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Minar Coffee Table

Studio: Dwell Duo

Studio: Dwell Duo

Yours Truly Collection

Studio: Knock on Wood

Studio: Knock on Wood

Studio: Knock on Wood

Yours Truly Collection (Teak Wood Furniture)

Studio: Knock on Wood

Solemate (Yours Truly Collection)

Studio: Knock on Wood

PA (Yours Truly Collection)

Studio: Knock on Wood

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Showcase 12 Apr 2017

India Design ID 2017: DwellDuo & Knock on Wood

CQ recently spotted two interesting furniture brands at India Design ID 2017 held in February in New Delhi – Knock on Wood and DwellDuo. Both create a functional and contemporary line of wood furniture for urban India. We speak to both these studios about their respective practices and about the making of some of the pieces that they displayed at the event.

DwellDuo was launched in 2014 by Tarini Pancholi and Snigdha Seth. Both have a design and retail background, and a common love for furniture. The main idea behind the brand was to create functional and affordable furniture for urban India. Wood became their primary material mainly because they both feel that each piece of wood is different, with its own grain structure, knots and colour variations. We asked the DwellDuo’s duo to talk about one of their pieces, Minar Coffee Table, that they recently exhibited at ID 2017.  

Minar Coffee Table

The concept behind Minar was to take a very traditional technique of wood turning and put a different spin to it. Apart from the legs, every other part of the furniture has been kept natural so that the entire focus is always on the legs. The legs have been made with wood and then coated with an opaque metallic paint so that they don't look like wood anymore. To add a twist, the legs were then shaved off from four sides to reveal the natural wood below and create interesting new profiles.

Minar Coffee Table

Studio: Dwell Duo

Studio: Dwell Duo

Minar is all about blending opposites: the modern metallic finish with the natural wood below and the smooth round profiles with the sharp and clean flat ones. The beauty of the natural grains of solid Sheesham wood helped enhance the overall look of the collection.

Apart from serving as a coffee table, the intention was also to create a table where one could emulate the Japanese style of dining on the floor. The table was designed to be a knockdown piece so that it can be a viable product for sale and shipping in the retail market.

Knock on Wood

Knock on Wood was launched as a new dimension by an existing brand called House of Design by Aarti Aggarwal. The idea behind this extension was to create highly customised and detailed pieces of furniture for the contemporary consumers. One of the main inspirations for the brand is that “design cannot be truly beautiful unless it functions in harmony with who we are; it is about pleasure, discovering what pleases us and creating an ambience that will celebrate those qualities and sustain us.” We spoke to Aggarwal about the range of furniture they displayed at Indian Design ID, titled ‘Yours Truly’.

Yours Truly Collection

Studio: Knock on Wood

 

Yours Truly

The idea was to create accent furniture pieces which are also a multifunction addition to the room. With this in mind, we experimented with various materials and techniques to come up with Yours Truly. With this collection, we have tried to coalesce state-of-the-art scientific trends with art. It is essential that order is maintained within tight spaces and each of the unit helps achieve this. Whether it is the use of aluminum sheets in the solemate or glass in the PA – every inch of the product serves a purpose.

Studio: Knock on Wood

Studio: Knock on Wood

Yours Truly Collection (Teak Wood Furniture)

Studio: Knock on Wood

 

The Butler | (Dining cabinet)

The making of ‘The Butler’ exemplifies our reliance on artisanal skills and hand-crafting techniques. Aimed to provide a complete buffet solution, this eight-foot long cabinet is a combination of four different components. While the first and second sections form the bar, the third is designed for storage with pull-out drawers. The fourth component serves the purpose of a hydraulic tea trolley. This section is designed with sliding shutters that provide more room for storing other related items out of sight.

Solemate | (Shoe cabinet)

Solemate is constructed from a combination of board and ash wood. The cutwork on the wood not only lends an elegant look to the piece, but makes for a good air escape for the shoes. Displaying up to 14 pairs of shoes effortlessly, the lower section of the rack is divided into two parts for accessories such as shoe horn, cleaning cloth etc. and for seating.

Solemate (Yours Truly Collection)

Studio: Knock on Wood

 

 Mistress | (Bedside cabinet)

While the top of the cabinet provides you with an access to the daily essentials such as a water bottle, tissue holder etc., a hinged lid creates plenty of electronic possibilities with an outlet that can charge 3-5 units at a time. The pull-out drawers are lined with felt to avoid scratches on electronic devices. One of the drawers opens up with a number lock to keep valuables.

 PA (Home office)

The pull-out work top further slides out to showcase stationery, while the shutters have provision for holding essentials such as pen, pencils, etc. If one uses a fax machine, copier or printer on a consistent basis, it is an ideal place to store these items for ease of access. The cabinet comes with ample storage and lets its owner add a personal touch while decorating, so as to make it more bespoke. Its bold colour scheme and ombre finish provides a visual pleasure. And the knob on one side of the PA holds a flat piece of wood that opens up to form a chair.

PA (Yours Truly Collection)

Studio: Knock on Wood