Ayse Birsel learned a "no-nonsense" approach to design while in school; that approach assisted as she collaborated to design Herman Miller's Overlay system.
Ayse Birsel was born in Turkey, a land of contrasts. Birsel and her designs are combinations of contrasting points of view. Like her homeland, where thoroughly modern ideas and practices exist side-by-side with centuries-old structures and customs, Birsel’s designs make everything work. Born in the port city of Izmir, the Turkish name for Smyrna, a town more than 2,000 years old, Birsel absorbed a Mediterranean cosmopolitanism.