Istanbul Design Biennial and Netherlands Consulate launch open call to young interior designers

Published: 15 July 2020 - 8:18 a.m.
By: Jane O'Neill

Emerging designers who live and work in the Netherlands or Turkey are welcome to answer an open call from Istanbul Design Biennial.

Along with the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the event is hosting a virtual residency programme.

Five up-and-coming designers from each country will be chosen to meet virtually in a curated chat room, exchange experiences and learn from each other.

Titled ‘Designing into the Future,' the platform will take place between August 31st and September 7th this year. Applications are open until August 14th.

Designers under 30 can apply to take part in the week-long residency and attend five lectures on Zoom, while workflow will be shared between the group through a Slack channel.

Each designer will be awarded 300 Euros and there's also the chance to present their ideas and practices on the biennial's Instagram account.

The aim is to create a virtual knowledge base to rethink design practices for the future that could transform everyday life for the better in a sustainable way.

Istanbul Design Biennial director Deniz Ova says the global lockdown has made it difficult for young designers to share their ideas and work.

"Design plays a major role in our daily life. It encourages us to question our habits and how we relate to the environment, consumption and different forms of solidarity.

"In the midst of a time that imposed physical restrictions, our daily practices feel inadequate. As a response, we urge ourselves to transform our ways of production and communication. We need to redesign our future by sharing experiences, knowledge, skills, stories, ideas and resources, but all the more important, in a sustainable, accumulative way."

The fifth edition of Istanbul Design Biennial is taking place in October. Originally earmarked for a date in September, it's now confirmed for October 15th.

To find out more about applying for the residency, go here.

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