Avni Sejpal / Studio Avni, IND, 2013
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.
Pompom Pouf, 2013
Shell: Upcycled silk saris, Polyfill Filler: foam
H 33, Ø 50 cm
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Avni Sejpal / Studio Avni
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.
Studies: Architecture at KRVIA, Mumbai, Environmental Design at Chelsea College of Art & Design, London
Studio: Studio Avni since 2011
Philosophy: With a keen ecological approach, the studio explores design innovations through research and recontextualizing traditional and unconventional materials, exploiting their inherent qualities.
Exhibitions: Salone del Mobile, Milan; Wanted Design NYC; India Design Week
Status: Architect and Designer
Lives/works: Mumbai, India