We are with Uniqka's designers Merve and Kerem Ariş, who design with art and craft.
Kerem Ariş, set up Uniqka in 2015, after 9 years of corporate life, thinking that it wasn't suitable for him. Uniqka designs decoration objects for the office and home by featuring leather goods. Also all of the production is handmade.
Importance of the leather for Kerem is different. His father is a sculpre who works with leather. Kerem says that leather is in his life since his childhood. For this reason, he prefers to manufacture with this material since he knows it very well.
You can discover the details about Uniqka in our delightful conversation!
If we ask three words that defines your style ?
Leather, modern and simple.
Would you tell us about the projects that makes you excited in near future?
We are attending to Milano Design Week, where our new products and different versions of existing products will be launched. Another project that we are planning is bringing a new collection of a Dutch lightning designer to Uniqa. Before, all the designs except a special serie were mine, now we aim to grow by adding other designers in our brand.
What's the favorite part of your job?
Struggling with difficulties of material, fighting and finally creating something!
Do you have any people who inspires you?
I am mostly inspired by my father, sculptor who uses leather for about 50 years. I like his discipline and perception of work.
If you were not doing this job right now, what would you be doing?
I'd probably be a DJ.
How are you spending your days?
My days change a lot; half of the week I'm in the office, and half of the week I'm in my atelier. Sometimes I go producers or material suppliers. So, I can say there are no standard days for me.
What inspires your creativity?
Almost everything; something I see on the street, on the internet, in magazines or newspapers, an architectural structure, or nature... I can be influenced by many things.
Finally, what are the 5 design products you most like on the Hipicon ?