Pompom Pouf, 2013
Silk saris, polyfill, foam, H 33, Ø 50 cm
Photo/©: Avni Sejpal
Taking inspiration from the tradition of folding and draping garments in India, the designer manipulates the sari fabric, utilizing its visual, textural and tactile qualities to create a range of seating.
Studio Avni is a multidisciplinary design studio run by Avni Sejpal that focuses on the design and production of bespoke textiles, lighting, furniture, installation environments and objets d’art. She is a Mumbai-based architect and designer dedicated to experimental research in design through a deep investigation of materials and structure, always in the pursuit of sustainable manufacturing solutions. Driven by a love of an unconventional use of materials and intuitive forms, she uses her experience from various design fields to create striking artworks. With a keen ecological approach, the studio explores design innovations through research and recontextualizing materials, exploiting their inherent qualities. Her upcycled Sari textile and furniture collection is a unique series of products meticulously handcrafted by converting old or discarded silk saris – bright and vivid draped garments worn by Indian women – into sculptural seating such as poufs, ottomans and stools, occasionally pairing the material with Indian varieties of wood. This upcycled textile seating collection was awarded A design award 2015 and I design award 2015 and exhibited at Milan Design Week 2013 and 2014, Wanted Design NYC 2014 and India Design Week 2015.