Design Do was held at At-Tin studios in Mumbai on the 31st January 2014. The event which served as a barometer of Mumbai’s design conscience brought together a number of well-known design studios, contemporary designers and architects among others.
Nine architects and designers from the city featured their body of work; from furniture to ceramics “Design Do” was packed with expressions of contemporary creativity.
Design students who are new to the business got a chance to interact with established names. Finer nuances of good design and how innovative yet creative products can be devised using the right materials and correct techniques were some important points on the agenda.
The design studios who exhibited their body of work included Xheight, a multi disciplinary studio who put up furniture pieces on display. The furniture pieces which included a workstation table, bench and a chair was inspired from their days spent in transitory and rented spaces.
Designer Ajay Shah from Industrial Playground showcased an innovative table which works as a conference table, dining table or a workstation; including some chairs and benches all made in mild steel and powder coated with bright colours.
Papier-mache creations also found a space in this event, Whiteroom Studios displayed bar stools and lamps made from papier-mache, a material preferred owing to its versatility, durability and workability.
Other designers and design studios that were a part of the event included Fuchsia Lane, The Retyrement Plan, Anand Prabhusesai, ceramic artist Shalan Dere, Yashashri Telkar Shidhankar – a ceramic artist from Sir J.J. School of Arts, Jasem Pirani and Huzefa Rangwala of Muselab and Farzin Adenwala of Bombay Atelier.
In this eclectic gathering how could At-Tin be left behind? The studio displayed a visual allegory consisting of three different screens. The three screens in three different sizes and three different materials used the same motif repeatedly, reoriented to create visual magic. In spite of using the same motif the three screens looked distinctly different. The screens were made out of metal foil, another from MDF and the third from mild steel.
Apart from this the studio also displayed ‘nested tables’ which is a collaborative venture between Studio Eeksaurus and At-Tin. The tables explored the relationship between products and graphics where the graphic/design is contextually in sync with the product.
All said and done “Design Do” was a niche yet an outstanding design communion in a city which needs plenty more of such exchanges.