Istanbul born industrial designer, attended Brown University and received her BFA with honors in Industrial Design from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), MA in Visual Arts and Communication Design from Sabanci University and MA in Design Products at Royal College of Art London.
Rezzan is currently the founder and designer at Studio Sahil, based in London.
Her work focuses on memory, intangible cultural heritage and craft practices. Rezzan seeks ways of translating cultural nuances into tangible objects through exploring processes and materials. Her research project Artisans In Istanbul, aims to locate and document local artisans to find the best way to establish a community platform for artisans and designers. Most of the products are made in collaboration with local crafts people and maker studios in Istanbul.
Some of the notable exhibitions which she has shown her work include Experiments & Prototypes at Aram Gallery (2017), Ventura Lambrate (2015, 2016, 2017), New Craft at Triennale (2016), Royal College of Art Graduate Show (2017), Tent London for London Design Festival (2015), and at her ‘Artisans in Istanbul’ solo show in Istanbul (2015).
EXHIBITIONS | AWARDS | TALKS
Design Week Turkey, Istanbul, November 2017
Material Spaces: Ma-tt-er + SPACE10, Protein Gallery, LDF ’17, London, September 2017
KERAMOS, Prick Cactus Store, LDF ’17, London, September 2017
‘Experiments and Prototypes 9, Aram Gallery, London, July – August 2017
‘RCA Graduate Show’ Design Products, Royal College of Art, London, June 2017
Ventura Lambrate for Salone Del Mobile, In – Motion, Milan, April 2017
‘Work in Progress Show’ Design Products, Royal College of Art, London, January 2017
Christmas Fête, Royal College of Art, London, December 2016
‘New Craft’ Young Under 35, XXI Triennale International Exhibition, Milan, April-September 2016
Ventura Lambrate for Salone Del Mobile, Form & Seek, Milan, April 2016
‘Work in Progress Show’ Design Products, Royal College of Art, London, January 2016
Tent London, London Design Festival, September 2015
Thesis Solo Show “Artisans in Istanbul”, FASS Art Gallery, Sabancı University, Istanbul, May 2015
Collective RAW Presentation, Kadir Has University, Istanbul, May 2015
Ventura Lambrate for Salone Del Mobile, Collective RAW, Milan, April 2015
Mamut Art Project, Istanbul, March 2015
Guest Critique, Final Review of Third Year Architecture Studio, Bilgi University, Istanbul, December 2014
Istanbul Mini Maker Faire, Haliç Congress Center, Istanbul, November 2014
Presentation at Elance Designers Meeting, Tasarım Atölyesi Kadıköy (TAK), Istanbul, July 2014
Full Scholarship, Sabancı University, Istanbul, 2014-2015
Digital Media Sparks, FASS Art Gallery, Sabancı University, Istanbul, Spring 2014
Portfolio Presentation, Kadir Has University, Istanbul, December 2013
Wedgwood Annual Tabletop Design Competition Finalist, New York, NY, Spring 2012
Industrial Design Senior Show, Woods Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI, March 2012
Speos Exhibition, School of Photography, Paris, France, January 2011
Foundation Studies Triennial Exhibition, Woods Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI, Fall 2008
D&D Art and Design Studio Annual Exhibition, The Press Museum, Istanbul, 2007 – 2008