Erdem Akan, born in 1973, has proven to be one of the most energetic proponents of Turkish design. His prolific creations include interiors, products and exhibition designs that offer a synthesis of East and West, traditional and contemporary, reflecting the twin influences of his Istanbul upbringing and a design education in the U.K. Attracted by the purity of Scandinavian design, Akan’s imagination also remains at home in Turkey, where “nothing is straight, not even the streets.” And so he invokes both in his work. Designing for Nude since its inception,. he tends to create products as if for himself, while at the same time aligning them with the brand’s philosophy of contemporary simplicity. Neither nostalgic nor futuristic, Akan is instead always creating products for “the right now”.