Chief Design Officer,
Koray Malhan (born 1972) attended the Industrial Design Department at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul, after which he received his degree in furniture design at the Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication in London in 1995. Malhan has been supervising the development of design projects, collaborations with architects and designers around the world, as well as creating the brand’s communication strategy. He has shaped the design language of Koleksiyon’s office furniture by studying the relationship between spaces and different generations and the concept of “work” with a main focus on people. He re-thinks the workspace dynamics of today and predicts the needs of the future by synthesizing his readings and studies in music, sociology, philosophy, semiology, architecture and linguistics. In this realm, inspired by Umberto Eco’s Opera Aperta, Malhan has developed fluid design concepts to offer freedom and flexibility for the continously changing work culture after a 4-year creation process. With his new “Self-Organised Workplace” concept, Koray Malhan challenges the centric and absolute approach to the workspace structure by designing solutions for the ever-changing and evolving needs of the progressive, non-hierarchical and collaborative work culture of today and tomorrow. The main idea is to involve the architects and users, as active participants in the design development phase and present dynamic solutions that are open for change. As the Design and Brand Director, Malhan currently manages the entire product portfolio of office & contract division. In addition to creating his own designs, he works closely with Koleksiyon’s partners including international designers and design studios to ensure that a consistent approach is sustained in product design and development. In 2012, Koray Malhan received 2012 Good Design Awards and Red Dot Product Design Awards with “Gala”, an office chair that he designed in collaboration with Gerhard Reichert and Heinrich Iglseder. In 2015, his sofa design “Ikaros” which doubles as a desk to enhance cross fertilization of ideas and discussions at the workplace won the MetropolisLIKES award as well as The Architect’s Newspaper’s Best of Product Award. One of Malhan’s latest designs, “Oblivion”, winner of the 2016 MetropolisLIKES award and the 2016 Design Turkey Superior Design Award, answers the modern-day quest for a creative space within traditional office layouts by creating private hubs for various uses.