If you’re new to @Home with… this is the spot to check out every week where we’re highlighting community members and staff associated with Midtown’s Detroit Center for Design + Technology. Stay connected with us and say hello to Bilge Nur Saltik, a designer, curator and educator based in Detroit. She founded Form & Seek, a design studio that creates and curates uniques crafted products and experiences. Notable clients include Le Bon Marche, Cariuma, Paşabahçe, Kwambio and Shanghai Glass Museum. We caught up with her @ Home and here’s what we learned:
@Home with Bilge Nur Saltik
Bilge Nur Saltik is a designer, maker and educator. You might recognize her as the director of creative design studio Form & Seek or as director of Industrial Design program at Lawrence Technological University’s College of Architecture and Design. Here’s how she’s being creative at home.
DCDT: Where are working from these days?
NS: “I have a small home studio in my current apartment and these days I am glued to the chair. I have a short route between the kitchen and my studio, it makes things easier.”
DCDT: What’s the best part about working from home? The hardest?
NS: “I kickstarted my studio in my home-studio 8 years ago, since I traveled a lot and lived in many different cities - so I am actually very used to working remote and working from home. One benefit is there is no commute. You open your eyes and start working. It might get very productive. However, working from home also requires a lot of discipline. You should be able to motivate yourself to be able to wake up in the morning and also have the discipline to draw the line when you stop working. I used to work non-stop but over the years I manage to create a healthy balance. Now - due to the pandemic - being back home made me go back to my old routine.”
DCDT: What digital platforms are you using most at this time?
NS: “Email, Dropbox, Drive, Zoom, Slack... all of it. On top of online education, the rest of my team is located in Europe. So we use all the tools to make sure we are keeping up with the work.”
DCDT: What’s your favorite option for delivery or carry-out?
NS: “I might be the wrong person to ask this question. It has been 2 years that I have been living in the Detroit area and I never used any delivery services except Amazon. For home renovation, we have been using the curbside pickup with most of the stores.”
DCDT: How are you spending extra time?
NS: “I have been enjoying many new online events that I normally cannot go to since they are so far away. It seems like even though we are stuck inside everything is in our pockets. A few things I have been following: Creative Mornings globally switch all of their talks online; Adobe Summit recently became online. It is a very well known The digital experience conference and I have been also following Instagram live stories of @sightunseen where they interview designers and architects.”
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