In keeping with BE OPEN's theme "Made in India" Ayush Kasliwal develops groundbreaking ideas through understanding the importance of preserving traditional crafts of India.
In keeping with BE OPEN's theme "Made in India" Ayush Kasliwal develops groundbreaking ideas through understanding the importance of preserving traditional crafts of India. He promotes innovative collaborations between master artisans and designers committed to Universal Design. His designs include furniture, lighting, textiles, home accessories, tableware and more. Skills preserved from the past are used in the present to make objects that will enrich our lives for years to come. Ayush is using design as a tool for artisans to have sustainable and improved futures through creating objects for modern living. His work encourages you to "be discerning, have less, and make it meaningful." Rooted in ancient craft practices, Ayush's work is infused with the diversity of Indian culture designed for contemporary international style. Join him on a journey that tangibly captures Indian history and transforms it into a story for everyone's future.
As the storyteller must find new tales, so Ayush Kasliwal draws dreams of objects that are stories. Travel with him through the back alleys of Jaipur to meet the Thathera metal artisans who have made the Crescent Thaali Set. Especially for BE OPEN, the katori (small bowls) of this thaali have been custom embellished in blue hues with a fine silver edge by Jaipur's Meenakari enamel jewelry artisans. Surprise your friends by bringing the meal on the thaali to the futuristic Extrude Table. Ayush Kasliwal designed a custom extruded metal profile like a jigsaw puzzle piece that fits together on all sides for an infinitely variable table. Serve guests blessed water in the Shiva Jug, Glass and Plate Set so healthful, water will flow from this beautifully designed handmade copper pitcher with an elegant balanced lid.
When the repast is complete relax in the Asana Chair with a wide and deep seat to sit up optionally in the 'padmasana' or 'lotus pose'. The experience of sitting in the chair is definitely yogic. While enjoying your rest, play some music from your stereo placed in the Pitara Console with the essence of a traditional Rajasthani dowry chest opening up into a stunning contemporary sculptural box with transparent glass shelves. Finish your evening with a sumptuous sleep in the Jharokha Bed made of teak by the traditional carpenters of the Jangid artisan community. Creating a visually enclosed space for sleeping, the scale of the bed is a room within a room. Sleep like royalty in a bed that is steeped in history with modern simplicity dreaming of India's artisans transcending time with the magic of Ayush Kasliwal's contemporary designs.
EVENT: BE OPEN
DATES: 11th to 28th February, 2014
TIME: 10:30AM to 07:00pm
VENUE: Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts 1, C. V. Mess,
Janpath, New Delhi-110001 (India) TWIN GALLERY