THE FOUNDER OF FRAGMENTZ, SİNEM KOCAMAN, GETS INSPIRATION FROM CONCRETE FOR PRODUCTS AIMED TOWARDS HOME DECORATION.
Founder of Fragmentz, which is an active design platform that produces lighting and home accessories, Sinem Kocaman completes all of her collection designing, prototyping and production stages at her workshop in Rasimpaşa, Kadıköy. All of the objects, which are all hand-made, are designed using new technologic procedures. The concrete focused three-dimensional forms in Kocaman’s collection promise a different experience to the target mass with their interpretations developed through the material used.
The curiosity for design began in her university years
Sinem Kocaman, who is a Material Metallurgical Engineering department graduate of Yıldız Technical University, began to show interest in designing in her university years. Kocaman, who entered designing competitions during these years, took 3-D drawing and designing classes and improved herself in art history. Kocaman, who had also attended certificate programs on industrial designing, explains how the process of bringing her designs to life had shaped, “After coordinating the planning of my sketches and the production processes, I needed to gather the required amount of funds to turn my dreams into a reality. For this reason, I worked as an engineer for a while. At first, I worked as an industrial automotive engineer with my family. We were in the manufacturing sector. We had our own business place. We were refining spare parts for white appliances and the automotive sector. My familiarity with workshops actually comes from this point. Later on, to enjoy my job more and to be more creative about it, I started doing jobs involving TV productions. After seeing that the process of saving up money was taking longer and longer, I realized, I needed to reach the point of being able to do production on my own.”
She started specializing in molding and casting techniques
Sinem Kocaman who trained herself in different production techniques says, “I mastered molding and casting techniques. At the beginning, I was an assistant at 2 workshops that did jobs similar to mine. Later I completed my industrial design focused postgraduate at Liverpool Hope University in England. I brought my own designs to life using casting, molding, resin, concrete and ceramic materials. As a finishing project, I prepared an exhibit made up of home decoration accessories. After completing my postgraduate in 2014, I was part of 2 different industrial design projects, I later returned to Istanbul to establish my own workshop. The inspiration for the name of my workshop, Fragmentz, came from designing fragments of decoration from home decoration to pieces that create the atmosphere of that place. These pieces reflect a home decoration concept made up of plant pots or lighting groups rather than furniture. Along with objects and frames aimed towards wall decoration, I focus on desktop, hanging or floor lighting groups. Because of how much I love flowers, I have a special place for flowerpot designs.”
She focuses more on concrete designs
Kocaman, who first makes her sketches on paper and switches to computer assisted designing afterwards, summarizes her working method: “After 3-D modeling the products, I take 3-D print outs of them. I take a mold from the printed objects I got and resort to the method of reproducing them. I work on a new generation production technique which is somewhere between handmade production and mass production. Having a style like this allows me to move comfortably. You can directly move on to production after printing out the thing that you modeled the day before along with its mold. For the past one year, I have been working focused on concrete. The most important reason for this is that I really like the material. I really like the small deformations of the objects that come out of the mold and the differences of two objects that came out of the same mold. While researching foreign designers, my eyes always went to designers from northern countries. Concrete had also started being used for the first time in these countries for furniture and home decoration 10 years ago. The number of people working with concrete has also increased in Turkey. Concrete has also started especially being preferred for flowerpot groups. I am conducting research for using organic materials and concrete together in 2017. My new collection will be reflecting this concept. My biggest dream is bringing people together making production in this area and being a part of an alternative teaching-learning and production platform.”