Gamze Akyole and Çiçek Karataş are two girls aged 24 and 25 born in Turkey, who moved to Milan to study architecture at the Politecnico. I met them on Instagram, where their profile was immediately kidnapped me, even if I had a doubt that afflicted me. In the caption it’s written architects, while the photos represent design covers; I therefore decided to ask them some questions to get to know them better.
Why do two architects decide to make covers?
“Really, since we are architects, design is a passion for us; but it was strange to decide to create a brand. On the night of 21/12/2016, we were spending the evening at the home of one of us, and suddenly we found a piece of felt. We didn’t know where it came from, but we decided to design a case for our iPads using that piece of fabric. We designed it, we discussed it, and we did it. A few days later, we went to school with our new handmade briefcases and all our classmates wanted that we make them for them too. In that moment we decided to found a brand. “
How was Room 2112 born?
“We were thinking about what name to give to the brand, and we realized how shocking it was for us the moment we made the first cover. We wanted that moment to remain impressed in our history and remember that it all started in a “room” on December 21st. We therefore decided to call our Room 2112 brand. “
What positive situations did this project give you?
“Another surprise that Room 2112 gave us, it was to participate in the Milano Design Week 2017 as exhibitors. During the design week, we met many people, we developed our brand and the customers started to get to know each other; so it was an amazing experience for us. “
Why do two architects decide to work to create covers?
“We love functionality. In our life as a designer, as in architecture, we believe that everything should be created for people and their needs. On December 21st, both of us needed cover and we thought that like us, everyone who has an iPad would need it. That’s why we are designing and working on functional objects that can make our life better and simpler. “
Which materials do you use? And which products do you offer?
“Mainly we use colored elastic and felt: materials that give flexibility to our projects. We love the texture of the felt; the touch it gives off a feeling that you can not find in any other material. We have made many types of covers, but mainly we have specialized in iPads and MacBooks. However, because our slogan is “functionality”, we have designed organizers, passport containers, wallets, card holders, pencil cases and eyeglass cases. “
What are your future plans?
“Our brand was born in Milan, but we want to spread our slogan all over the world. For the year 2018, our plan was to spread to our country of origin, Turkey. We have achieved our goal and we have started selling our products in the two most famous design stores in Turkey. For the next few years, it is hoped that you will also hear our name in other countries! “
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