Gamze Guven (Tasarim Ussu) / Loqum / 2007 / for CORIAN®: 40 Years - 40 Designers  previous next 
The "Loqum" Turkish Delight Bowl is questioning the meaning of a traditional product made of opal glass, by considering the qualities of another opal material: Corian®. “Turkish delight” emerged in Anatolia in XV century and it was introduced all over the world by an English traveller in XVIII century. Louis XV, king of France, ordered his craftsmen a special container design for Turkish delight and he sent this gift to the Ottoman Emperor Abdulhamid I . Since then this design became a norm. I think designers were influenced from “clove” flower, which was typical in Turkish designs. It was the flower of love as it is a very strong aphrodisiac. Surprising similarity, Turkish delights wrapped in lace handkerchiefs was also a symbol, where couples exchanged them as tokens of love. “Turkish delight bowl” form is reinterpreted by a modern material: Corian®. I’ve tried to symbolize the symbolic clove flower and subtracted it by carving its mass from the 330x330x42 mm square prism. So, the final negative: female form is being produced. These carved surfaces are symbolizing the uncut, soft stripes of Turkish delight, as well as the petals of the clove. These stripes look random but, as in nature, there is a mathematical order behind. This carving process was made by CNC tooling on pieces of Corian®. So it became possible to have the different color contour next to the periphery, by having a different color Corian® sheet at the second layer.