Avni Sejpal: Young and upcoming

SEP 4, 2015 | By Aditi Gaitonde
From Left: The Champki Totem series made out of recycled saris and wood; Memphis movement inspired Samsara Cosmic pendant lamp; Grecian Grace light

An architect with a Master’s degree in environmental design, she set up her own design atelier in Mumbai in 2011. Since then the founder of multi-disciplinary firm Studio Avni has been re-contextualising tradition to create mix media products that reside in the realm between art and design. This ardent experimentalist who loves to work with recycled matter and mixing unusual materials together, tells us what she’s up to now.
Digging deeper with handcrafted products“Currently I am working with artisans to create handmade products but I want to experiment more and figure out how I can combine craftsmanship with technology. Imagine what a beautiful marriage that would be! Although I want to try 3D printing, I will never completely move away from the human touch.”
Experimenting with styles and materials“Tactile lights, my first collection, was inspired by origami but I didn’t want to simply replicate the origami masters. I asked myself, how could I build on this. This series took all of six months because I worked around with so many materials, from fabrics to PVC and metal. I often like to look back at my own designs to improve upon them based on newer experiences and present sensibilities. Sometimes, it goes in a completely different direction.”
Showcasing at Salone del Mobile 2015 “I displayed the Champki Totem series of upcycled furniture made using old spangled saris that are braided to resemble a chotli or jooda. The Grace lights take after ancient Grecian attire using steel wire mesh, while Samsara Cosmic illuminators explore Memphis movement shapes reinvented using cork, rubber, copper and brass.”