Designer Spotlight: Onur Mustak Cobanli

This weeks Designer Spotlight focuses on Onur Mustak Cobanli,an industrial designer working at OMC Design Studios by Como Lake in Italy.

What’s the story behind your designs? What inspires you?

In most cases, each design has its own unique story. The inspiration comes from many sources but I am usually motivated by love, positive feelings and wishes and reflections on life. When designing, I am further inspired by nature but I also try to incorporate architecture and geometry. I like designing products with organic features, which are soft and user-friendly.

What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?

Shapeways allows designers to be real alchemists, empowering them to turn mere ideas into real objects. I wanted to realize some of my own ideas without the added cost of building a workshop.

How did you learn how to design in 3D?

I was taught at school, practiced a lot, made many creations, and learned from my mistakes. It took some time to learn how to do it right, but it is as I said mostly trial and error; if you want to learn you need to start doing it.

How do you promote your work?

I believe that the works themselves promote me, especially if I do my best. I trust in the ideas, I make the investment to realize them and time to present them well. If I make great work, I publish it online and try to connect with editors and expect for people to see it and contact me.

Who are your favorite designers or artists?

I am fan of furniture designers Joe Colombo, Verner Panton and Marco Zanuso. In the Shapeways community, I am especially moved by those who make sculptures, sacred geometry and super-complex shapes that are normally impossible with other production technologies.

If you weren’t limited by current technologies, what would you want to make using 3D printing?

I would make larger pieces such as furniture and when the technology allows it, I would make more complex designs that permit usage of multiple materials and pre-made electronic components.

Browse Onurs collection of jewelry in his Shapeways Shop or visit his website. And if you’d like the next designer spotlight to focus on you, email natalia@shapeways.com

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