animal farm by nishi chauhan animal farm by nishi chauhan
dec 18, 2012

animal farm by nishi chauhan

‘animal farm’ by nishi chauhanall images courtesy of nishi chauchan



‘animal farm’ all started when glass bottles – mason and preserve jars, wine and sauce, beer bottles – slowly began accumulating in the bangalore household of nishi chauhan. these vessels began piling up and became difficult to ignore and soon the indian designer began seeing shapes emerge in the form of animals. chuahan paid a casual visit to channapatna, the craft district located just outside the city. there a sizable community of craftsmen were churning out playful animal toys by the hundreds. before she knew it, she was collaborating with them, exchanging ideas, sketches, mock-ups and study models of what she had in mind.


the real challenge was to achieve a fusing of attitude and approach between designer and craftsmen – how do you get them to look at objects from a wider world view when their entire existence has always been their community? from the partnership,’animal farm’ was born – a collection of creatures which also function as lighting objects, giving their upcycled glass forms a new life. 

peeves, the penguin, and porky, the pig 

gerry, the giraffe, and flo, the fish 

humf, the hippopotamus, and ellie, the elephant

saved from an unimaginative end 

the craftsman at work, in channapatna 

applying lac to turned wood 

post process work

post process work 

assembly and finishing of prototypes

mock-up and study model



concept sketch


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  • Brilliant Work!!!

    Puli says:
  • wow ma’am! so proud of you.

    rohit sharma says:
  • Sketch capability confirm admirable, a lot of creative design also good! But study design and design must not be misled, blindly to emphasize his sketch how, sketch the main role is to express your ideas

    shiqi Wu says:
  • Nice work! Very refreshing

    ARNAB KHOUND says:
  • Very like this design, it is feeling

    Small children says:
  • Very interesting, give a person find everything fresh and new feeling.

    ZhaoYunsi says:
  • superb!

    PAUL S A N D I P says:
  • Like this design, it is feeling,let me feel life is very interesting

    LiuPengpeng says:
  • Awesome work

    dhruva says:
  • Awesome work Nishi..

    It is reusable, eco-friend and good quality stuff…! Kudo’s!!!

    Vaishali Prasad says:
  • Awesome Work!!! Simply superb 🙂

    Shobana says:
  • Simple And Creative… \m/ its Awsm Mam.. 🙂

    Lalit Gautam says:
  • Very sensitive detaills, keep it up Nishi 🙂

    prakash says:
  • Good work, Keep it up…. i want on lamp….:)

    Dipes Parmar says:
  • Very inspiring.

    Chetan Sorab says:
  • hey Nishi gr8 wrk …
    gud job… I luv d playfulness and the color… all d best 🙂

    Priyabrata says:
  • Amazed by the simplicity in design and its appeal

    Shamit Shrivastav says:
  • This design will waste bottles, old re-transformation processing.The transformation of the old things became very good.Very good design

    li qiang says:
  • Nice to see the form and material explorations…Keep it up!

    Kirti says:
  • hey nishi
    very playful attitude towards the waste materials… keep playing.. 🙂

    yamini says:
  • I appreciate your work, reuse is the solution to many problems that the earth is going through.

    Yumi says:
  • Very Good Designs…..gr8 work… amazing creativity…

    Rashmi Pradhan says:

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