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Iceberg Lighting by SEBNEM BUHARA

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Editor Frank Scott (FS) from DesignPRWire has interviewed designer SEBNEM BUHARA (SB) for A' Design Awards and Competition. You can access the full profile of SEBNEM BUHARA by clicking here. Access more information about the award winning design ICEBERG here.



Interview with SEBNEM BUHARA at Tuesday 25th of April 2017

FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
SB: Iceberg expresses the flexibility, fluid, moldable and reincarnated structure of glass. Light always warms up the places. By using glass and named it iceberg ,this is a protest of traditional opinions. Also our motive was support and help hand workmanship while we created this project. Design also represent day light and nature.

FS: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
SB: As an architect I always find a gap in lightning designs in all kinds of categories like modern or classic styles. In my professional designer life my priority is always working on and create timeless designs like not fitting only, unperminant fashion periods or specific time periods. Our designs should have, small details that a qualified eye can see, masive stance that shows itself and traditional technique which cannot be copied. Iceberg is one of the most valuable pieces among the artisanal pieces of the Bou Art & Design collection which is fits my personal principles in creating. Iceberg design explains, the structure of the glass as flexible, fluid, transforming into different shapes and reaping life again and again.

FS: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
SB: The project started in January 2015 and finished February 2015 in Istanbul.

FS: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?
SB: The design was produced and still on sale in my own design shop named Bou Art&Design in Karaköy-İstanbul/Turkey.

FS: What made you design this particular type of work?
SB: Glass is the best material used in the lighting designs frequently for years because of the transmission, reflection and refraction of lights. In our design production, we mentioned another technique which is very unique, difficult to copy or produce identical one. In our design the melted glass with a mat finishing is combined to become whole with the help of bronze holdings.

FS: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
SB: Handmade glass parts are unique and different so when we fabricated it every new design also become unique. In nature every iceberg has own size and looks, like our designs.

FS: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
SB: Iceberg is named after its form and its a design manifest based on the combination of lighting and artistic point of view.

FS: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
SB: The height, length and weight of design is acceptable for transport easily. Handmade glass parts are unique and different so when we fabricated it every new design also become unique. In nature every iceberg has own size and looks, like our designs.

FS: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
SB: By the help of technology we created our own special molds. The production adventure started with melting crystal glass fragments in specially prepared molds. And it continues with a stratification of the glass in the molds after a waiting period of 27 days. Afterwards glass is removed from the molds and steamed by a special process. Then, the steamed glass is agglutinated with the bronze body. The whole application is made by hand.

FS: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
SB: All the story based on a trial idea, which seemed to be very fragile at first. In the beginning, while trying create glass sticks it were shattered and broke. Trying to take out glass in molds was unsuccessful. Later on to make them strong for accomplishment, we used high qualified glass for design and made them refrigerated very slowly than before. In the end our glass iceberg scones trials become success.

FS: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
SB: We learned how to create hand made glass parts by using different tecniques and how it can be transformed into a succesful design.


FS: Thank you for providing us with this opportunity to interview you.

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