Young designers from an educational institution in the Capital displayed their creative genius that included innovative and interesting products. ByNauman Waziri
What a sheer waste of money it would be if you buy a bed, a sofa and a recliner when all these can be yours as one single product. Sounds unbelievable? More like Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. But this has been made possible by Siddhant, a first year interior design student of JaganNath Institute of Management Sciences (JIMS) in the Capital. In fact, he has made us believe with his representation of his “Foam Recliner”, the idea of which he says “evolved when I was looking at the Windows logo and the colours of which are on top of each other so I flipped it in that way,” excitedly showing me his product. What an idea, sirji!
At Ideometric Warriors, a first-of-its-kind two-day annual interior design exhibition at India Habitat Centre, both first and second year students from JIMS showcased not just their products but their ideas as well. Renuka Jain, academic head of the institute, had us know, “The first thing people here have is an idea which later they develop into designs on paper and finally release the product”, also giving me an insight into the use of recycled and reusable products which these students have used. If this product was about comfort, an element of nature was portrayed in Ritika Nangia’s coffee table-cum-chair titled Solace. “It’s spacious, made of kail wood which is durable, painted with natural polish and is in the shape of a coffee mug. I have also provided shells for storage of books,” informs Ritika, pointing minute details of her creativity in the Product Design category.
Another recyclable freak was Sakshi Chugh, happily showing off her baby, a Comfytyrable. And if one happens to decode the riddle, it comes to “comfortable”, “tyre” and “able”. Hence, it is “a comfortable recliner made of old tyre which I sourced from Rohini area in the Capital and weaved them together connecting it with wrought iron angles,” remarks Sakshi, a winner at the National Level in Product Design category at Durian Society Awards, Mumbai. And when I peeped in at the posterior end, a little storage area was revealed which one can use to keep bottles and newspapers etc.
If you thought these designs are small and for home and garden purposes then a bunch of five musketeers jumped the bandwagon and came up with something bigger and greater in the form of a commercial area in the Visual Display category. Comprising an office that belongs to a software company, Ethnic Softwares, the work is done on simple interiors and where not much carving was required. “It’s an office area where we have a canteen, an area for employees, a cabin for the team head and the manager, restrooms and have used wooden flooring to give it an ‘earthy’ feel,” says Anmol, a second year Interior Design student. He strongly emphasises the use of ‘mild colours’, ‘only straight lines’ and ‘wooden floorings’ as being the USP of the entire visual display. And when I say it’s old, Anmol reverts by saying, “It’s contemporary and royal with a unique look. It also boasts of wooden panelling with with black and red metallic stripes.”
Call it fusion or an identity of sorts, most products were by and large self-made by these young designers that explored the hidden talent in them.