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Gungor Guner Designs

Gungor Guner Designs

Today's featured designer is Gungor Guner. Gungor Guner is the creator of iconic designs such as Turkish Coffe Cup.

We had the rare opportunity to interview the exalted designer Gungor Guner who was recently announced as the Designer of the Day by the A' Design Award and Competition. Gungor Guner is the creator of iconic designs such as Turkish Coffe Cup. We got exclusive answers to our questions about Gungor Guner designs and design philosophy.
Gungor Guner, how did you become a designer?
Gungor Guner : During my stay in Europe 1964-72, I worked as a trainee at different workshops and factories in Germany, Holland, Denmark. As a result of written agreements, eleven vase designs of my were purchased by Hutschenreuter Firm in Germany for serial production. In addition, a complete dining set design was purchased for production by Goeble Company in series. Hutschenreuter Firm, indicating the design of Güngör Güner who worked the vases took place in some magazines for many years....
Gungor Guner, what are your priorities, technique and style when designing?
Gungor Guner : After deciding what to do, since I am a very old ceramist, I first make my designs with clay. And I am using the computer's capabilities when necessary. I see it is a chance to have knowledge about both methods....
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Gungor Guner, which emotions do you feel when designing?
Gungor Guner : Since I usually work with ceramic materials, the final result is very important. That's why the most exciting moment is when your product is out of the oven. Sometimes you may need to completely rebuild the product. The last word will be said in ceramics is always by the oven....
Gungor Guner, what particular aspects of your background shaped you as a designer?
Gungor Guner : Ceramic engagement is an application that you can go through from the beginning to the end. This is also appealing to me. Until today, in my own workshop I have produced a large number of functional and non-functional ceramic as unique objects. But now I am aiming my accumulation to reflect to the series production over....
Gungor Guner, what is your growth path? what are your future plans? what is your dream design project?
Gungor Guner : In my designs, I want to reflect both my own identity and the cultural accumulation of the geography in which I live in but a simple form! I would like to be able to make from glass, the Plexiglas vases which I participated in A Design Award competition. ...
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Gungor Guner, what are your advices to designers who are at the beginning of their career?
Gungor Guner : We are in Computer age, computer-aided design is a great possibility But I am stillthinking it would be very useful for a designer to have at least one or a more craft skills. Besides, very important for a designer candidate is as a back ground of an arts educations. Craft and Art and Design are like a three-feet. It cannot exist if someone is missing!...
Gungor Guner, you are truly successful as a designer, what do you suggest to fellow designers, artists and architects?
Gungor Guner : Yes, I am very concerned with the theme of handicrafts or arts education as back ground! But we have to learn all the opportunity that the computer can give us as gift. ...
Gungor Guner, what is your day to day look like?
Gungor Guner : I am a retired instructor. I try to adapt my elected former unique designs to serial production. These are go on a little slower because of my age (76). One day a week I go to Istanbul Technical University. I give elective ceramics lesson. I have students from many different faculties. That day is the best day of the week because they like my class very much. I love the youth !...
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Gungor Guner, how do you keep up with latest design trends? to what extent do design trends matter?
Gungor Guner : I'm not very interested in trends. I am very hard on myself that I already do. Except if there is a train I like it....

Gungor Guner, how do you know if a product or project is well designed? how do you define good design?
Gungor Guner : Personality, Aesthetic, function, quality...
Gungor Guner, how do you decide if your design is ready?
Gungor Guner : The design process needs on me a very long time. I make a design first with clay after that I fire it in a ceramic kiln. If it’s all propositions after firing are correct and if I am agree with result It will be drawn at a computer the main form and its necessary plaster molds for the series productions....
Gungor Guner, what is your biggest design work?
Gungor Guner : I have got some awards with my unique ceramics but last year I participated in the A-Design Award competition and received the Gold Award with the design of Turkish Coffee Cup. This was a design which I liked also and this was my first design award. It has been very important for me. Besides it was the first trial concerned my concept about “from potter’s wheel to the CNC tool. This concept is still going on for my other unique ceramic forms....
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Gungor Guner, who is your favourite designer?
Gungor Guner : Mr Onur Müştak Çobanlı ! First off all I highly appreciate him that he designed a huge contest like A Design Awards Competition. Designer from all over the world met each other thank to his enormous idea. I also like his product designs very much. Besides I appreciate from Finland Kay Frank and from Turkey, Mimar (Architect) Sinan....
Gungor Guner, would you tell us a bit about your lifestyle and culture?
Gungor Guner : I am living in İstanbul. İstanbul is a very unique City on the World. Because of one part of city is in Europe, one part is in Asia. Between those two parts is Marmara Sea (Bosporus) I am living in Asian part of Istanbul. So some people travel between two continents every day. İstanbul is a very crowded city but very exciting too. The Anatolian Part of Turkey is a very multi-cultural area from prehistoric until new age. You can see the traces of this all in İstanbul too...
Gungor Guner, would you tell us more about your work culture and business philosophy?
Gungor Guner : I am a person who chooses to work alone....

Gungor Guner, what are your philanthropic contributions to society as a designer, artist and architect? Gungor Guner : At the end of Ramadan every year, I donate a cordless chair to the disabled group. I also donate some of my ceramics for sales....
Gungor Guner, what positive experiences you had when you attend the a’ design award?
Gungor Guner : I have had the experience of completing your very complicated application forms. Competitions direct me to work. I find it is necessary for me and for everybody. I am appreciating by the way this event a lot. No comment about designer of the day for myself...
Gungor Guner, can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
Gungor Guner : Nowadays I am interested in the integration of computer technologies that have developed in recent years with ceramics. The Turkish Coffee Cup form I participated in this competition is the result of such a study.After designing the tile design which appeared on the attached photo, it was printed on a ceramic tile by a special digital printing machine for the ceramics color. Then it was produced with a limited number of silk screen methods and it was presented to private customers as a new Year gift of an important ceramic tile company....
Gungor Guner, what is "design" for you?
Gungor Guner : Craft+ Art+ Design and manufactural or Industrial productions...

Gungor Guner, what kinds of works do you like designing most?
Gungor Guner : I am an old ceramist. So I am designing mostly ceramics; two or three dimensional ceramic objects. These might be surface designs for on the ready-made ceramics objects too....
Gungor Guner, what was the first thing you designed for a company?
Gungor Guner : Many years ago (1970) ten vases design by Hutshenreuter; while in that time I was student in Germany....

Gungor Guner, what kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
Gungor Guner : One of the best gift for my life ...

Gungor Guner, thank you for giving us the opportunity to interview you... To learn more about Gungor Guner and check more designs by Gungor Guner as well as to see more Gungor Guner designs such as Turkish Coffe Cup visit
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We hope you enjoyed our interview of Gungor Guner. This interview was made possible by the contributions of A' Design Award and Competition - The World's largest and most influential design accolade. A' Design Award is an annual, international design award open to both concept stage and realized works by designers, artists, architects and brands worldwide. A' Design Award and Competition aims to create a public awareness and understanding of good design by promoting the best designers such as Gungor Guner and their design works worldwide. Visit to learn more.

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