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Ayse Birsel
Musa for Merati
Ayse Birsel

born in 1965 Izmir, Turkey

. studied industrial design in Middle East Technical University in Turkey and graduated in 1985,
. had a Fulbright Scholarship for her master’s degree at Pratt Institute in NY and finished the program in 1989,
. won an ID Award for Concepts and the Design of the Future competition in Japan with her master's degree thesis at Pratt,
. designed a collection of office accessories with Bruce Hannah,
. founded Olive 1:1 in 1996,
. worked on the Resolve office system in June 1997 for Hermann Miller,
. her collaboration with Bibi Seck on the design of a concept automobile interior for Renault led to the creation of their studio Birsel + Seck,
. works with Knoll, Herman Miller Inc., TOTO Ltd., Vitra/Eczacibasi, Sasaki Crystal, Dansk International, Renault, Merati,Moroso,
. has taught at Pratt Institute,Les Ateliers-Paris, Mimar Sinan University-Istanbul and Ecole Superieure d'Art et de Design-Reims,
. her work is in the permanent collections of Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and the Museum of Modern Art,
. says that design is a way of 'distilling problems, solutions, and forms to their essence.


. Athena Award for Excellence in Furniture design, 2008
. Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award finalist, 2002
. Brooklyn Museum of Art Young Designer Award, 2001
. Gold Industrial Design Excellence IDSA award for the Resolve system, 2000
. NeoCon Overall Best of Competition Award and Most Innovative Award for Resolve System, 1999
. Industrial Design Excellence Award for Zoe Washlet, 1996
. French Furniture Industry Syndicate Award, 1994
. ID magazine award for the Water Room, 1990

Famous Works:

Zoë Washlet ,1995, for Toto
Resolve Office Furniture System, 1997,for Hermann Miller
Red Office Furniture System, 2000, for Hermann Miller
Taxi07, interior design with Bibi Seck, 2007, for the New York taxis
Madame Dakar, Sofa with Bibi Seck, 2009, for Moroso


- www.birselplusseck.com

Ayse Birsel Products in Designpedia


Resolve System



Madame Dakar