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Aysun Aytac completed her doctoral education at Istanbul Technical University, Turkey in July 2015. Her thesis, titled Appropriation of the Bathroom in Everyday Life: Towards a Cultural Analysis of the Contemporary Bathroom and its Elements in Turkey, analyses the domestic bathroom through its appropriation in everyday life. With an exploratory qualitative approach and ethnographical focus, the study finds out the types of appropriations employed in the bathroom with their influencing factors. It provides an insight into the use, organisation and experience of the domestic bathroom.
This study focuses on the appropriations in the bathroom space since they are important in that they help users to turn a space into a place, which reveals the interactions between users and the space/artefacts. They uncover the creativity of the users, reflect users’ identities or show how they intervene their environment to meet their needs. These interactions are important for design discipline because placing the user and his/her experiences in the centre of design research enables a better understanding of people, their values, lifestyles thus of society, which in the end could provide a better product/service development processes.
 Appropriation is one of the ways to negotiate the sets of rules, systems, structures and spaces in everyday life, besides improvisation, making up and making do. Paterson, M. (2006). Consumption and everyday life. London: Routledge.
Aysun Aytac is a designer, researcher and educator holding a PhD, master’s and bachelor’s degree in industrial design. She joined the Competence Center Design & Management research team in April 2020. Prior to joining the CC D&M, she was a design educator and researcher at the Department of Industrial Design, Izmir Institute of Technology, Turkey. Her research interests are material culture, visual culture, visual ethnograpy, everyday life, culture & design, everyday life creativity, objects as cultural products, design thinking and design education.