An assembly of handcrafted stackable nut-bowls.
Finalist - Lexus Design Award India 2021
Bahi is an alluring set of bowls, inspired by the beautiful dance form from the deserts of India. An insight was to make the design stackable and compact keeping in mind the aspects of storage and cleaning. The idea was also to incorporate the Indianness in the nut-bowls alongside enhancing usability and aesthetics.
Bahi is crafted around a unique and interesting concept of stackability and modularity. I realise the importance of keeping users in focus while designing. Hence, realising the problem of accessibility by all, when kept on a centre table, I have come with a concept of a freely rotatable design. Each peg can be rotated on its axis to solve the problem of accessibility in a rather unique way.
Each bowl piece goes through a long process of clay baking, drawing, painting, re-baking and glazing. The pieces have contrasts, tones and intricate motifs & patterns that are inspired by the famous blue pottery of Rajasthan.
The structure is a simple assembly of modular wooden pegs. These pegs are meticulously hand-crafted by artisans keeping proportions in place.
It is a beautifully handcrafted ceramic and wood dining accessory that showcases the magical handwork of Indian rural artisans. It is an attempt to take the rich culture of Ghoomar and the Blue Pottery art on a global platform so that the craftsmen and artisans get the due recognition that they have always deserved.
With the potential prototype in making, this project was shortlisted as "Top Finalist - Lexus Design Award India 2021".