Born in Ankara in 1964, Defne Koz continued her study in the Department of English Literature and Language in the Faculty of Languages, History and Geography of Ankara University after she was graduated from TED College in 1981. Between 1987 and 1988, she participated in the workshop studies in the Department of Industrial Design of the Middle East Technical University. Afterwards, in 1989, she entered the Department of Industrial Design of Domus Academy in Milano. Defne Koz designed coffee machine for open offices with Prof. Alberto Meda in her Master project. Being one of the globally known Turkish designers today, Defne Koz carries out various works for the internationally famous design companies with the company that she founded in Italy. Defne Koz, still freely working in Milano as the Industrial designer, prepares interior designs for houses and offices with her electronic, furniture, urban furniture, house accessories, lighting systems and desktop products.
ISTANBUL’74 presents DEFNE KOZ “SOLID AIR”
The first collection of the brand oneoffinfinity∞ created by Defne Koz with ISTANBUL’74
The collection, created by world-renowned, award-winning designer Defne Koz, is composed by sculptural objects with deep sense of pattern, form and light effects. The 12 objects explore the potential of innovative 3D manufacturing technologies, parametric geometry, and LED light sources.
NOVEMBER 6 – DECEMBER 27 ISTANBUL’74 GALATASARAY
Solid Air is an exploration of: 1. The aesthetic possibilities offered by additive manufacturing techniques, combined with LED light sources 2. The relationship between a work of art, typically a one-off, and the industrial re-production, the evolution of series manufacturing.
Solid Air is a collection of 12 light sculptures
Solid Air will be the first collection of a new brand, oneoffinfinity∞, that will be distributed in the hybrid space between one-off art pieces and industrial products manufactured in series.
Solid Air anticipates the bright future (pun intended) where innovation in light technology and manufacturing technology will open new poetic spaces, disclose new aesthetic languages.
THE SHAPE OF LIGHTS TO COME
Solid Air is an exercise to free the mind, to explore shapes, textures and light effects made possible only by new light sources and new manufacturing techniques: LED, parametric geometries and 3D printing.
We created light-clouds, immaterial but palpable volumes of light floating in the darkness, suspended in an environment populated by large textures.
These are not ‘lamps’ in the conventional sense, they are instead shapes of materialized light, light volumes, defined by reflections, reflection, and ‘wrapped’ in delicate meshes.
Some of these ‘clouds’ have the shape of a nest in perforated filigree, others are ‘towers’, sculptures generated by many very thin ‘straws’ that form a lattice structure, lit from the inside.
THE WORK OF ART IN THE AGE OF ONE-OFF, INFINITE MANUFACTURING
The exhibition will happen in an art gallery, ISTANBUL’74 Galatasaray, but will show pieces that come from the culture of industrial design, a series of lamps may become ‘real’ products distributed in the mass market.
oneoff∞ is a new brand: one-off is for Art ∞ is for Industry.
oneoff∞ represents a ‘possible oxymoron’, a paradox that could be made real combining the way of thinking of art (one-off pieces) with neo-industrial manufacturing (3D printing on- demand). oneoff∞ objects will be distributed at the gallery or via the web.
Following the first collection, Solid Air, the brand will add a new collection every year.
Future collections might be about wearable objects for the body, objects for home, 3D textiles, etc.
Each collection is manufactured with rapid prototyping technology.
The process innovation in oneoff∞ is that each piece is different from the next; we will ‘plant’ an imperfection, and we will permutate them according to data that we will derive from getting in contact – via internet/digitally – with the end consumer. The flexibility and variants we imagine will not come from a catalogue of choices given to the consumer – an old idea that still represent the rigidity of old mass manufacturing – but we’ll manage variations using mysterious, unpredictable data (i.e. the weather in a certain city at the very moment the order is placed, or a mathematical algorithm based on…the date of birth of the consumer, etc). Each piece will be aesthetically perfect, but will include a ‘Wabi-Sabi” imperfection.
Wabi-Sabi: a Japanese aesthetic that is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. It is a concept derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence specifically impermanence, the other two being suffering and emptiness or absence of self-nature.”
11 September 2020