mann singh at asia now india
mann singh at asia now   india mann singh at asia now   india
jul 07, 2010

mann singh at asia now india

indian designer mann singh exhibited his ‘kachnar bowl’ (produced in limited edition for the italian manufacturer driade) and his most recent work, a prototype of the ‘phul’ chair in designboom’s ‘asia now‘ exhibition at dwell on design in los angeles.

‘phul’ chair image © designboom

stainless steel is more commonly used with industrial processes, mann singh uses the hand-made process for his prototypes.

image © designboom

detail of ‘phul’ chair image © designboom

the brass sheet which you get along the edges are smoothened down with the mallet and the hammer. he likes the texture of these pleats, what happens often is that one tries to leave things a little unfinished to distinguish hand made from machine made.

mann singh sitting on ‘phul’ chair

each ‘phul’ chair is hand-made from cast stainless steel, with no two pieces alike. the seat and back are constructed from an intertwining leaf and twig motif.

kachnar bowl image © designboom

mann singh’s ‘kachnar’ series for driade’s shalemar collection consists of silvered baskets of interwoven twigs, and bowls composed of stiffened leaves and flowers.

detail of kachnar bowlimage © designboom

‘kachnar’ bowls

detail of kachnar bowl


mann’s pieces started from observing the beauty of natural branches and petals. this model was made from copper tubing brazed together; and though it looks pretty organic it is completely calculated and to be made with standard size tubes.

the welding process is completed entirely by hand.

‘muqarna’ bowl

‘muqarna’ bowls

‘asia now’ exhibition image © designboom

designboom’s ‘asia now’ exhibition explored design culture in asia, centering around the work of young rising talent, in the context of its rapidly changing environment. the over 60 meters show covered 11 countries and took viewers on a visual journey through history and contemporary art and design solutions of the orient.

installation view of the ‘asia now’ exhibitionimage © designboom

installation view image © designboom

image © designboom

  • Very lovely work

    Sans says:
  • The chairs are beautiful, but don’t look comfortable and as thought they’d snag your clothes. Still as art their gorgeous.

    Kellie says:
  • HI HI! Good one Mann! See you soon!

    Gianda says:
  • wowww absolutely beuatifuuul !!!

    ocean|of|air says:
  • Beautifull pieces, pity the chair look very uncomfortable.

    o.ribeiro says:
  • good one ……..

    idf says:
  • Great stuff, keep it up..!!!

    vasanth says:
  • I wonder how much he wants for one?

    Dan the Conqueror says:
  • hello maan……nice work…….

    durgesh says:
  • I love the spontaneity of the design, but I agree with Kellie on functionality….Finally, I still love it

    trapham says:
  • great way to reflect on nature ….. mazing bowls ….but the chair is kindof yogi like and the legs are tooo delicate …..neverthe less wish i could do that …..

    independant2010 says:

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