abin design studio opens a portal to the history of indian design
 

abin design studio opens a portal to the history of indian design

 

to celebrate the kolkata chapter of india’s national design festival ‘the india story’, abin design studio has constructed an ethereal tunnel of sanguine mist. entitled ‘treading the mist’, the 21 square meter interactive sculpture was conceptualised to represent a metaphorical journey from the mists of contemporary influences to the clarity of traditional roots of design.

abin design studio opens a portal to the history of indian designthe sculpture is entitled ‘treading the mist’

 

 

the composition follows the india story’s 2016 theme of ‘re-love, revive and reinvent’. the sculpture is comprised of a cube made of translucent layers of fish-net, with parametric cut-outs forming an internal pathway. the dimensions of the tunnel and density of the ‘mist’ is enhanced by a mirror at its end, reflecting and refracting the layers of fabric. ‘while making a journey through these layers, one would be able to see a hint of silhouettes in the reflection, evoking a feeling of exploring the unknown’, explain abin design studio. ‘this also depicts the process of innovation through time’.

abin design studio opens a portal to the history of indian design
the installation was created for the kolkata chapter of india’s national design festival ‘the india story’

 

 

the tunnel itself was created by cutting and cataloging 46 layers of fish-net fabric, creating the elemental, oscillating walls of the installation. according to the studio, ‘the shape and undulations in height convey the organic nature of the journey. each layer was catalogued in accordance with the shape and position.’ the inner panels resonate an amalgamation of contemporary design, while the outer panels echo the colonial character of the large gateway at the entrance to the site. this combination of references aims to convey the sharp clarity of indian roots in traditional design, and its evolution to the present day.

abin design studio opens a portal to the history of indian design
the composition follows the india story’s 2016 theme of ‘re-love, revive and reinvent’

abin design studio opens a portal to the history of indian design
the sculpture is comprised of a cube made of translucent layers of fish-net

abin design studio opens a portal to the history of indian design
the dimensions of the tunnel and density of the ‘mist’ is enhanced by a mirror at its end

abin design studio opens a portal to the history of indian design
the inner panels resonate an amalgamation of contemporary design…

abin design studio opens a portal to the history of indian design
…while the outer panels echo the colonial character of the large gateway at the entrance to the site

abin design studio opens a portal to the history of indian design
this combination of references aims to convey the sharp clarity of indian roots in traditional design…

abin design studio opens a portal to the history of indian design
…and its evolution to the present day

abin design studio opens a portal to the history of indian design
the red gradient stands out in its neutral surroundings

 abin design studio opens a portal to the history of indian design
illumination at night adds a new dimension to the piece

 

 

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edited by: peter corboy | designboom

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