Ayse Birsel

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Ayse Birsel
Izmir, Turkey
Alma materMiddle East Technical University
Pratt Institute
Known forDesigner, Author

Ayse Birsel (born 1964) is an industrial designer and author,[1] best known for her design work with Herman Miller.[2]


Ayse Birsel was born in Izmir, Turkey. Birsel received her undergraduate degree in Industrial Design at Middle East Technical University (METU).[3]

Birsel came to New York City in 1986 to attend Pratt Institute on a Fulbright Scholarship and graduated in 1989 with a master's degree in Design.[4]

Birsel married Bibi Seck in 2004. They have two daughters, one son, and live in New York.


Birsel started her career by collaborating with Bruce Hannah and American contract furnishing company Knoll to design the Orchestra desk accessories collection.[5]

Birsel then worked with the Japanese sanitaryware company TOTO in Tokyo designing the first American introduced washlet (a combination toilet seat and bidet). The Zoë Washlet won numerous design awards including ID Magazine’s Gold Award in 1996.[6]

Upon her return to New York in 1993, Birsel began her own product design studio, Olive 1:1.[7] The studio evolved into a design and innovation studio called Birsel+Seck that she currently runs with partner, Bibi Seck.[8]

In 2015 Birsel authored a book titled Design the Life You Love, with Penguin Random House. The book shares Birsel's design process to help people design their life and work respectively.[9]

Birsel is also a frequent speaker on human-centered design, giving talks at TEDx in Cannes[10] and Design Indaba in Cape Town.[11]


  • Zoë Washlet (TOTO, 1993)[12]
  • Resolve System (Herman Miller, 2009)[13]
  • Design the Life You Love (Penguin Books, 2015)[14]


  1. ^ Design the Life You Love by Ayse Birsel | PenguinRandomHouse.com.
  2. ^ "Ayse Birsel". www.hermanmiller.com. Retrieved 2017-10-02.
  3. ^ "Ayse Birsel". www.hermanmiller.com. Retrieved 2017-10-06.
  4. ^ "Ayse Birsel, IDSA". Industrial Designers Society of America - IDSA. 2017-04-05. Retrieved 2017-10-06.
  5. ^ "Orchestra | Knoll". Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  6. ^ "Pratt Institute". www.pratt.edu. Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  7. ^ Byars, Mel (2004-01-01). The Design Encyclopedia. L. King Pub. ISBN 9780870700125.
  8. ^ "About Us - Birsel + Seck". www.birselplusseck.com. Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  9. ^ Design the Life You Love by Ayse Birsel | PenguinRandomHouse.com.
  10. ^ TEDx Talks (2017-09-21), If your life is your biggest project, why not design it? | Ayse Birsel | TEDxCannes, retrieved 2017-10-03
  11. ^ Ayse Birsel on designing a meaningful future for yourself | Design Indaba, retrieved 2017-10-03
  12. ^ "Pratt Institute". www.pratt.edu. Retrieved 2017-10-02.
  13. ^ "Resolve - Office Furniture System - Herman Miller". www.hermanmiller.com. Retrieved 2017-10-02.
  14. ^ Ayse., Birsel,. Design the life you love : a step-by-step guide to building a meaningful. Berkeley. ISBN 9781607748816. OCLC 900594548.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)

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