The morphology of a motif, on the other hand, is dictated by the -imperfect to some degree- qualities that the material and the weaving processes inherit. Within this equation, structure and morphology shape each other interdependently. Notations features the interpretations of this conceptual framework by the participating designers Ayşe Birsel, Bibi Seck, Ela Cindoruk, Filip Pagowski Koray Özgen, and Superpool, exhibiting the subjective codings of the designers as they are recorded on kilims.

The concept and organization of the “Notations” exhibition: aksoycindoruk

Kilim Alterations:Weaving an Exception
13/10/2012 – 12/12/2012
09.00 – 19.00 (closed on Sundays and holidays)
Reception with the designers’ participation: 16/10/2012, 10.00 – 15.00


The warp is the set of lengthwise yarn held in tension on a loom. The weft is the yarn inserted over-and-under the warp threads. Kilims have been woven with this simple yet proven method since their inception.
Within a series of systematic re-encounters with the kilim as a ‘thing’, this time we attempt to make modest yet fundamental alterations in the structural (warp) and the material (weft) dimensions of weaving. What if we introduce a second layer to the warp, even for a single yarn in tension? And what if we start weaving this area horizontally and vertically? Additionally, what if we vary the thickness of the yarns of the warp and the weft?
The re-encounter of weaving an altered kilim contemplates the possibility of minimally altering a part of the whole and hence the possibility of altering the whole ‘thing’.

* Ali Cindoruk, Aslıhan Demirtaş, Mine Özkar, Seçkin Maden

Takkeciler Sokak 58-60
34126 İstanbul


Imperfection by Dilek Hanif
14/10/2012 – 30/11/2012
10.00 – 19.00 (closed on Sundays and holidays)
Reception: 14/10/2012, 10.00 – 19.00 (Dilek Hanif Premier Couture Workshop)

Exhibition / Conversation / Daylong opening of the Couture Workshop

While drawing attention to the overlap between Couture works with the theme of “Imperfection”, Dilek Hanif explains to the visitors with her collection that the cloths made by hand in eye-straining work can never be the same with each other and will bear an impressive mark of imperfection. Hanif, who specifies that the reason for couture’s value and specialty lies in the fact that, contrary to mass production, it is produced and embroidered one by one, thus becomes unique, expresses that the imperfections arising from this reason actually symbolize the originality and dissimilarity. Hanif, for the first time, will open her private creative workshop to visitors on October 14, 2012 all day long in the Biennial where she will demonstrate a piece of work within this theme. In addition, Hanif will also hold an interview on what the concept of ‘Imperfection’ means to her.

Dilek Hanif Ready to Wear Boutique
Maçka Caddesi Ralli Apt. 37/1 Teşvikiye


Box in a Box Idea
13/10/2012 – 12/12/2012
10.00 – 18.00 (closed on Sundays and holidays)

Exhibition / Drawing and Sharing Design on the Digital Platform

The concept of Box in Box Idea project by the team, Yalın Tan & Jeyan Ülkü targets to make the customer enjoy his stay while providing a creative, remarkable and dynamic space. The team, while creating the concept, starts with the materials used in the factory and retail details, and the retail design concept is naturally and deliberately composed of unfinished elements of the factory appearance. These elements refer to both plainness and elegance; imperfections and perfections. The idea of moving the “box in a box” idea concept from the real world to the cyber world has laid the groundwork for the establishment of, which, with the vision of becoming the biggest social platform for gathering local and foreign designers, is a first in Turkey.

Ersa Fulya Showroom
Terrace Fulya
Hakkı Yeten Cad. No:13 C:2 M:2
Fulya, Şişli 34349 İstanbul


Prof. Dr. Ilhan Tekeli, “Thoughts on Urban Transformation in Istanbul”


In the conference, the concept of “spatial frame”, which remained relatively consistent in the last century, will be described in reference to Istanbul’s history of planning, the planning process of the period, practices and processes of regional urban formations.

“A Century of Istanbul”
16/10/2012 – 12/12/2012
Weekdays 08:00 – 18:00, Saturdays 10:00-19:00 (closed on Sundays and during the religious festival)
Opening Reception: 16/10/2012, 15.00

Exhibition, video and multi-vision demonstration

It has been built with reference to Prof. Dr. Ilhan Tekeli’s historiographical frame related to the Anatolian urban historiography and his intellectual background. The exhibition that conveys themes on ‘Housing / residence (building)’, ‘Transportation / infrastructure’, ‘entertainment / recreation / everyday life’, ‘business’ and ‘population’ will provide the visitors, a rich content and intellectual space through a 52 m2 Istanbul model, oral history narratives and interactive exhibition areas. The exhibition is prepared by Prof. Dr. Murat Guvenc, Director of Urban Studies Research Centre at Istanbul Sehir University and his research team.

