BORNN was founded in 2015 by sisters Basak Onay and Oyku Thurston, who both have creative backgrounds. Born in Istanbul, the two sisters have lived in various parts of the world, exposing them to many cultures and their crafts. Inspired by the depth of skill and craftsmanship seen around the world and the techniques of traditional enamelware within their own hometown, BORNN is a brand that seeks to empower their community by combining contemporary design approaches with traditional enamelware techniques.
Each BORNN piece is hand crafted by master artisans in Istanbul, Turkey. Enamelware is a time honoured and time consuming skill that involves fusing glass onto heavy-gauge steel through the use of a kiln. Raw steel bodies are machine mulled or hand-formed, glazed and then kiln fired to create a smooth surface. When placing each piece into the kiln for firing, variations in colour intensity will result depending on where the piece is placed within the kiln, which guarantees a genuinely unique product each time.