Dhara Kabaria / studio Alternatives, IND, 2003
Her first experimental chair utilized old rubber tyres and was created for external spaces; then she created an interior version with a more elegant finish.
Rocking Chair, 2003
Discarded bicycle parts, wood
H 90 x W 80 x D 110 cm
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Dhara Kabaria / studio Alternatives
studio Alternatives began in 2010 as an interior design and photography consultancy, and has now expanded into many more areas of design. Since 2013, the studio has had its own workshop with highly skilled craftspeople. The studio work as designers and consultants, undertaking projects and making furniture, accessories, artefacts, installations and any other spatial elements. The focus is on upcycling, and utilizing various types of discarded materials to create desirable objects is always first preference. From coasters to shipping containers, studio Alternatives love making use of reclaimed materials.
ScrapLab was conceived as an idea in 2012, and realized in 2015. It includes a small library of materials that are discarded but have interesting forms or textures that can be utilized in creative ways, as parts of new products or solutions. It also provides support to make products or prototypes in our workshop.
Dhara Kabaria, co-founder and principal designer, is an alumna of CEPT University Ahmedabad, India. She completed her postgraduate studies in three-dimensional design at the Kent Institute of Art and Design, Rochester, United Kingdom. She set up the studio with her sister Dolly in 2010. Her special interests include furniture design, exhibition design, design education and alternative uses of materials in design.
Studies: CEPT University Ahmedabad, India; Kent Institute of Art and Design, Rochester, United Kingdom
Studio: studio Alternatives since 2010
Philosophy: We love upcycling. Utilizing various types of discarded materials to create desirable objects is always our first preference.
Status: Co-founder and principal designer at studio Alternatives
Lives/works: Dhara Kabaria, India