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5 Questions for Sahil-Sarthak

Sarthak Sengupta and Sahil Bagga found kindred spirits in each other when they met in Milan in 2006 while pursuing a scholarship programme. The designers returned to India in 2009, and co-founded Sarthak Sahil Design, a studio that works across a wide range of design projects, from furniture to lifestyle products, graphics to brand communication, interiors to installations.

Tell us about your design studio.

We are a multi-disciplinary design studio specialising in product design, interior design, service design and graphic design. We believe in providing holistic design solutions to our clients. Therefore, we attend to product, service and system-based needs of projects.

What does design mean to you?

Design works as a framework charted out between six key coordinates. These include aesthetics and functionality, ethic and ecology, ethnicity and contemporary-ness. Society expects design to be a solution to a certain requirement. But for a designer, it’s also a mode of self-expression. A designer is basically creating and offering his art to others. Therefore, the responsibility towards a good design is that much more for a designer.

Tell us about your design philosophy.

We started work across many areas of design, but underlining all projects was a strong belief – that ethics, ethnicity and ecology can be interwoven with contemporary lifestyle. We aim to re-contextualise indigenous materials and traditional techniques, and work at customising products, furniture, lighting and installations through the innovative use of Indian craftsmanship and materials.

Who would you say has influenced you?

We find creative stimulation in the work of great maestros like Antonio Gaudi, Achile Castilione and Le Corbusier and contemporary designers Marcel Wanders and Fabio Novembre.

Tell us about some of your favourite pieces.

The Katran Chair from the Katran Collection – it’s out expression of beauty in frugality. The frame of the chair was made by a lohar (blacksmith) in a small town in Rajasthan, after which coloured pieces of cloth – the by-products of export houses from a nearby town – were woven into ropes by farmers and their wives seeking to make additional money between farming seasons. These ropes – also known as katran (numerous pieces of cloth) rope or the poor man’s rope – ensures green luxury furniture. The award-winning range includes Katran Chair Nuovo, Katran Pouf Nuovo and the Katran Dome Lamp.

Love Chair Multicolor awarded best product by India DEsign Forum 2013Love Chair Multicolor awarded best product by India DEsign Forum 2013

Also the colourful Choori Lamps, which find their inspiration in most Indian women’s habit of using clothes hangers to store their glass bangles in their wardrobes. The shape of the brass hanger is inspired by a jharokha, the window of a medieval Indian palace. The atmospheric light and shadows that a Choori lamp casts has made them extremely popular. The colour of the bangles can be changed and any gentle movement creates a soft jangling sound. The lamps can be used as single units or assembled together to create a striking lighting installation.

Jaipur Choori Lamp - Sahil & Sarthak

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