Wood-art has been an integral part of Indian history. The Sutradhar community, according to legend, are carpenters (also known as ‘badhaee’), descendants of Maya, the son of Vishwakarma (the divine engineer). To date, Vishwakarma day is celebrated in India; and, as customary, the craftsmen worship their tools.
Owing to the Indian government’s initiative against deforestation, an increase in the cost of wood and the labor-intensive nature of the craft, plywood has emerged as a cheaper alternative in the Indian market. But the question of whether plywood is doomed to be replaced by alternative products has to be asked. Studio Ardete’s design explores conventional limitations of the material sold by the client, veneers and plywood, and its protagonist role in a conversation that has existed in ancient past as well.
‘Timber Rhyme’ occupies the first storey of a retail shop in a market complex in Chandigarh. The challenge was to invite a walk through the existing 71′ by 18′ linear block, as one enters from the rear end. Due to a shift in times and new engineered materials, the dialogue between a carpenter and his product has perished. The key idea is a by-product of this concern, an elemental ribbon that can be the subject of a conversation while being a facilitator of the same.
In design, a single-window that frames the outside triggering an innate attraction to prospect and, a sitting space that plays on one’s inclination to take refuge. Both placed opposite to ingress initiates a desire to walk. Represented through the ribbon that pours itself into space, ‘variety in a unified continuum’ nourishes the studio’s concepts.