Trends in Bathroom Design | Sebastian Conran and Erdem Akan | VitrA
From stacking shelves at Habitat in his teens to heading design at the Conran Group, Sebastian's life has been focused on understanding how things are made, sold, and used, as well as designing innovative, stylish & satisfying products. He has seen many thousands of successful & enduring products through from concept to consumer.
Industrial Designer Sebastian Conran is visiting Professor of Design & Innovation at Bristol Robotics and Designer in Residence at University of Sheffield’s Science & Engineering faculty. A champion of Form Follows Fabrication, Sebastian is a 'closet inventor’ and also keen advocate of design process and creative thinking being used to address more general issues. His approach is both playful and pragmatic, enjoying the thoughtful transformation of science, technology and engineering into user experience, consumer lifestyle and social culture. Sebastian's often mechanically ingenious work has received many accolades, awards and patents for design & innovation in a variety of industries.
Erdem Akan is a designer, design manager, curator, lecturer and co-founder of maybedesign and co-founder of BOxER Design&Strategy. But rather than these, Akan prefers to be called a visionary, who blends cultures and disciplines. In spite of, his broad educational background includes degrees in mechanical engineering, industrial design and design management, Akan believes in his self taught design spirit. His unique design approach is both aesthetically sensitive and style conscious. Rather than these, Akan is driven by ideas and creativity.
In 2012 he co-founded BOxER -a cutting edge design company, focusing on strategic design to increase innovative and competitive qualities of their customers. The name BOxER is an acronym of its co-founders Bogac Simsir, Erdem Akan and multiplication of their visions, skills and experiences.
He has been awarded by Elle Décor as Designer of the year Turkey. Akan delivers high concept interiors and collections for his clients, curates design exhibitions, lectures design at universities and seminars. Akan’s designs have been featured in Wallpaper, New York Times Style Magazine, Interni, Elle Décor and I.D., among many others.