Tanju Özelgin was born in Istanbul in 1962. In 1987, he graduated from Marmara University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Industrial Design. In 1987, he established his own design office, Scala Design, and designed and implemented fair stands, yachts, showrooms, residences, offices, special promotion nights, furniture and industrial products in Scala Design between 1987-1996.
He founded Bright Red in 1996. He has designed industrial products, digital and video graphics, and provided interior architecture project and application services.
Since 2005, he has been working on industrial product design and interior design projects within TO (Tanju Özelgin Studio).
Tanju Özelgin has been teaching and project consultancy activities since 1988. He is a jury member, exhibition participant and workshop manager in many competitions.