The Objective Basket

by Studio Wood
  • 1. Sustainable Design
  • 2. Use of an indigenous craft
  • 3. Encourages public interaction
  • 4. Can be used indoors and outdoors

Specifications

General

Product Name
The Objective Basket
Designer
Vrinda Mathur, Asawari Bora
Manufacturer
Studio Wood
Manufactured
India

Product Type

Tables
Coffee Tables
Outdoor Furniture
Garden stools
Street furniture
Street benches

Product Specs

Material
Metal
Fabric
Wood
Shape
Oval
Style
Classic

The Objective Basket: A collection of furniture designed by reinterpreting utilitarian objects from Kerala, India

 

The basket collection was designed for Kochi Muziris Biennale 2018-2019 as part of a site specific furniture project in Kochi’s Cabral Yard; a space imagined as a hub for art, interaction and inspiration during the span of the event. While researching on the different crafts of Kerala, we came across basketry and it instantly clicked. To be able to create interesting products with a craft input and in turn providing a platform to the artisans was our utmost priority.

 

Since these pieces were to be used directly by the audience, an integral part of our design process was to analyze the different ways one would interact with the product and then carefully gave form to the function. Be it simply sitting, relaxing or other activities such as community workshops and group discussions etc.

 

The collections includes stools, tables, community hubs, dining spaces and relaxation spots.

 

All the pieces in this collection have been designed using a material mix of natural cane, mild steel and sustainable fabrics such as jute and cotton canvas.

 

One of the biggest challenges of this project have been the climatic conditions of the state. Rains are predicted in the winter months which meant that all of our furniture had to be designed keeping in mind the precipitation and its impact. For this reason, we planned drainage points in all the large coracle inspired baskets, chose to go for a natural glue lamination in the fabrics and also a basic varnish on the cane weaving.

 

Concept

 

In an environment which promotes expression through different mediums, we designed the basket collection to engage and intrigue the client by metaphorically representing an everyday object into a larger piece of furniture.

 

A simple basket was reimagined into various products such as seats, tables, community resting spots and integrated within the architecture after a careful analysis of the different movements and postures of the human body.

 

For instance, we designed a ten-foot coracle inspired basket which seats 7-8 persons, placed strategically on a green berm, it encourages the user to immerse themselves in a child-like experience.

 

Innovation

 

As designers, it is essential for us to reimagine the future and possibilities of the deteriorating arts and bring them back on the map for a global audience.

 

This collection of furniture has been a step towards uplifting the artisans of the flood-stricken state of Kochi, Kerala to gain momentum and opportunities through the exhibit of the pieces at the prestigious Kochi Muziris Biennale 2018-2019.

 

Along with the makers, the products are equally engaging for the users as they instil a feeling of unity within the environment by weaving form and function together with a distinct craft input.

 

Specifications:

Materials: Natural cane, Mild steel and Sustainable Fabrics such as Jute and Cotton Canvas.

 

Objects: Stools, Tables, Community seating, Floor seats

 

Sizes:

 

 Basket dining stools
16"x16"x18"
 

 Basket dining table
 30"X30"X30"
 

 Basket high table
    24"X24"X41"
 

 Floor Seats
     16"X16"x8"
 
 Community

 Coracle Seat
     10'X10'X 1'6"
 

 Embedded Seats

     24"X27"X 9.5"

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