A product and furniture designer, Alper Böler was born in Istanbul in 1975. After graduating from the Industrial Design Department of Marmara University, he worked at various furniture and interior design companies. He cofounded Ünal & Böler Studio in 2000. In 2006, Ünal & Böler presented international works, including three visits to Milan’s Salone Satellites. Apart from Designersblock London, Ünal & Böler participated in the Stylepark in Residence Exhibition in Cologne, Designersblock Frankfurt, Blickfang Stuttgart and Blickfang Wien.
Ünal & Böler’s Petek (Honeycomb) bookshelf was included in Wallpaper magazine’s Global Edit exhibit and earned the Gioia Casa Best 100 design award.
Their Salkım (Bunch) book hanger was honored by Vienna’s MAK Museum of Applied & Contemporary Art and is still on sale at the museum store. Salkım is also sold at the museum shop of Istanbul Modern.
Alper Böler founded Alper Böler Design in 2008. His debut collection, called Housework: Design Domesticated was launched at the May 2009 New York Design Week.
Böler’s work was published internationally in magazines like Wallpaper, Abitare, Interni, I.D., Frame and Surface, as well as the best design evaluation books, Desire, Furnish and Kelvin, published by the Berlin based Gestalten. Böler won second place at the British Council’s International Young Design Entrepreneur Competition by jury or local and international design experts, including London designer Ron Arad in December 2008.
On May 2009, Böler was invited as a guest speaker on the subject of Culture and Memory in Design” to Parsons the New School of Design in New York. Böler produced a trade fair stands for the Istanbul Fashion Designers’ Foundation and Galatamoda Alaçatı, as well as reception and retail environments for MARS Athletic Club g-mall division, under his own name.
Nurus selected the studio’s Sema (a Sufi ceremony) coffee table for inclusion in its contemporary Turkish design exhibit Ilk in Milano in Zona Tortona’s premier satellite venue, Superstudio Piu. Sema was subsequently awarded the IF Design Award 2009.