Koleksiyon Tarabya Campus
Cumhuriyet Mah. Kefeliköy
Bağlar Cad. No:35
34457 Tarabya-Sarıyer / İstanbul

Pop Up! Park
13/10/2012 – 19/10/2012

Experimental Architecture

It is 8 p.m.; Ahmet leaves his residence, gets his latest model car from the car park , goes to the latest “hip” restaurant, leaves his car to the vale at the entrance, ends the night in the same spirits… It is 8 p.m.; Mehmet also lives in Istanbul and goes out to have something to eat… He goes out, a paving stone is loose and his trousers get dirty, the dolmuş is very crowded, too, and he is almost at the square, so he gets off the dolmuş and walks, he buys chickpea-rice from the street peddler, the peddler hands him an easily crooked plastic plate and an ayran, but where is Mehmet going to eat his chickpea-rice?!
We are faced with two different Istanbul in the year 2012: One is almost perfect, globally competitive in terms of design. The designers, who got hold of today’s Zeitgeist in terms of functionality and aesthetics, sometimes do not see “the other Istanbullite” as if s/he is living in a parallel cosmos.
The other Istanbullite, struggling with the urban problems, expects solutions for the basic design problems rather than the latest trends in the design world. One of the most important problems in the scales of the city is the lack of green areas and the loss of public square culture. Against these problems, POP UP PARK!, will provide service as a “design support unit” to the street peddler as a solution to this shortage, selling chickpea-rice or corn. Capsular and mobile design ironically underlines the importance of the needs. With an effective park simulation during the biennial, the target of the design is not only to attract attention to the shortages and possible solutions but also to encourage the participation of the masses unfamiliar with the Design Biennial by solving one of their problems…

With the contribution of Sancaktepe Municipality

Osmangazi Caddesi- Abdurrahmangazi Caddesi Kavşağı
Samandıra Meydanı
Sancaktepe Belediyesi


Finnish Design Unwrapped
14/11/2012 – 12/12/2012
11.00-18.30 (closed on Sundays, Mondays and on holidays)
Opening Party: 14.11.2012, 18.00


Finnish Design Unwrapped presents cutting edge Finnish contemporary design objects as well as photographs of the Finnish design language and portraits of 19 Finnish designers from the fields of industrial design, furniture, lighting solutions, glassware, contemporary ceramics, distinctive jewellery and shoes. By exhibiting the design objects together with the photographs, the exhibition offers a unique insight into the current Finnish design.

The exhibition is curated by Jani Kaila and the participating designers are Tapio Anttila, Aki Choklat, Tuomas Ervamaa, Jonas Hakaniemi, Maria Jauhiainen, Harri Koskinen, Veera Kulju, Nathalie Lahdenmäki, Jatta Lavi, Stefan Lindfors, Julia Lundsten, Mikko Paakkanen, Anu Penttinen, Päivi Raivio, Markku Salo, Ilkka Suppanen, Mika Tolvanen, Rane Vaskivuori and Lotta Veromaa.

Maçka Cd. 35 Şişli-İstanbul

13/10/2012 – 03/11/2012
11.00-18.30 (closed on Sundays, Mondays and on holidays)


The exhibition, prepared by the curator Bülent Erkmen, focuses on a ‘printing house’ which by itself is a multi-layered world and this very same world is recreated in the gallery with the authentic materials of this multi-layered ‘world’. The subject of the exhibition is the person who created this world when he founded his own printing house. This is very he world he created while establishing it. What this person thinks, reads, looks at, who he talks with, what he tells, what he does, what he tries to do, what he designs, what he produces, his flowers, his fish, and his pumpkins…
The materials emerge from the space within this world, and they join in the gallery in such a way that they won’t feel astranged.


The Milestones of the Century in the 20th Year of Mozaik:
From Charles Eames to Marcel Wanders; from Florence Knoll to Giulio Cappellini

Dimensions of Design-Vitra Design Museum / 13/10/2012 – 12/11/2012 (Mozaik Ortaköy Showroom, closed on Sundays and on holidays)

Giulio Cappellini
08/11/2012, 19.00 (Mozaik Ortaköy Showroom, by invitation only)

08/11/2012 – 12/11/2012 (Mozaik Ortaköy Showroom, closed on Sundays)

Marcel Wanders
4/12/2012, 19.00 (Mozaik Apa Giz Showroom, by invitation only)

4/12/2012 – 7/12/2012 (Mozaik Apagiz Showroom)

Mozaik, representing the worldwide leaders of design in Turkey, takes part in the Biennial within its 20th anniversary with 3 design exhibitions and 2 important cenferences. Giulio Cappellini and Marcel Wanders, the internationally leading designers of today’s modern designs, will give conferences in the showrooms of Mozaik. While opening the Cappellini and Moooi exhibitions along with these conferences, Mozaik will also host the exhibition on imperfection of Vitra Design Museum, also famous for its iconic designs. Mozaik, which hosted world-famous designers, such as Antonio Citterio, Piero Lissoni ve Erwan Broullec as speakers, and also brought the exhibitions of Charles&Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen and Le Corbusier in the last 20 years, always leads the design perception one step ahead.

