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Design for industry or cultural consumption


Another issue of discussion is whether design is done for the needs of the industry or for cultural consumption. Some exhibitions were organized which brought designers together and gave them themes to work on. An interesting initiative was the formation of a group of independent designers based in Istanbul to organize a design exhibition entitled Barbarlar Sofrası (Barbarians’ Banquet) on the occasion of the Istanbul Design Week 2007 (Babadağ et al, 2009). The subject of this exhibition was to create unique design objects for a mock banquet of polyamide objects using Rapid Manufacturing and Prototyping technologies.