Having made a North American debut at NeoCon 2015 and recently relocated its headquarters from Turkey to Texas, Koleksiyon has already unveiled a unique collection of offerings, and the company’s lead designer has infused the lines with an artistic approach.
“My method is about the relationship of society with the instruments we create,
and how they shape our culture and era. In this context, everything becomes
connected with art, architecture, literature, music, and design,” explained Koray
Malhan, brand director for Koleksiyon. “It’s all about human curiosity in understanding
the laws of the universe, and in the connections with all these different muses.
The design is not just an aesthetic—it is informed by meaning.”
His design process is also informed by music. In response to the shift toward
open offices, Malhan considered composition and how collaborative work environ-
ments encourage many voices to get involved.
“Modern jazz is influenced by every player, and there are new inputs every
time. This is how I want to see design,” he explained. “Classical music is a closed
system with one composer who finishes the work and others play it. But design
can be recomposed and opened. There is a relationship.”
The Tube line aims to illuminate this relationship in the way its repeating pieces
interact with each other and the users. One acts like a cabinet at one height or a
surface at another, while creating a hollow emptiness between the stacked areas.
“They’re very free and can be composed in different ways,” said Malhan. “As well
as storage or workspace, you have negative spaces and areas for display. You
ABOVE Koray Malhan, brand
director for Koleksiyon, uses
both his social sciences and
industrial design backgrounds
to re-envision what today's
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How artwork and musical composition have informed Koleksiyon’s furniture.
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