IRIS : STOOL
Client: in-house product development
Iris is a knock-down stool that achieves stability with its 3 interlocking legs. It does not use any additional hardware and the top can be created in different materials and finishes for versatility.
Client: Nalandaway Foundation
Nalandaway Foundation works extensively with children from marginalised backgrounds and helps them find their voice through visual and performing arts.
The storage and display unit is designed for their latest endeavour called ‘Fundango’. The kit, with its exciting treasure of art materials, musical instruments and books, is intended to be used in rural schools in Tamil Nadu.
The inspiration for the chosen concept was a Magician’s cabinet. The details were simple so as to minimise the need for carpenters at the location. The illustrations were screen printed.
Client: Tripura Bamboo Mission
El'bo is not just a piece but a system. This was developed as part of a craft project for Tripura Bamboo Mission. The tripod-stool from the series has been published in several design journals and exhibited in international design events.
El'bo uses heat-bent bamboo splits stuck back-to-back in order to maximise strength by using the strongest portion of the culm, its outer skin. ‘L’shaped components of equal bending radius and height are used for ease of production. The undersides are painted as a contrast feature. The stool has an astonishing strength for its lightweight structure and is easily stackable.
SOLID WOOD CARVED FURNITURE
Client: M.P. Hastashilp Evam Hathkargha Vikas Nigam Ltd.
Carving is a local craft of this region, practised mostly by women. The men work on the structural aspects of the product. The carved wood furniture needed a fresh looking into and was aimed at bringing new clientele to the M.P. Emporia.
The skill and materials are local to the region. The new look was achieved by keeping carving limited to a few members of the product and by combining other crafts like block prints and hand painting. A few dokra accessories and weaving with cotton nivar also made the pieces more interesting.
The school was designed by Playgroup Studio, led by Architect Harsh Patel. The building features many exciting spaces, patterns, and graphics for the young learners. We were approached with the task of designing furniture for the reading space.
The project required space layout and furniture design. This space is used by Junior students, therefore the furniture design had to cater to easy accessibility and pay extra attention to displaying the covers of books as much as the spines. The library was laid out to create two zones on either side of the book storage shelves. The length available for book storage was used efficiently by staggering the shelves, which also created an opportunity to graphically communicate the contents of each shelf.
Other-Wise is a branch of Freehand Studio that produces and sells children's furniture made with natural materials.
The introductory product range is a collection of swings for children of age 6 months onwards. The materials and processes are limited to working with wood, rope and fabric to create logistically simple products and employ locally situated skilled workers.