Interview with designer KENAN OZCAN (KO), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design Figur Tourism and Congress Office.

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Interview with KENAN OZCAN at Thursday 21st of April 2016: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
KO : The main idea here to reorganize an old building from a shopping center to an office. so, the inspiration comes from historical and traditional aesthetic memories without imitation but adaptation with technology.

DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
KO : Mixing innovative materials and techniques with references to well known historical styles and archetypes in order to create a harmony and make a balance between the traditional aesthetics and the modern technology has been my main focus in designing this work, like most of others.

DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
KO : Now, it is used by an organisation office without any changing in design and it makes me happy.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
KO : It took about three months.

DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
KO : I always believe that a design should refer to the past or local features without imitation but adaptation to present or even future. This is where the inspiration comes from.

DI: 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?
KO : It is used by another company as a head office.

DI: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
KO : Improving the previous designs of mine influenced this design too, for sure.

DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
KO : The variety of materials from Ottoman brick to floral wallpapers, metal laser cut panels, using so many colours, etc. is the unique aspect of my design.