“I wanted in my own small way, to be the change I longed to see.” says Anu Tandon Viera, who lives by her motto of living green. Having worked on a range of market driven projects for over 25 years, Anu Tandon Viera started feeling the need to use her experience and expertise in making a difference to the environment as well. ‘The Retyrement Plan’ was thus born.
The idea behind The Retyrement Plan is to utilise materials that are not considered beautiful or exclusive, in the classic sense, and convert them into products that are well designed, appealing and above all can in some way, incorporate the waste that is generated by so many industries all around us.
Anu has an hands-on approach and designs alongside weavers, printers and other craftsmen to give form to a concept. The materials used are all either recycled or sustainable. Working with a dusty, well used tyre and employing the same detail to design that one would with a piece of expensive raw material, is the way she approaches each piece. The tyres are washed, sanitised and then only worked upon. The ropes made out of recycled tailoring waste or plastic wrapper waste are carefully coordinated to be woven into weaves that are durable and will come together in a cohesive manner to result in a unique and well detailed product.
Anu has been exploring ways of combining skill sets that have not been explored before. Combining crochet skills to upcycle saree scrap into home furnishings, using printing waste to make lamps, and converting political flex hoardings into bags and wallets are some of her ongoing projects.
The Retyrement Plan collection includes various furniture items like pouffes, all weather ottomans, occasional chairs and tables made from well-traveled tyres, salvaged fabrics and reclaimed wood and bamboo. The price range for this furniture varies from Rs. 6,000 to Rs. 20,000.