Omer Unal was born in Ankara, Turkey in 1973. He graduated from Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts Interior Design Department in Istanbul. In 1996-97 he earned a Master’s Degree in Product Design from Domus Academy in Milan. He later earned his second Master Diploma in Interior Design from Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts Interior Design Department.
In 2000 he founded UBstudio along with his partner Alper Boler in Istanbul, Turkey. His studio’s work included Product design, Shop Window Designs, Interior Designs, Architecture for various local companies in Turkey. His “Sema” coffee table designed for the Turkish company Nurus won 2008 IF Best Design Award.
His works have won eight international and local awards from 1996-2012. In 2012 he founded OUD studio and he is continuing to design in the fields of Product Design, Interior Design, Architecture. His work has been exhibited in MAK Vienna Museum of Applied Arts, MoMa shop.
“Until the 90’s my country Turkey was a Non Liberal Nationalist country. Access to knowledge therefore intellect, and communication with the outside world was limited. You needed knowledge to access knowledge. Given this situation, my knowledge of design theory was limited to what I could get my hands on in few libraries and what was taught in my university. During and after, I was deeply influenced by the words of Enzo Mari, Ezio Manzini, Andrea Branzi who gave lectures at Domus Academy. I felt like a five year old in a candy store, a dry sponge sucking up all the information around me. A caveman that has just been unfrozen was brought into the 21st century. It was the best educational experience of my life. I have a multi disciplinary office that works mainly with local Turkish brands who are trying to expand globally.”
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