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.
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.
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.
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.
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.