The LOCT Coffee Table by Bersun Erturk (BersErt) has been awarded the 1st prize, the Platinum award, by APID (Association of Interior Designers) under the event called FOID (Festival of Interior Design) in UAE.
+ About the competition
Competition was consisted of three stages in which the first step starts with concept design submissions. Design submission was based on a furniture, product or a material to be applied in interiors but the most important clue was design to represent/interpret local theme from the region. 10 out of the all submissions were selected and the owners were asked to submit the manufactured prototypes which would be presented in front of the Jury consisted of 5 top ranked professionals from the field including professors & design directors. Final four were selected by the jury after the presentations as the second stage result and I am proud to get the highest grade among the others. Third stage was held in Address Hotel Dubai, at the APID Gala Dinner, as all the guests asked to vote the final four designs which will be awarded with Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals based on the votes. Finally, after the long and tiring process mentioned above, my design, a coffee table, called LOCT got the 1st prize, Platinum Award.
+ Design statement
Family is one of the most important unity and keystone of the region. Besides, supporting the each other member in the family is a significant value coming from the traditional culture. An abstract Interpretation of this unity blends with the traditional octagonal Mashrabiya pattern in a simplified way and LOCT reveals itself.
LOCT is a coffee table which actually looks simple yet keeps it secret in the way of detailing and manufacturing. Each solid teak leg supports and interlocks the one next to it and all of them creates the structure of this free standing furniture which gets locked by gravity. Joint details are unique and took so long time to reach such a perfection in the prototype.
As the structure has LOCKED itself and the structural form is based on an eight sided figure which is called an OCT gives the clue of the idea behind the title LOCT.