Sugandh and I went to NIFT and Symbiosis Design respectively, and worked together at a metal exports firm for a few years. We learnt a lot about design, art and architecture from our experience there. We quit to venture into different materials. He started working with wood, while I started to learn pottery.
We met after a few months and decided to combine our knowledge of different materials and start Objectry. The idea was to work with whatever material we could get our hands on. The name ‘Objectry’ came about after a lot of brain racking – the art of making objects. Like the art of making pots is pottery, the process of working with chemicals is chemistry.
Since all our products are handmade, we learn and grasp a great deal of knowledge from our carpenter. A two-sided learning experience takes place while working with the artisan. Whereby he educates us about the skill and technique, the limitations of a material and its potential and we expose him to aesthetic, design and joinery details.
Our first collection called ‘experiment 1’ was launched in October 2015. It was so named, because that was the first time either of us had worked in wood. The collection consists of tabletop accessories, photo frames, clocks and more. All the designs that we created lent impeccably to the material that wood is. Since most designs were ‘form’ based, they were beautifully ornamented by the pattern of the wooden grains.
The things that inspire us come from all sorts of places ranging from modern art to fashion. We observe small details in architecture and try to implement them in our products. Which is why when one sees the design, they usually come back to look at it for a second longer to notice the chamfers, joints, pattern of the grains, etc.
The Beehive bowl for example, creates a pattern of the grain because of its joinery. Similarly, Parallel Lines coaster has its lines grooved according to the direction of the grains.
The idea of reducing things down to the essential, in a design, is something we believe in. Our brick box eliminates the need for a knob, as the chamfers create a grip to open the box comfortably.
With Objectry, we also wanted to introduce a different aesthetic to the Indian market that we see internationally but are hesitant to bring into our homes. We try to make basic products of daily utility, interesting. A simple bowl kept on the table that turns into a conversation starter, or a chest of drawers that amplifies the look of a space. Our O-ve Desk Organiser is one such product that cannot go unnoticed on a desk.
Having worked with wood for a few months, we’re now extending our catalog to add bigger pieces such as stools, tables, chairs etc. We’re also working on a project for an interior retail space.
We are actively working towards adding materials to our catalog. Ceramics is something that will be included soon, followed by metal and stone. In the future we hope to work with a lot more unconventional materials. We wish to, at some point, work with rubber, charcoal and even chocolate.
Text By Aanchal Goel and Sugandh Kumar