A container contains something. If the container is not clear you can’t see what is inside from the outside. The idea was to create something obviously unnecessary with a function you will understand while using.
From the outside the appearance of SEKER is very reduced and simple. When you lift the wooden lit it feels surprisingly heavy and it seems never ending. The lit is fulfilling the complete container what seams to be almost stupid. Why would anyone need an already filled container with no room for the user itself. When someone use SUGAR regardless, the container will interact with the user, what is very important in our days. You can see from the outside how full SUGAR is.

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SEKER is a product designed during a field trip to Istanbul. Six German Designers and its partner initiatives aim at emphasizing gentrification in Şişhane and Galata to oppose the crafts workshops‘ pending extinction by offering new creative ideas and solutions. In the project ISTANBUL’DAN, the designers have come together to create products and concepts that draw inspiration from the city‘s potentials and to illustrate new methods and approaches in design. ISTANBUL’DAN is a tribute not only to Istanbul, but also its inhabitants and its local crafts.
The inspiration for SEKER is drawn by the many bowls and containers you find in Istanbul. As a designer, you feel sometimes everything has already been designed. But you will realize that look does not have to relate to function. Maybe the way how SUGAR reacts with the consumer shall also be a little warning to our affluent society. How unnecessary an object is, can only be decided by the creator and industry as the market will consume. Thus, a designer has the responsibility to create significant things.

Material: Turkish chestnut, copper

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