He was born in Istanbul on May 19, 1973, Tolga Berkay graduated from Marmara University Fine Arts Ceramic Department where he studied from 1992 to 1996, ranking second, and engaged in sculpture work at Prof. Dr. Tankut Öktem’s studio. In later years, he worked for twelve years at Istanbul. Eczacıbaşı Vitra Seramik Factory, Design and CAD/CAM department and for a short time, at Kohler Factories in France. He was trained on high pressure mould design and production in Italy on which he made applications in Turkey. Setting up his own studio in Şile, Istanbul in 1997, Tolga Berkay created works on Hittite civilization and wall reliefs, and showed his applications in various architectural structures, staying loyal to the originals of Hittite Reliefs in local and international museums. He has been serving as design director at Bien Seramik sanitary ware and Tiles plants in Bozüyük since 2011. The artist, who has worked with ceramics for a time period over seventeen years, who has designs in various solo exhibitions and institutional firms, has won various prizes on sculpture, ceramic and bathroom designs in Turkey and international platforms.
Bien Seramik Design Team ("BSDT") interviewed on Tuesday, 20 March.
BSDT : My industry is based on past 22 years. I started work life in Eczacibasi / Vitra. I am currently working as a Design Director at Bien Seramik. I have won 12 International Design Awards until this day.
BSDT : I've always been interested in Fine Arts since I was a kid. In high school I decided to be a designer. Later I entered and won the examination of the Faculty of Fine Arts. I am originally an industrial ceramic designer.
BSDT : When designing, I begin by sketching first. After completing my sketches, my computer designs are my models. I render my modeled finished designs ready for rendering afterwards. I get inspiration from nature in all my projects.
BSDT : First of all, I love to design. When I get inspiration for design, I feel a high energy in my hands. I like to discover something new most when designing. If you think you are the first to see him and witness the birth.
BSDT : As a designer, the first person I was impressed with was a famous sculptor. He is my teacher, Prof. Dr. Tankut Öktem.
BSDT : In my future plans, there are intelligent bathrooms that are friendly to nature.
BSDT : They need to work hard. Where possible, design competitions must be involved.
BSDT : My suggestions, architects and designers are designing everything from nature to observing and preserving natural resources in the best possible way. Besides that they have plenty of work to do.
BSDT : As a designer, I make a lot of sketches every day. Sketching makes me feel better. I do painting between my other works.
BSDT : I review the latest designs. Trend colors are always of my interest. I visit fairs and exhibitions to follow all these trends.
BSDT : First of all, look for ergonomics. A good design should be friendly to the environment and the user.
BSDT : In order for good design to be available, manufacturability must also be designed. The design which is suffering from the production is not a good design.
BSDT : My biggest design work is Lotus for bathroom design. I was inspired by the lotus flower when designing this design. All parts of the progeny were made in the same form and production was transferred.
BSDT : Karim Rashid and Philip Starck.
BSDT : I am born in Istanbul. Istanbul has always inspired me. My style has embraced western cultures. Besides that, I am fed from Anatolian culture mosaic.
BSDT : I work as a design manager at the head of Bien ceramic design team. Me and my design team are always very busy and flexible time.
BSDT : As a designer, I believe that we have preserved the natural water resources of the planet we live in as our greatest contributor. I provide water saving functions in my designs.
BSDT : I won the international designer title. This has made me known worldwide. I encourage every designer to participate in such design competitions.Bien Seramik Design Team Profile
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