Nur Horsanalı

Designer recently graduated from Aalto University, currently based in Istanbul. Coming from a product design background, she has been developing herself in a research-focused practice and her interests are material culture, vernacular design and crafts.


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



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Üretimde Gelenek︎
Bilingual Trans. Tradition in Production
Design Unlimited: Tradition in Design Issue,
April 2020

Halletmek: An Inventory of Everyday Design and Production︎
Co-authors Can Altay, Gizem Öz
Contrary to common design practices, one can observe users’ self-generating solutions with limited means on the streets of Istanbul. Objects are being repaired, adapted or modified in response to a need. Everyday life brings palliative articulations and solutions to seemingly complex problems. With the belief that design should pay closer attention to instances from everyday life, we have developed a growing inventory of materials and transformational products, and the surrounding culture we labeled as “halletmek”. This article is a suggestion on how to discuss and make the spontaneous design-production practices visible within the field of product design.IASDR Conference: Design Revolutions,
September 2019

Halletmek: Gündelik Hayattan Bir Tasarım-Üretim Envanteri︎
Trans. Halletmek: An Inventory of Everyday Design and Production Co-authors Can Altay, Gizem Öz
UTAK National Design Research Conference, September 2018

Stools as Tools: Tactical Units and Ways of Sitting in Public Space︎
Co-author Avşar Gürpınar The practices of daily life in Istanbul are manifested through a ever-changing and peculiar network of urban culture, which is constantly shaped by authoritarian or disciplinary strategies on one end, and tactical interventions on the other. In this article, we investige the domain of sitting in public space and the seating objects shaped or reshaped by citizens to sustain their daily life with its rituals, which is critical for their social survival. These units in their design—or reformation—show us how simple and provisional solutions are developed for the basic, daily needs of their users. On a different level, their use and configuration reflect how the public space is domesticized or reclaimed.
MONU Magazine 27 – Small Urbanism,
October 2017

Halletme Pratikleri︎
Trans. The Practice of Halletmek
Manifold, July 2017