İzmir Design Factory


İzmir Design Factory

İzmir Design Factory

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The aim of the project “İzmir Design Factory” is to establish Turkey’s first international design center associated with universities, private sector, professional chambers, and non-governmental organizations.

İzmir Design Factory- IDF will establish in İzmir to advance knowledge and nurture leaders and innovators to anticipate, serve or solve societal and economic needs, through an integrated interdisciplinary education program, focused on developing the skills required by an ever-changing world and determined to co-create new knowledge and innovation with societal stakeholders.

The center to be built within Originn Co-working, Turkey’s one of the largest co-working area, will focus on “ fashion, interior design, service design, and food design and design thinking“ by utilizing the local capacity and needs of Izmir. The young people who will participate in the certified and accredited vocational education programs to be established within the scope of the center will first intern at the Porto Design Factory in Porto, one of the biggest design centers of the EU.

These young people will then work in teams on design and innovation-based work to be taken from firms in Turkey and Europe, especially in Izmir, and develop innovative solutions. IDF, which will provide R&D support to corporate firms and SMEs, will enable the young people to gain business and career experience by allowing them to work directly in international teams.

The İzmir Design Factory project will achieve the results, which are clearly defined with its strong local and transnational partnership structure, innovative approach, and model.

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173.748 €

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26.262 €


Originn Ofis Hizmetleri ve İşletmeciliği Ltd. Şti. – Turkey


Erasmus+ Programme- Key Action 2- Strategic Partnerships for Youth




  • Yaşar University – Turkey
  • Ege Sanayicileri ve İş İnsanları Derneği (ESİAD) – Turkey,
  • Consorzio Materahub Industrie Culturali e Creative – Italy,
  • Instituto Politecnico do Porto – Portugal

Institutional Project Coordinator

Başak KAFTAN,  Knowledge & Technology Transfer Office