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From concept to concrete.


Aparat is a Bay Area-based design studio and workshop, developing and producing your designs as well as ours. 


Aparat offers an array of design, fabrication, creative direction and consulting services.


We design and build environments, custom furniture, fixtures and finishes, specializing in bespoke functions, forms, materials and mechanisms. 

Imagining, Problem-Solving, Building


When director Alper Böler moved from Istanbul to the Bay Area, he realized that fabrication, industrial or artisanal, cannot be done here with the same immediacy and collaboration. In Istanbul, he was able to stand beside craftsmen in their workshops to produce custom work—ankle-deep in wood shavings or dusted with metal powder. Aparat is a collaborative way to unite knowledge of production with design skills, and material problem-solving with creative insight.

Expertise & Experience


Alper is an industrial and interior designer and a veteran of CAD and Viz software with a range of hands-on engineering, prototyping, materials, and building experience. Just as important, years of working with diverse makers has taught him to listen closely and communicate clearly.

Artisanry, Not Assembly


Aparat can find and tap the most appropriate resources, human or machine, for your project. In the San Rafael workshop, we can turn many materials into custom pieces. But we're also in contact with a network of workshops and factories in Turkey and elsewhere with stores of knowledge and skills sometimes passed down through generations. This enables us to work with a broad range of materials and techniques, from upholstery, blown glass and cast bronze to milled brass and carved marble.

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