Designer Faruk Malhan founded Koleksiyon in a small metal workshop at the OSTIM Industrial Estate in Ankara.
Koleksiyon began producing wood and upholstery, the core elements of furnishings, with the founding of the Mastaş Wood Production Facilities in Ankara and the Panda Upholstery Production Facilities in Istanbul. The company also began metal production at this time.
In stores in Ankara (Kavaklıdere), and Istanbul (Nişantaşı), Koleksiyon introduces authentic, high-quality products, designed with a point-of-view focused on aesthetics, form and function. These concepts of design found an appreciative audience in the 1980s in Turkey and many individuals and institutions began furnishing their homes and offices with Koleksiyon products. Interest in designed furniture increases and concepts like user-friendliness, comfort and authenticity gain importance.
With a wide product range and growing demand, Koleksiyon centralizes all production facilities. Anticipating the needs of the 21st century, Koleksiyon makes greater investments to incorporate more technology, with a new 161,500 square foot factory, covering a total area of 925,700 square feet in Tekirdağ. The investments line up with advancing information technologies, providing employment for 400 people in Tekirdağ and making a significant contribution to Turkey’s economy.
In addition to its stores in central Ankara and Istanbul, Koleksiyon aims to set up integrated display stores to present a wider range of products and to increase the quality of services. For this purpose, Koleksiyon buys a 430,560 square foot area in Büyükdere, Istanbul, where an abandoned and decrepit crane factory is located. Koleksiyon undertakes extensive renovations to turn the factory into a sales center. To distinguish both the interior and exterior environments of the sales center, a small forest of pine, spruce, fir, walnut and oak trees is created. Koleksiyon begins displaying products of famous international designers, along with its own authentic designs in the center, with architectural solutions sometimes adapted from older structures. The first large store concept brings an integrated approach to design and décor.
Koleksiyon attends Orgatec 1994, one of the world’s largest contract furniture trade fairs.
Koleksiyon begins manufacturing kitchens that reflect the changing aesthetic values in contemporary culture. Doors combining craftsmanship with technology are manufactured.
The Turkish Ministry of Environment and Forestry rewards Koleksiyon with the “Environment Certificate”, an honor bestowed upon organizations who exhibit cultural values and practices that protect the environment.
At the beginning of the 21st century, Koleksiyon launches an approach to design that synthesizes modern concepts, new standards, and contemporary thinking to create imaginative top quality furnishings and designs; moving away from a more industrialized approach.
Koleksiyon expands the factory’s indoor facilities to 366,000 square feet. The entire campus area remains at 925,700 square feet in Tekirdağ.
Koleksiyon’s product collections gradually expand, as product lines begin to establish their own notoriety within Koleksiyon Holdings. The manufacturer begins its focus on the new working culture of the 21st century and its impact on offices and their employees under a newly launched brand focus, Koleksiyon Contract & Office. Koleksiyon Home is launched as the new home living design brand.
Koleksiyon invests 6 million Euros and activates a fully automated CNC controlled production line in the Tekirdağ factory. The newly revitalized production line is designed with the latest technology making it possible to produce 12 times the normal rate of panel furniture per minute of production.
Koleksiyon also opens an 8,000 square foot flagship store at Clerkenwell, the creative heart of London where many internationally renowned brands have established locations.
Koleksiyon launches its “co-creation” theme for office and workplace design at Orgatec, the world’s largest furniture fair, in Cologne, Germany.
Koleksiyon opens a new store in Bogota, Colombia, introducing the Koleksiyon brand and collection to the South American market for the first time. This bold move also made Koleksiyon the first Turkish contract furniture brand in the continent.
In the same year, Koleksiyon participated in the Super Brands Fair in London and the IIDEX/NeoCon® Furniture Fair in Toronto, Canada as the only participant from Turkey.
Koleksiyon Home launches a new design theme inspired by the Mesopotamia region called “Our Home” and is received with great interest and enthusiasm.
In its twentieth year participating in Orgatec, the world’s most important office furniture fair, Koleksiyon launches a series of designs for the evolving workplace inspired by the “Open Work” theme.
The new office collections inspired by the “Open Work” theme, launched at Orgatec the year before, are introduced to the Turkish market.
For the first time, the Koleksiyon brand was launched in the USA at NeoCon®, North America’s largest contract furniture show, held in Chicago each year.
Koleksiyon opened a flagship store in New York, its first step in expanding the reach of the brand in the US market. In addition, Koleksiyon moved its Ankara headquarters from Kavaklıdere to the Çayyolu region.