Ali Tayar
Turkish, born 1959
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
Ali Tayar: Systems & One-Offs,
R & Company
System Design: Over 100 years of chaos in everyday life,
MAKK – Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln
The Objects Show,
R & Company

From a trendy New York City burger joint to the interior of a high-performance sailboat, Turkish-born Ali Tayar designs across a broad spectrum of objects, furniture, commercial interiors, and architectural projects. Born in Istanbul, Tayar was raised in awe of the modernist Hilton Hotel that was built in the post-war climate of his city, as well as the ancient architecture from the Byzantine and Ottoman empires. As the son of a structural engineer, Tayar grew up especially attuned to the architectural integrity of a building’s anatomy, which continues to influence his practice. At the University of Stuttgart, Tayar became versed in German design and the foundations of Modernism, followed by study in the U.S., during which time he developed an appreciation for the modernist Rockefeller Apartments of West 54th Street, New York (designed 1936), where he now, triumphantly, resides.