Bernhardt Design was founded in 1980 by the 125-year-old Bernhardt Furniture Company. In 2001, Bernhardt Design cemented its reputation as a leader and innovator in furniture design and production by partnering with Ross Lovegrove to create the iconic Go Chair, the world's first magnesium chair. Since then, President Jerry Helling has assembled an international roster of creative talent, including Arik Levy, Jaime Hayon, Jeffrey Bernett, Lievore Altherr Molina, Yves Behar and Charles Pollock. Bernhardt Design strongly supports the rising generation of creative talent through its interdisciplinary course at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and the ICFF Studio program.
Born in Ankara in 1964, Defne Koz is arguably Turkey's best-known designer. Having studied Italian at Ankara University, she completed a masters degree in industrial design at Domus Academy in Milan and was later a teacher. From 1990 to 1992, she worked for the great Ettore Sottsass, before opening her own studio in Milan.
Defne Koz now has studios in Ankara, Milan and Chicago and has designed for a number of international companies. Her design style shows clear indications of the contemporary Milan school mixed with simple but evocative hints of the Middle East.View other products by Defne Koz