Upcycled-Saree Collection Furniture by Avni Sejpal

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Upcycled-Saree Collection

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Furniture

INSPIRATION:
There is a lot of textile waste that ends up in landfills. The Indian 'Saree' is a rich heirloom piece of textile that is a staple for all Indian women. But often due to minor wear and tear and stains is discarded. The idea was to revive this textile and creating a context for the seating piece and weave a narrative along with the piece of furniture.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
he upcycled and sustainable collection of textile stools and poufs is made converting old and discarded silk Sarees – bright and vivid draped garment worn by Indian women all across India, into sculptural seating options such as poufs, ottomans, stools, benches, chairs and various accessories, pairing it with locally found Indian varieties of wood. The Royal Indian Turban – Pagri stool series is inspired from the draping techniques of the Indian turban worn by men in several styles, specific to the wearer’s region or religion, and they vary in shape, size and color. The Pagri is a symbol of honor and respect. The Saree pom pom stool and pouf series is yet another whimsical textural take inspired from the various traditional garments and accessories worn across many regions of India, manipulating different indigenous texture techniques. The result is a vibrant 3D tactile series that livens up any indoor space. The Bindi Dot stool and pouf series is inspired from colorful Bindis that Indian women adorn on their foreheads. Bindi is a facial adornment placed between the eyebrows - the sixth Chakra, the seat of concealed wisdom. The resultant polka dot pattern is a vibrant graphical representation using tactile textures created from discarded silk sarees on to linen. The Chamki series meaning bling takes reference from the sparkly sarees worn by Indian women during special occasions and festivities. This series also uses various hair braiding and styling techniques used by Indian women for different hairdos and imbibe them in weaving different sarees to form various seating options. The upcycled saree series are unique series of products that have been meticulously handcrafted. Hence, no two pieces will be alike. All wooden stools and benches are on screws and can be flat packed. All poufs come with a zipper closure for easier maintenance. Materials: Shell: 100% Linen and up cycled silk sarees Stuffing: 100% natural cotton Wood: Mango/ Acacia

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The upcycled saree series are unique series of products that have been meticulously handcrafted. Hence, no two pieces will be alike. All wooden stools and benches are on screws and can be flat packed. All poufs come with a zipper closure for easier maintenance.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in November 2012 and evolved till April 2014 in to a series of concepts and products. The first series was exhibited in Ventura Lambrate - Milan Design Week 2013. The second series was exhibited in Salone Satellite 2014 and Wanted Design, New York Design Week 2014.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The upcycled saree series are unique series of products that have been meticulously handcrafted. Hence, no two pieces will be alike. All wooden stools and benches are on screws and can be flat packed. All poufs come with a zipper closure for easier maintenance.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Pompom stool: Diameter 350mm x Height 500mm (Shell: Upcycled silk sarees, Wood: Mango wood or Acacia wood - Sheesham wood) Pompom pouf: Diameter 450mm x Height 375mm (Shell: 100% Linen and upcycled silk sarees, Filler: 100% cotton) Pafri Stool: Diameter 350mm x Height 500mm (Shell: Upcycled silk sarees, Wood: Mango wood or Acacia wood - Sheesham wood) Pagri Pouf: Diameter 500mm x Height 425mm (Shell: 100% Linen and upcycled silk sarees, Filler: 100% cotton)

TAGS:
Upcycled textiles, flat packed, locally available wood

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The upcycled and sustainable collection of textile stools and poufs is made converting old and discarded silk Sarees – bright and vivid draped garment worn by Indian women all across India, into sculptural seating options such as poufs, ottomans, stools, benches, chairs and various accessories, pairing it with locally found Indian varieties of wood. The Royal Indian Turban – Pagri stool series is inspired from the draping techniques of the Indian turban worn by men in several styles, specific to the wearer’s region or religion, and they vary in shape, size and color. The Pagri is a symbol of honor and respect. The Saree pom pom stool and pouf series is yet another whimsical textural take inspired from the various traditional garments and accessories worn across many regions of India, manipulating different indigenous texture techniques. The result is a vibrant 3D tactile series that livens up any indoor space. The Bindi Dot stool and pouf series is inspired from colorful Bindis that Indian women adorn on their foreheads. Bindi is a facial adornment placed between the eyebrows - the sixth Chakra, the seat of concealed wisdom. The resultant polka dot pattern is a vibrant graphical representation using tactile textures created from discarded silk sarees on to linen. The upcycled saree series are unique series of products that have been meticulously handcrafted. Hence, no two pieces will be alike. All wooden stools and benches are on screws and can be flat packed. All poufs come with a zipper closure for easier maintenance.

CHALLENGE:
The challenge was to create a sensorial experience using various handcrafted techniques akin to Indian handicrafts and legacy. The concept was to support a cradle to cradle design approach and to give a new lease of life to the discarded textile. Specifically for Pompom poufs, the idea was to use the entire length of the used fabric without leaving any scrap of the rich discarded textile. This specific pouf visually shows various parts of the textile used for the body of the pouf.

ADDED DATE:
2014-09-01 14:13:21

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Avni Sejpal

IMAGE CREDITS:
Avni Sejpal

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Studio Avni

PROFILE:
Profile: Studio Avni is a multidisciplinary design studio offering bespoke 3D textiles, furniture, lights and products using unconventional materials. Headed by Architect and Designer Avni, the studio explores a wide spectrum of design innovations through research and tactile manipulation of organic shapes and geometric patterns. Avni Sejpal is a trained architect and a passionate designer, hailing from a textile family and educated at Chelsea College of Art & Design, London with a MA in Environmental Design (Majors in Furniture, Public Art and Graphics). She has over 8 years experience domestically and internationally in the industry, with stints in the world of Interiors, Furniture, Fashion and Graphic Design, she returned to Mumbai, India to open her own studio in 2011. Avni works in an intuitive way with a variety of materials and techniques. Bold and vivid use of color, patterns and structural integrity is a constant feature in all her works. She is also curious with the idea of role reversal of materials wherein soft fabrics are so designed to have a structure and form and strong and hard materials such as metal are designed to have a fluid, ephemeral quality. Her style and work is an amalgamation of Architecture fundamentals and Textile curiosity. Embracing honest design, Studio Avni endeavors to produce exceptional products that convey quality and originality throughout each of the collections. Studio Avni specializes in producing large-scale sculptural textile, metal and perspex artworks for public spaces, corporate environments, exhibitions and private homes. These can be commissioned directly from the studio.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Upcycled-Saree Collection Furniture by Avni Sejpal is a Nominee in Sustainable Products, Projects and Green Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Upcycled-Saree Collection Furniture by Avni Sejpal is Winner in Sustainable Products, Projects and Green Design Category, 2014 - 2015.



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