Would you rest your derriere on a wooden chair that took longer to make than your entire living room? Titled 15,556 and curated by Pundole’s for architect Rooshad Shroff, the exhibit brings you furniture that yokes together handcraft, technology, and design to be art and instrument in equal measure.
Bringing craft from souvenir shops into the living room, Shroff goes about reinventing the wheel when it comes to décor. Marrying technology and handicraft, the upcoming exhibit, the preview of which will be held at the Bikaner House on 17th of February, will showcase skills he holds the global patent for.
The exhibition, comprising 26 one-of-a-kind pieces, displays techniques that combine embroidery with wood, colour, sanding and marble carvings respectively. “My work internationally, despite being seduced by technology initially, lacked two things—it lost authorship geographically and the human touch that comes from artisans,” Shroff says.
Bringing the focus back on craftsmanship, the number 15,556 is indicative of the total number of man hours that went into making the collection. Made by hand, most of the pieces are dismantle-able and don’t depend on screws and metal fasteners, and often the wood joinery technique becomes part of an extended design.
This is a welcome step towards Slow Design using sustainable materials where the final product is a “culmination of research that has been going on for five years. Till now they have been prototypes, this is the first time people can come, see and experience them.” The crafts used put the collection in an effective geographical context because there are only certain clusters can produce this, which in turn becomes a signature for the world to recognise.
Shroff believes, “This has given a new vocabulary to traditional handicraft…” and shows a way where technology will take handicrafts further into the digital age.
The exhibition runs from 18th February- 3 March 2017 at Bikaner House, Delhi; and from 7th June 2017, Pundole’s, Mumbai (also available for sale).
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