Hometown: Los Angeles/Istanbul
Lives and Works: Hong Kong/Istanbul
Yellowdot was founded by the designers Bodin Hon and Dilara Kan, the Hong Kong-based studio is celebrated for its marriage of culture, technology, science, arts and crafts.
Through a collaborative spirit, embodying a playful yet exploratory approach combined with a sustainable and people-driven ethos, their work has resulted in an audacious, influential and culturally-relevant portfolio that encompasses products, interior design, exhibition design and furniture – taking in collaborations with a diverse client base and across industries and categories, from mass-produced electronics, home appliances, lighting, technology, fashion to handcrafted objects and furniture, often bringing their understanding of one process to their work on another.
Bodin is an ex-NASA engineer who trained at Rice University in Houston before entering the field of industrial design in Milan where designed for an electronics manufacturer upon graduation. In Italy, he was awarded the prestigious International Compasso d’oro as a young talent for his innovative cookware design. He is experienced in product design and the product development cycle. His passion is combining technology with solution driven approaches to create exciting, future-oriented ideas and experiences.
Dilara grew up in Turkey and studied at the Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts, founded on the manifesto of Bauhaus. Dilara’s practice is rooted in her astute eye for visual culture and appreciation of the crafts; and Bodin’s in industrial precision, combined with the sensibility of a maker’s hand and deep understanding of materials and technology. Together they strive to create work that transcends rational and functional qualities, to imbue a sense of true inner beauty with a delightful element of surprise in their projects.
Since their meeting at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan, their ability to combine their diverse backgrounds and skills has enabled Yellowdot to work coherently across multiple disciplines and develop its own distinctive expression and to translate meticulous and fantastical design ideas to the context of production.
They split its time between consultancy work for top brands in Asia and creating their own limited objects and furniture collection called 'Memento' which was premiered at Maison & Objet Paris and Salone del Mobile Milan in 2019.
Recent winner of the Perspective 40 Under 40 award, they have also won the International Compasso d'oro, iF and James Dyson design award.
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