Saif Faisal: Name to know
JAN 21, 2016 | By Tasneem Merchant
“I don’t have any profound philosophy as such. The artistic and functional expression of a product is very important. We design each one to be beautiful, relevant, honest and useful,” says Saif Faisal, one of the winners of the Godrej Design Lab 2015, a product design contest held in association with ELLE DECOR India. His products, the String Table and Alhazen LED lamp won the jury’s attention for their minimal and uncomplicated design.
The inspiration for the objects are quite clear – the Alhazen LED lamp draws from the form of the Jedi swords of Star Wars while the String table is inspired by the aero wings on racing cars. “The concept was to develop flat-pack furniture that uses just a simple string to assemble. With all the clutter and frivolous details in the “rich” design we see around, this essential and practical essence seems like a relief.”
The founder of Saif Faisal Design Workshop, he loves working with natural materials like wood, metal, ceramics, leather “in an innovative and fresh way, more neutral in their aesthetic”. As a maker, he isn’t fond of synthetic materials which age badly.
“We have about 12-14 projects that we are working on at the moment; two of them are “Systems” furniture, a family of rotational moulded outdoor furniture in 100% recyclable LLDPE (linear low-density polyethylene), some lamps in wood and cork and also some accessories,” he elaborates.
The EDIDA 2015 Tableware winner would have loved to work for Thomas Lykke, Marc Newson or Naoto Fukasawa. “If not a designer, I would be a cultural anthropologist, a motorcycle racer or a chef,” he signs off.
For more details about Godrej Design Lab, visit www.godrejdesignlab.com