Nur Horsanalı (TR)

Designer with a research-oriented practice. Graduated from Istanbul Bilgi University, Industrial Product Design department; and completed her MA studies in Aalto University, Product and Spatial Design in Finland. After her studies, she continued to work as a research assistant at Aalto University; contributed to the Finnish Pavilion in XXII Triennale di Milano as a curatorial assistant. Her interests revolve around material culture, vernacular design and crafts.


  1. Halletmek
  2. Apprentice’s Diary
  3. Oak and Steel
  4. Design and Improvisation
  5. Flooded Summer School
  6. 45 Minutes with Glass
  7. Poronluu
  8. Brief Encounters
  9. Color and Material Studies



Under Construction


Aalto University
MA, Contemporary Design
Helsinki, 2017—2019

Istanbul Bilgi University
BSc, Industrial Product Design
Istanbul, 2013—2017

Work Experience

Research Assistant, Aalto University
Helsinki, August – December 2019

Curatorial Assistant, Everyday Experiments Exhibition︎
Finnish Section in XXII Triennale di Milano
The exhibition presents twelve experimental projects that are carried out among the real lives of Finland’s citizens, addressing topics such as: the growth of Arctic tourism; the relationship of policymaking and civic life; or the rights of indigenous communities. My tasks included conducting research for the exhibition, assisting in administration and production.
Helsinki—Milan, November 2018—March 2019

Teaching Assistant, Aalto University
Assisted the course ‘Design and Culture’ alongside responsible teachers Guy Julier and Kaisu Savola. The course provides an overview to the Finnish design history and the role of design in the social, political and economical development.
Helsinki, October—December 2018

Volunteer Experience

Volunteer, Nordic Design Research Conference︎
NORDES 2019, the 8th biannual conference posed the question, “Who cares?”, exploring related questions, issues and propositions concerning responsibilities, relationships, ways of doing and directing design today.
Helsinki, June 2019

Volunteer, Helsinki Design Week
Helsinki, September 2018

Selected Workshops

Flooded Summer School︎
with Estonian Academy of Arts
The project examines how could site-specific architecture help create new values in delicate surroundings. The international team of architecture and design students collaborated to build a wooden shelter that would be flexible to the ever-changing water levels in the Soomaa region.
Soomaa National Park, August 2018

Weaving Kiosk︎
Weaving Kiosks, developed by Rosa Tolnov Clausen, are temporary social spaces where set-up looms, weaving tools and materials are available to everyone. Project aims at exploring Nordic hand weaving traditions and their place and value in contemporary contexts of design and production. Helsinki, 2017—2019

AA Istanbul Visiting School
with Architectural Association School of Architecture
The workshop, hosting 45 international students and 7 tutors, focused on the inter-relation between analog and digital techniques through design and construction of a large-scale vault structure, as well as, investigating material behavior and its limitations.
Istanbul, June 2016

Temporary Museum for Craft Cultures
with Design Academy Eindhoven
One week long research project between Istanbul Bilgi University and Design Academy Eindhoven students, held as part of 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial, illustrating the current crafts and craftsman culture in Istanbul. 
Istanbul, December 2014

Repair Society︎
Repair Society researches and discusses what repair means to our society today. Collective workshop and exhibition, held as a part of 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial, functions as an archive that collects stories, statements, ideas, and artifacts from people interested in or occupied with any kind of repair work.
Istanbul, October 2014


A School of Schools: 4de Istanbul Design 
Biënnale in België︎

C-Mine Genk, June—September 2019


A School of Schools: Design as Learning︎
Luma Arles, May 2019

4th Istanbul Design Biennial: A School of Schools︎
Akbank Sanat Istanbul, September 2018

Design Chronology Turkey︎
3rd Istanbul Design Biennial
Group participation 
Design Chronology Turkey is a major long-term research project into the last two centuries of design from Turkey under 13 headings. The project, coordinated by Pelin Derviş, is an attempt to bring together different fields of design within a time frame.
Studio-X Istanbul, October 2016

The New Domesticity: Furniture Issue
Dutch Design Week 2016
Group participation
The New Domesticity project aims at rethinking domestic life in a given living space, looking into the furniture issue in the scope of daily life, and puts forward a collective work of furniture and accessory designs in a 30m2 installation. Temporary Art Centre Eindhoven, October 2016