Sep 24 2018
Imperfection and work
Written by Sugandha Das. Photos by Shivani Dogra The art of storytelling can be found in more than just words on paper; it is found in conversations wrapped in camaraderie, in interiors steeped in meaning and tradition and in the handwork of remote communities —all fragmented pieces of history and life that come together to form the spaces we inhabit—a living room, a bedroom, a lounge or even perhaps an office cabin. At the core of the inspiration of the work we do, is the outdoors, the people and glorious visual & handmade traditions of India-- from the mist-drenched isolation of the mountains to the bright laterite bricks of a coastal Indian bus stop; from the grey- green, warm mustard and the deep coral of the stones found locally—all unique in their identity in texture and colour to the sheer simplicity of hand-spun yarn; from the grainy, uneven feel of handmade paper to the stories of trees held within different types of wood. Each of these allows us to create interiors that tell tales of emotion, history and people. Hemingway said, “The world breaks everyone, then some become strong at the broken places”-- a reminder to us of the interiors of older homes— when the mason's craft and heart connected to bring forth meaningful design, where art pieces told a story of nuanced emotions, family heirlooms stood the test of time and came forth as stories that brought meaning to the rooms they occupied. Here too, lie our muses-- the beauty in spaces and details that are frayed, slightly broken, a little incomplete and not cosmetically perfect-- just human. We aim to bring to the interiors we create , the natural order of things—the Kintsugi of design. Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing cracks in porcelain with gold to signify transformation—that scars beautify the object. It is a silent and manifest art that brings depth to an object and it is this elegant, silent appreciation of the worn, the resilient and the handmade that we hope defines our work.