BERK İLHAN

BERK ILHAN IS A NEW YORK-BASED PRODUCT AND EXPERIENCE DESIGNER, FOCUSED ON CULTIVATING JOY, HAPPINESS AND MEANING THROUGH DESIGN. BERK IS AN ALUMNUS OF SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS, MFA PRODUCTS OF DESIGN PROGRAM IN NEW YORK, AND HE HOLDS AN UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE IN INDUSTRIAL DESIGN FROM MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY, ANKARA.

HIS WIDE RANGE OF DESIGN WORKS RANGING FROM HEALTH TECHNOLOGY, INTERNET OF OBJECTS, CERAMIC BATHROOM PRODUCTS, FURNITURE SYSTEMS TO FUTURISTIC SMART HOME PRODUCTS HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED BY 15 INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARDS INCLUDING RED DOT BEST OF THE BEST, IF SPECIAL HANSGROHE AWARD, IDEA, AND INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARD (IDA).

BROOKLYN

WHILE INVESTIGATING “WATER” IN A CONCEPTUAL LEVEL, IT WOULDN’T BE ACCEPTABLE TO OVERLOOK THE “BRIDGES” THAT CONNECT THE TWO SIDES OF THE WATER. THE POETIC BEAUTY OF TRAVELING FROM ONE CONTINENT TO ANOTHER THROUGH A BRIDGE, CO-EXISTS WITH THE IRONY OF WHINING ABOUT THE TRAFFIC… BRIDGES CONNECT US WITH THE CITIES THAT WE LIVE IN. INSPIRED BY THE CROSS STEEL CABLE PATTERN OF THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE, A HISTORICAL LANDMARK OF NEW YORK CITY, DESIGNER BERK ILHAN CREATED THE BROOKLYN GLASS VASE SERIES.

SEA

WHAT WOULD THE FOUR SEAS OF TURKEY LOOK LIKE IF THEY WERE WATER GLASSES? EXPLORING THIS QUESTION, DENIZ GLASS SERIES BRINGS THE BEAUTIFUL SEAS OF TURKEY (BLACK SEA, MARMARA SEA, AEGEAN SEA, MEDITERRANEAN SEA) TO THE TABLES IN THE FORM OF WATER GLASSES.

CONTRAST

PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES ARE NOT ONLY PHYSICALLY TRANSPARENT BUT ALSO CONCEPTUALLY INVISIBLE, WITH THE FACT THAT ONE MILLION OF THEM ARE BEING SOLD EACH MINUTE DESPITE THE INADEQUATE AND FAILING RECYCLING PRACTICES. CONTRAST SERIES BRINGS TOGETHER THE TWO VERY OPPOSITE CONCEPTS: THE ICONIC PET BOTTLE AND THE PHENOMENAL GLASS CRAFTSMANSHIP OF PASABAHCE, BY CREATING A WATER BOTTLE MADE OUT OF AN ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY MATERIAL, GLASS.

NARCISSUS

IN MYTHOLOGY, NARCISSUS FALLS IN LOVE WITH HIS OWN REFLECTION ON WATER AND KEEPS GOING TO THE RIVER TO SEE HIMSELF EVERY DAY, UNTIL HE FALLS OVER INSIDE THE WATER AND DROWNS AS A CONSEQUENCE. LOOKING AT THE EGO JOURNEY OF THE HUMANKIND FROM NARCISSUS TO TODAY’S SELFIE CULTURE, NARSIST IS A BOWL WITH A REFLECTIVE BOTTOM SURFACE. WHO KNOWS, MAYBE ONE DAY NARCISSUS APPEARS ON THE SURFACE, AND WE CAN TAKE A SELFIE TOGETHER.

TREE

INSPIRED BY TREES, WHOSE BRANCHES REACH OVER THE SKIES AND ROOTS TO THE EARTH JUST LIKE WATER LEAKING INTO A SUBSTANCE, AGAC (TREE) BRINGS TOGETHER THE POETIC CRAFTSMANSHIP OF THE NATURE AND THE LEGENDARY ART OF THE GLASS MASTERS OF PASABAHCE.

EYE

DESIGNED FOR THOSE WHO GET THIRSTY DURING THEIR SLEEP, GOZ (EYE) IS A BEDSIDE WATER CARAFE AND A GLASS THAT COMPLETE EACH OTHERS’ PATTERNS WHEN THE GLASS IS PLACED ON TOP OF THE BOTTLE.