For the love of design

Form follows function at Aziz Kachwalla's studio showcase featuring light fixtures, furniture and lifestyle products from the city's hidden design studios and architecture firms

Product designer Aziz Kachwalla, a civil engineer from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, and an alumnus of the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, set up his studio-cum-store, At-Tin, in January 2013. Over the last year, Kachwalla says he’s found so many small design practices in Mumbai—ranging from interior design and architecture firms to studios that dabble in product, set and museum design—that he decided to organize an event this weekend to finally bring them all together.

Barstool from The Fuchsia Lane
Barstool from The Fuchsia Lane

Though there are a couple of participants whose work we’re familiar with—such as Ajay Shah Design Studio, the makers of Rubberband stationery, and furniture and home accessories label The Fuchsia Lane—the event will mostly feature first-time exhibitors. For instance, Jasem Pirani and Huzefa Rangwala, who founded boutique architecture firm MuseLAB in 2012, say the event has given them the push they needed to stop contemplating and finally launch their own product line. They are starting small with just one product, called the Pet-Table, a whimsical dining table made using mortise and tenon joints, fitted with tree-trunk-like legs and a large enclosure that can house pet birds.

Furniture design from Xheight Design India

NID graduates Rachna Rastogi and K.K. Muralidharan of Xheight Design India, a multi-disciplinary studio specializing in production design for movies, will display a range of DIY modular furniture made of basic units of wood that can be assembled just as easily as they can be dismantled. Apart from a basic work table and chair, the studio will show two benches, both variations of the same basic units, to showcase the versatility of their furniture line.

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Other participants include designer Farzin Adenwalla, who creates minimalistic metal and wood furniture such as side tables that resemble cutting-chai glasses, handis and bar stools, under her label Bombay Atelier. Designer Anu Tandon Vieira will display her furniture line, The Retyrement Plan, made from ropes woven out of old scraps of cloth and plastic. The Ajay Shah Design Studio will present select pieces from their colourful and minimalistic furniture brand Industrial Playground.

Anand Prabhudesai bench

At-Tin Design Do, 11am-7pm, 1-4 February, at At-Tin, c/o Carmech, 129-T, Old Anjirwadi, off Mount Road, Mazagon, Mumbai. For details, visit www.at-tin.com or call 23717372.

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