ALCHEMISTS OF WOOD
GoodHomes|August 2020
To them, wood is more than just a material...it’s a religion. Introducing the young wood makers of India and their inspiring body of work
NOEL D'SOUZA

It can be edgy, and just as easily, lend warmth. In its natural form, a log of wood is as beautiful as a wonderfully-sculpted piece of art. In the right hands, wood transforms. This artisanal pairing of wood and dextirity is an eternal one. We salute the revivalists who make it a point to understand the innate nature of the material and keep the amazing block of wood at the forefront of what they do. Here’s introducing to you the young woodmakers of India.

NISHITA KAMDAR

Designer & Co-founder, POD

Founded by architects Nishita Kamdar of the namesake design studio and Veeram Shah, POD (Pieces of Desire) is an avant-garde collaboration that focuses on artisanal, bespoke and handcrafted pieces of furniture. POD stands out for its exceptional wooden designs, as Nishita says, “Wood is so versatile...it’s moldable, bendable and easy to craft. We use only reclaimed Valsadi Teak Wood, to ensure there is no harm to the environment from our end. Black, contrasted by the starkness of brass and the earthiness of rattan, juxtaposes materials for us.”

WHAT WE DESIGN IS NOT MERELY TO PLEASE THE EYE BUT TO EVOKE AN EMOTION, A RESPONSE TO THE SHAPES, MATERIALS, TEXTURES AND COLOURS.

— Nishita Kamdar, Designer & Co-founder, POD

PRITIKA SINGH

Founder, MOHH

“Our approach to wood has been two-folded: To use it to create classic, minimal pieces which are adaptable to a multitude of tastes, homes and interiors. Secondly, to play around with different materials used in conjunction or on wood, adapting and complementing wood with different styles, patterns, shapes and even print so that the end result is a fresh, new design,”says Pritika Singh, Founder, MOHH. She is a firm believer of the versatility of wood and that its durable nature gives furniture a timeless quality and brings an immense sense of warmth when used in your home.

OUR PRODUCTS HAVE ZERO PLASTIC. SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS LIKE BAMBOO AND JUTE ARE USED IN SYNC WITH WOOD TO MINIMISE & REPURPOSE WASTE TO ELABORATE ON DESIGNS.

— Pritika Singh, Founder, MOHH

REBECCA REUBENS

Founder-Principal Designer, RHIZOME

Rebecca Reubens, Founder- Principal Designer, RHIZOME, fell in love with the versatility of bamboo almost two years back. From then to now, she’s been on a quest to mainstream this humble material. “Bamboo is a lightweight material which is easily and traditionally crafted by a lot of marginalized factions - women, indigenous people, and the economically poor. Through the design of bamboo products which provide livelihoods for these people, designers can be orchestrators of social, cultural and economic sustainability alongside ecological sustainability.”

BAMBOO OFFERS DESIGNERS THE POTENTIAL TO BE THE CHANGE THEY WANT TO SEE IN SOCIETY. TO BE ABLE TO CREATE RESPONSIBLE DESIGN IS WHAT MOSTLY DREW ME TO BAMBOO.

— Rebecca Reubens, Founder-Principal Designer, RHIZOME

VEERAM SHAH

Architect & Founder, Design ni Dukaan

”The objective, in all projects, is to collaborate with local craftsmen, materials, processing techniques and push them to the limits and derive designs/products of impeccable quality and proudly “made in India”. With wood, we can explore its versatility in terms of forms, details, sections and shapes. We choose materials that age gracefully such as brass, wood, stone, concrete, IPS etc. They do not impose nor do they subdue,” says architect Veeram Shah, Founder, Design ni Dukaan, a multidisciplinary studio.

WE ONLY USE RECLAIMED WOOD. ITS UNIQUENESS IN TERMS OF COLOURS AND GRAINS ALLOW US TO UTILISE IT & BALANCE THE VISUALS WE HOPE TO ACHIEVE.

— Veeram Shah, Architect & Founder, Design ni Dukaan

ROOSHAD SHROFF

Architect & Designer

Architect Rooshad Shroff is a purist, and his wood-works are nothing short of magical! “8 years ago, when I started designing furniture pieces and looking at various crafts and techniques of making, I was drawn towards wood-working as a starting point. The easy nature of wood meant it needed a relatively low set up, in turn which meant I could work with a set of carpenters in the absence of an elaborate workshop, equipment for fabrication or worry about the number game of quantity which often happens in processes like casting or metal works.”

FOR C-SERIES, AN EARLIER RANGE, EACH PIECE HAD A CANTILEVERED FORM. WOOD IS NOT ASSOCIATED WITH CANTILEVERS. THROUGH OUR PROCESS, WE PUSH THE BOUNDARIES OF MATERIAL AND CRAFT TO CREATE A NEW LOOK.

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