Nishi Chauhan: Animal FarmPosted: December 27, 2012
Indian designer Nishi Chauhan’s visit to the craft district Channapatna outside of Bangalore inspired a new use for glass bottles, upcycling them into playful toys and lighting objects. Through employing the toy craftsmen of Channapatna, new dialogues began involving material use, design intent, and the use of their craft towards a wider world view.
From Nishi Chauhan: Animal Farm is part of a continuing series of explorations centered around the twin themes of craft revival and the repurposing of used objects. This first set of upcycled bottle lamps visualize six animal forms featuring the wood and lac turnery craft of Channapatna in Karnataka, India. With minimal intervention from the designer and the craftsman, objects that would otherwise have met uninteresting ends in the recycling chain have been born again as playful, usable products.
Nishi Chauhan: website