Traditional Turkish Handicrafts at London Design Festival


Organised under the 17thLondon Design Festival, 8 artists from Turkey participated in the ‘Adorno: Crossovers’ exhibition held at the Old Truman Brewery in London. 

Curated by Gökhan Karakuş, the Turkey Collection “The Hidden Hand: Crafted Turkish Design” featured works of Aslı Şarman, Buket Hoşcan Bazman, Dila Gökalp, Elif Gönensay, Feyza Köksal Kemahlıoğlu, Nilufer Kozıkoğlu, Seray Asker and Sema Topaloğlu.

Through the interweaving of traditional handicrafts with contemporary designs, the exhibition aimed to elevate the position of Turkish handicrafts in a cultural and economic context. The exhibition was delivered in joint sponsorship with the Embassy Republic of Turkey in London, Yunus Emre Institute in London, Turkish Airlines and Adorno Design in Denmark.

The collection showcasing contemporary designs made from traditional materials such as Turkish kilim, stone, glass, ceramics and wood works were exhibited between Thursday 19th and Sunday 22nd September at the Old Truman Brewery.

The group of Turkish designers joined those from 10 other countries in a successful attempt to engage in a ‘cross-cultural dialogue’. Attendees also included HE Ümit Yalçın (Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to the UK), Dr Mehmet Karakuş (Director of Yunus Emre Institute in London) and Adorno co-founder Martin Clausen.