Abide Yildirim Yilmaz is maker-designer and founder of Uniqueria project. She has been interested in art and design through her life that made her path crossed with wood. She attended classes and many workshops with sculptors and woodworkers for years. After practicing her technique on wood and improving her skills, she built her own design studio in Istanbul, Turkey by 2016 . Born in Istanbul 1983, holding a corporate career of engineering beside her passion of wood design.
Abide’s work reflects uniqueness through the directness of the handmade process. Each piece is entirely unique and handmade, blessed to be realized within such a natural material; wood. Her approach to wood design is indigenous; an improvisation starts from cutting the wood into slices until it is revealed as an artwork. Woods used for her designs are collected as fallen from nature during her travels across the country, so every piece of wood has its own story reflecting the soul of the region it belongs to.
‘I feel very lucky to work with such a ‘live’ material derived from the nature..Wood is like a human being with its live vessels, with its own character, colors and grains. Wood calls the design, whispers what to create with it.’