sahil + sarthak reinterprets local craftwork in lakshman sagar resort
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all images courtesy of sahil bagga sarthak sengupta




perched on the banks of a lake near the rajasthani village in raipur, india, the ‘lakshman sagar resort’ designed by new dehli-based studio sahil & sarthak utilizes local and sustainable materials. the main objective of the project was to identify artisan skills from the traditional ‘jajmani’ system, reinterpreting and improvising these methods for its construction. the neighboring community is very self sufficient as a vast majority of people make a living from crafting everyday objects, farming tools and household utensils. successfully bringing together various workers, who would otherwise operate in isolation, resulted in an amalgamation of different techniques applied throughout the resort.


the project was shortlisted for the IDF awards 2013, a recent competition organized by designboom, in collaboration with the the india design forum (IDF)


the design of the table and chairs was based on women’s clothing from the raika rabri community
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the choice of materials involved sourcing the most readily locally available, which resulted in a series of customized products that tell a story. the interior consists of furniture pieces that were hand-crafted specifically for the resort, embodying a sense of design, tradition and ethics that reflects the village of raipur.

the mardana restaurant has deer head trophies made from plough ends and a grain strainer
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seating area by the entry
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view of a bedroom
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(left) the bathroom with the sink placed on a stump of wood
(right) katran chair next to a patal table
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