Coming from a family where designing jewellery is a daily affair, design is something I inherited and grew up with.
Creativity is something that I thank my genes for. The thought and ideation of picking up something that may be nothing to look at, work on it and create something that is aesthetically pleasing as well as functional, has been a big inspiration in my life, not only as a designer, but also as a person.
Design is a very personal and a very intimate thing, a lot of heart and soul goes into every single piece- so it is a reflection of one’s own self.
Design, is something that fascinates, excites and attracts me. We don’t even tend to think about it, but design is an integral part of every single moment in our lives, be it the clothes we wear, or the car we drive or even the computer we use, design is involved in everything around us, and it makes me happy to think that I am a part of providing this basic design into people’s lives. This thought inspires me every single day and rekindles my love for design.
The one piece that has really affected my design sensibilities is a chair created by the Brazilian designer duo, Fernando and Humberto Campana, in 2003. Known as the Favela chair, it is made out of the same wood used to create the ‘favelas’ or the Brazilian Slum houses.
Individuality is something that is a very important part of my design philosophy.
Any space, and the furniture within that space, should reflect the (personality of the) end user. Since no two people are alike, no two people’s furniture should be alike either, however most of us nowadays seem to purchase the regular furniture ‘off the rack’, as if buying clothes.
I felt that this was compromising the true essence of spatial and interior design. Since this is not a phenomenon I was comfortable with, I founded Eb+D Design in 2010.
As a design firm we not only offer the service of providing beautiful and well-made furniture but are also passionate about indulging our clients with personalized design solutions. Our designs strive to recreate the individuality of the user in the space and products we design.
One of my latest concepts is to work with glass. Glass is actually a very delicate material, but at the same time, it has incredible strength. Tying glass with my core design ideology, nature, I have this concept of creating a chair, entirely of glass (moulded into the form), where the back represents a drop of water.
The entire piece was created keeping the concept of several different drops of water, meeting together to create a water body, which is represented by the solid glass seat and base of the chair.
My latest collection is inspired by the natural beauty in the world around us. It is all about retaining the untainted beauty of natural materials and emphasising on their true textures and colours.
It reflects the meeting of two very different thought processes and lifestyles and brings together different elements like raw wood and metal. It emphasizes the juxtaposition of textures of the materials, of the meeting of the old with the new; thereby uniting tradition with modernity.
My work is still growing, just as I am still growing, as a designer, as a person. I get excited thinking about what life has in store for me and my work, as I feel, that my work reflects me as a person, as a designer and me as a whole.
I hope, dream and aspire to be successful; but success as a designer doesn’t only mean being widely known and making lots of money. For me, success means being happy with my creations and being true to who I am as a designer. So far, success has been within my grasp, I hope I manage to achieve it too.
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