“Natural Stone Design Competition Award Ceremony”, which was organized by Istanbul Mineral Exporters Association (İMİB) for the seventh time this year, within the context of “Turkey Design Week” event was held in Haliç Congress Center. Along with 341 professionals, 278 students from 10 universities and designers participated in the competition, which was held in order to encourage the use of natural stone in the daily life and contribute the production and design of unique and industrially producible products via introducing Turkish natural stones to designers and architects. Aydın Dinçer, the President of the Istanbul Mineral Exporters Association, presented the awards to the winners of the competition
”The Competition Aims is to create a Story Specific to Natural Stone Sector“
İMİB President Aydın Dinçer, stating that the design is one of the most important instruments used by companies to be superior in competitions, said: “We know very well that design is a work of accumulation. In essence, it aims to facilitate human life. While the design enables us to understand the needs of the consumer, it should benefit the consumer from another point of view. As the sectoral representatives, in the pursuit of “continuous success”, we aim to write a story, which is nourished by the deep-rooted culture of this country. Our land and climate are fertile for design. I would like to underline once again that we are moving with the intent of introducing the variety of our country’s resources and wide usage fields to the architects and promote the motto of Turkish Stones in the world in order to achieve a more sustainable economy. I wish the Natural Stone Design Competition to contribute to the design power of our country on the way of reaching 2023 targets and congratulate all our designers and precious jury members.”
In the competition, which has been held by İMİB, in order to contribute the development of the sector since 2011, the awards were presented in 2 different categories. Industry leaders, academicians and professional designers evaluated projects presented in the competition. As result of the evaluation of the jury, 12 projects out of 619 projects were deemed eligible for prize. The winning design of Professional Category was entitled to receive 15,000 TL, while the second and third designs received 10.000 TL and 7,000 TL respectively. In the Students Category, the winning design was entitled to receive 10,000 TL, while the second and third designs received 5,000 TL and 2,500 TL respectively. Honorable Mentions in the Professional Category were presented to Hande Aydoğan for her design named Layer, to Ömer Yeşildal for his design named Dostone and to Ahmet Ünveren and Ecem Dilan Köse for their designs titled Basamak.
The third prize in the Professional Category was presented to Merve Canbey and Aylin Korubaşı for their design named Turn, the second prize was given to Mustafa Yılmaz for his design named Squeeze and the first prize was presented to Mehmet Çağrı Selçuk for his design named Öğüt. Honorable Mentions in the Students Category were presented to Bünyamin Atan for his work named Living Limestone, Alihan Sağlam for his work named Döngü and to Berk Şahin for his work named Mizan. The third prize in the Student’s Category was given to Deniz Yenidoğan for her work titled Hotnuts, the second prize was given to Elif Tuncay for her work titled Circle, the first prize was given to Ahmet Ergün and Sümeyye Soyer for their works titled Cofha.