How did you find your way into interior styling and design?
Being involved in a creative field was something I dreamed of as a child. In my childhood, I used to cut materials such as cardboard and fabric all the time and design something. I made a choice in line with this tendency and ability in my education life and became an interior designer.
What is your design ethos?
One of the design issues that has been discussed for years is ‘must function follow form or form function?’. I’m always for balance. While I give more importance to the function in basic furniture that will be used a lot in daily life, I may prefer to raise the sense of aesthetics and excitement before the sculptural shapes and function in another furniture that will be used relatively less. It’s like creating gaps and fullness in a work of art. My primary goal is to create fairy tale and original spaces, and furniture that make people feel aesthetic enthusiasm and serenity when they are there.
In your opinion, what does art do or add to a home?
We can only perceive every object in a space. This is how our mind works. And we build emotional bonds between us and many places. Our home is the environment where we connect the most emotionally. It makes people who observe it feel various feelings in the face of every work of art. A work of art adds emotion to a home. Sometimes it is compatible with the house it is in, sometimes it can give you the opposite feeling of the place where it is located. Let’s not forget that we realise many things with its opposite. A house with works of art made by well-equipped artists is very different from other houses.
How important is viewing art in-situ in a home rather than in a white wall gallery or online?
I think this is very important. An art gallery or platforms where artworks are presented online are places where we usually review artworks quickly, so we don’t have an emotional attachment to that piece of art, we just have a superficial knowledge of it. However, seeing the artwork in our living space is not like it is there.
What design element could you not live without for your projects?
I can answer this without hesitation: shape and colour. These are the two elements that I think can reflect an emotion most effectively.
What is your personal taste when it comes to art?
I am very impressed with surreal artworks that push the limits of the imagination, but are also very real problems and subjects are the main theme. Apart from that, I love abstract works of art, especially abstract painting and sculpture.
Featured Image:Istanbul-based Rana Güneş.