Application deadline: 17th May. Workshop: 1-15 August 2019.

The 45th session of the Yahşibey Design Workshops will be taught by Bahar Akgün and Lara Mehling of the collaborative design platform After Apricots (AfAp), based in Istanbul and Zurich. As an architect and landscape architect immersed in research, teaching, and installation design, the duo cultivates an immersive practice that integrates design into the everyday. For more info about the format of Yahşibey Design Workshops, past sessions, and life in the seaside village, please visit the website.


In a dizzying world of branding and self-promotion, political discord and increasing environmental disasters, it is easy to shut down. We will resist this urge and attempt to find personal design languages with which to respond to the world we live in with renewed engagement. More than seek an aesthetic preference or style, we will investigate our histories, memories, and motives.

The ornament embedded in our everyday surroundings and domestic objects – lace curtains, embroidered tablecloths, painted ceramics – acts as a visual language which links us to a common past, a specific design genealogy. During the first part of the workshop, each day will be structured around a single theme – domestic interior, handwork, heritage, symbolism, clothing, toys and tools, decor. We will explore these through various activities, from collecting and conversing to reflecting and writing and finally to sketching and modeling in order to build individual collections of colors, shapes, materials, and textures which decode our visual inheritance.

In the second part of the workshop we will test these personal design approaches by re-engaging with the environment, the world outside ourselves. Each student will develop a unique piece in visual dialogue with the landscape of Yahşibey, thus layering personal and communal, interior and exterior impressions. These pieces will come together to create a group installation that reinterprets the traditional form of a collective ‘quilt.’

To Apply

Applications for Domestic Ornament are open to all design students in Bachelor (3rd/4th year) and Master programs (1st/2nd), regardless of university or nationality, from the field of architecture, landscape architecture, interior and graphic design.
To apply please email a portfolio and brief CV in a single PDF (max. 10 MB) labeled «LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME.pdf» and send it to with the subject line «Domestic Ornament – Yahşibey – NAME» by 17th May 2019.


Lara Mehling
Master of Landscape Architecture

Doctoral Candidate

ETH Zürich
Network City and Landscape – NSL
Institute of Landscape Architecture – ILA
Chair of Professor Christophe Girot

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CH – 8093 Zurich Switzerland

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