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As a job profile of finding designers whose work stands the test of time, I get swept away to the far flung corners of the globe (mostly thanks to the internet). It blows my mind to see such fabulous work taking place in all shapes and sizes that I feel I have only just started.

For some time now, the subject of bringing “newness” in production, material and concept in design for home and living has been hovering around the edge of my thoughts .
With this blog (and others in series hopefully), I want to initiate a dialogue with like minded people out there.
While in this feature I have focused on objects and architecture, I am keen to explore food, culture and lifestyle.

We are constantly bombarded by innovation and trends in modern technology made for human experience like the next big mobile phone, or television or user experience on social media (lets not forget games!)

But wait a minute, I am talking about the “low tech-human- sometimes handmade- a lot of the time machine made-physical- product design” kind of innovation.
Innovation in products for interiors, home, furniture and so on so forth (you get my drift by now).

Manuela 1 @ innovation blog

 

Maneula 2

Design- Botia Nest food containers, Designers- Manuela Yamada & Natalia Chaves
Material- Manioc flour and coconut fibre
Link — ( http://designedtohelp.tumblr.com/post/68355095880/botiá-nests-for-food-by-manuela-yamada-and)

So I started a research knowing not where it might lead me? I just kept an open mind. Some designer/makers are using natural materials, while others are working on using materials which are either by-products or discarded altogether. Then there are some who use industrial techniques to design mind boggling products one would have not thought of indulging in, ever  and yet others who focus on creating finesse through their hands.

This blog will be more visual then narrative. I have hand picked a collection of works and designers whom I felt connected to the line of thought immediately. I am pretty sure there are many many designers/makers and creators out there I have yet to explore. But hey, this is just the beginning.
So here it is.

 
              Jigisha Patel 2Jigisha Patel felt 1

Jigisha Patel-
Product- felt rugs made from pure merino wool. Each rug is handmade by layering tufts of Merino wool felt and the design is created gradually, painstakingly. Talk about handmade perfection.
image link- http://jigishapatel.blogspot.co.uk

Michelle BaggermanMichelle Baggerman

Michelle Baggerman: To think one can make yarn out of reused plastic bags into most elegant and delicate fabric. I am smitten and will surely further explore this designer and her work.
Precious waste-innovative textile made from used plastic bags which are spun into yards.
link- http://www.bureaubaggerman.nl/precious-waste.html

Hilla Shamia 2  HIlla Shamia 1

Design process- Wood casting
Designer-Hilla Shamia
Product- Exceptional furniture made from wood and cast aluminium.                                                                                                            http://link- http://www.hillashamia.com/?/projects/wood/

Sangaru 2

Sandeep Sangaru- truss me collection- use of Bamboo’s high tensile strength to create an attractive, strong and lightweight system which can be repeated to create furniture.
http://link- www.sangaru.com

 

Benjamin Hubert

Design- Float
Designer- Benjamin Hubert
Product- lamps made from agglomerate cork blocks constructed from the waste product from wine stopper manufacture and the production of the lamps themselves.
Image link-http://layerdesign.com/projects/float/

Agni Jata  Agni Jata 2jpg

Agni Jatha- a clay house built in Auroville (South India) as one of its kind in the world by Ray Meeker
Watch the film on Agni Jata here- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeG32VwCwnE

Since I was a young student of Sculpture, I was quiet fascinated by the concept of this Clay house, aptly called Agni Jata. A house built completely of clay and then fired from within, like a wood fire kiln. The structure was used like a hollow kiln, which was loaded with unfired objects and then wood was used to fire the inside of the structure. Till date I envy all those who were a part of this fascinating project!

Dharavi museum

Physical space- Design Museum Dharavi
A social enterprise breaking the norms of society and its perception.
link- http://www.designmuseumdharavi.org/Design_Museum_Dharavi/Dharavi.html

And lastly (atleast for this blog), I recently came across this rather innovative ongoing project in Dharavi (Mumbai, India). The whole concept is to get local makers and craftsmen involved in creating something special. This project is bringing a whole new focus on Dharavi as a design destination, break its stereotype of being just a slum.

I welcome your thoughts and comments.

Enjoy the post.
Vallari

Note- images are courtesy of internet. Links to each of the designer is provided in their description.

 

 

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