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From multi sensory lighting to 3D printed clothing, tech inspired designs are the focus of Design Week Turkey.
The four day event is a first for Istanbul and is already attracting international designers.
Design Week Turkey opened its doors on Wednesday (19th October 2016) kicking off with the world renown Italian lamp designer, Patrick Rampelotto famed for his trophy lamps.
Other international names as Finnish designer Minna Parikka and London-based designer and architect Daniel Widrig, who worked with the late Zaha Hadid, are also exhibited.
Widrig is bringing its 3D printed space inspired steel chairs to the exhibition. Parikka is participating in conferences.
But an influx of new designers are bringing the novelties to Istanbul's very first design week.
Marco Stefanelli, from The Boxer Design in Turin, is the designer of "Multisensory Design Lamp."
"This lamp is made of cedar wood and resin. Multi-sensory design because we watch it, of course it is a lamp, we touch it, we sit on it also. But to manage, to turn on and turn off this lamp we have to touch it. Like this."
The lamp is valued 165,000 US dollars.
Amr Ezzeldinn, is the Egyptian co-founder architect of Ezgat, Milano, and designer of 3D print fashion clothes. He believes visiting traditional shops will soon be a thing of the past.
"This is a 3D printed dress, ok? Which we are pushing the boundaries to discover how the clothing of the future will be. So basically there will be a scanner, you can scan your body, to understand the measures, send the measures, and the scan after that will send you a model in which fits exactly your body, and you can buy it from your home, print it and wear it," he says.
But costs would need to be a little less exclusive if he wanted to break into the mass market. Right now each item of clothing is unique and costs on average 3,300 US dollars
Ezzeldinn hopes that the more popular 3D printed clothing gets, the cheaper it will become.
German designer Lilien Stenglein has brought her smart yoga suit to Istanbul. Stenglein is the designer and founder of Lilien Finess Design, Germany, producing yoga Electrocouture designs.
"The yoga suit for the Digital Yogi, the specialty for this yoga suit is that it actively helps to open up the chakra points and it has special smart textiles incorporated which are highlighted with the only created laser cutting mesh so we are using a lot of technology," she says.
The suits are tailored and made using silver - prices are anything up to 2,700 US dollars.
According to the organisers, a total of 40 international designers are participating in the exhibition with their products or through conferences, together with more than 50 Turkish designers.
"Istanbul is a unique platform. Istanbul is bringing the ideas from Eastern culture and Western culture. It really really connects every part, I mean, from North to South from East to West. So in design perspective you can see a lot of different and unusual consumer attitudes," says Sertaç Ersayin, President, Industrial Designers Association of Turkey
The most popular Turkish designers are working on furniture and coffee machines, according to the Industrial Designer Association of Turkey.
Design Week Turkey is being held at the Lutfi Kirdar Exhibition Centre in Istanbul from October 19 to 23 2016.
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