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Alexander Giray’s Mid-Century Modern Inspired Designs

Today, we continue our series about contemporary designers inspired by mid-century modern, with Alexander Giray: a self-made designer.

The 50s and 60s aesthetic offers a strong inspiration for Giray’s designs, where he also incorporates his own vision to create truly unique pieces. In his own words: “The inspiration lies in the beauty, simplicity, and functionality of Midcentury Modern furniture.”

Alexander’s path to become a designer was not a conventional one, but was certainly driven by both passion and determination.

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Can you tell us about yourself and your background?

I was born and raised in a small town in Turkey. I spent most of my childhood sketching modern furniture and futuristic homes to compensate the total lack of either of them in my life. For personal reasons I never completed my studies in architecture, but I always carried a creative spirit in me.

After exploring other career options and spending eight years as a climbing guide, I saw an opportunity to make a long lasting dream coming true. Which brings us to today.

What made you decide to become a designer?

I never really planned to become one. I just followed my natural inclination towards drawing, and creativity brought me to this point. As a designer, I especially enjoy to see how the end user interacts with the design.

It feels good when you can add something positive into someone’s else life.

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Which part/s of a new project excites you the most?

The excitement of the new, together with the thrill of the problem solving process.

Every piece I create has a place in my home so I can interact with it. If I don’t get tired of it, means I have succeed in my job as designer.

When did you start your company and why?

I started a little over a year ago when in need for an end table. Not being able to find the right size, I decided to design one myself. After that, I started digging into my old sketches looking for inspiration for a second one and here we are today.


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What are your dreams and aspirations for your future in the world of design?

With my pieces, I want to bring back the joy of connecting with a well designed and built piece of furniture.

To me, it’s important to come home to a well designed piece of furniture that can lift your spirit after a long day. I hope to revitalize and help spread this feeling with my designs.

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You seem to take inspiration from the 40s and 50s, is that correct? If so, what do you think is so special about that period of design?

True, I think it was a simpler time back then. A time when you dressed well to get on a plane and everyone conversed instead of texting. I believe that mid-century furniture today are the representation the simplicity of those times.

Today, I believe, the last thing people want, is to go back into a home filled with puffy and cumbersome furniture.

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Photos via Alexander Giray

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