Mozaik Ortaköy Showroom
Dereboyu Cad No:78
Ortaköy İstanbul

Mozaik Apagiz Showroom
ApaGiz Plaza 1. Kat
Büyükdere Cad.
34330 Levent İstanbul

NORDist Furniture

Perfection: Hans Wegner
13/10/2012 – 12/12/2012
Wednesdays- 16.00-17.00
Saturdays- 14.00-15.00
(closed on holidays)

Video screening

In NORDist Furniture collections, in addition to the works of Finn Juhl, Hans Wegner, Yngve Ekström, Jorn Utzon, Peter Opsvik and Eric Buch, who are the most important designers of the Scandinavian school, the products of young designers, such as Cecilie Manz, Gam Frantesi, Matti Klenell, From Us with Love are also displayed. The two concepts, “Imperfection” and “Adhocracy”, which define the theme of the Biennial, have attracted the attention of artists, architects and design oriented manufacturers who produce in various creative areas throughout the modern design history and designs were created in accordance with these themes. Although these products do not meet the demands of the modern consumption society, or more importantly, could not spread to the base since they are not appropriate for production lines, such products continue to enrich our imagination. The products referring to this approach of Kallemö and Muuto companies take place in the NORDist collection. The showroom is open to all fans who are willing to get more detailed information and watch the manufacturing process of the seating unit “THE Chair”, designed by Hans Wagner, dedicated to perfection.

Fenerli Reis Sokak No: 3
Selamiçeşme Kadıköy İstanbul


13/10/2012 – 12/12/2012
10.00 – 19.00 (closed on Sundays and on holidays)

Exhibition and Video Screening

Experiments aiming to look at the defect/product relationship viewed over the imperfection pattern and the transform from imperfection to the product are presented in video, product and modeling. The form/product of Thorn takes place as one of the iconic home accessories within Tayfun Mumcu’s collection. This work, entitled “Thorn” is presented under the main heading of “Imperfection” in the Biennial as the leading product of the collection of Tayfun Mumcu, in which there are home accessories, household items, furniture and jewellery, all reflecting the design perception of the designer.

Harbiye Mah. Maçka Cad.
Ralli Apt. No:37/2
Şişli İstanbul


TPI Information Point
13/10/2012 – 12/12/2012 (Closed on Sundays and during public holidays)

Information Point

Globalisation and technological advances have led to fundamental changes in the economic and political relations between the countries. In an industrial society, wealth of nations used to be measured by labour, raw materials and natural resources while today it is measured by brain power, the production of creative thinking and technology. At this point, industrial property rights and the preservation of the values we produce gain importance.
The Turkish Patent Institute, which is the only institution authorised to issue registration certificates on industrial property rights in our country, has been successfully representing Turkey at the national and international level thanks to 141 years of experience in the field of industrial property since 1994 and creating its own vision in the national and international arena by following innovations .
By virtue of the public responsibility, the Turkish Patent Institute conducts services for industrial property rights as stated in the Law on Establishment, “with the purpose of contributing to the country’s technological and industrial development,” therefore, it is of great importance that these rights are correctly understood and effectively used by a wide audience including the industrialists, designers and merchants of this country.
Aiming to make sure that Turkish designers and designs reach a position in which they are preferred in the world market, increasing the co-operation between designers and industrialists and establishing the “Turkish Design” image all over the world, the Turkish Patent Institute will inform the visitors about industrial property rights and the activities of the institution at the information point which will be set up in the Chamber of Architects during the Istanbul Design Biennial in order that the potential of Turkey in the industrial design field can be used more effectively and produce and sustain an added-value in the economic and social fields by achieving a formal structure.
The Chamber of Architects
İstanbul Büyükkent Branch
Kemankeş St. No:31
Karaköy İstanbul


paper t.AG magazine
13/10/2012 – 12/12/2012
10.00 – 18.00 (closed on Saturdays/Sundays and on holidays)
Reception: by invitation only

Product exhibition, workshops, interviews

The first paper t.AG magazine designs are displayed in the offices of ZEBRA and tAG throughout the biennial. The visitors will have an opportunity to meet and talk with designers and writers, on different days. More information related to the events can be followed on

Teşvikiye cad.
Dilek Apt. No.9 D.5 ve 9
Nişantaşı İstanbul

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