India shines at Prix Émile Hermès
Two Indian labels snag the spotlight at Hermès' furniture competition
Kolkata-based designers Suman and Poulami Biswas, of Space Tale Designs, have crafted the perfect seat for all those times you’ve wanted to snuggle up, book in hand and not be lulled to sleep.
The cosy seat, called ‘Mola’, looks and feels like a cocoon and is made entirely from woven bamboo fibres. “Our inspiration is a 1920s' painting by [Bengali artist] Jamini Roy, called ‘Mother and Child’,” said the designer duo, of the artwork which features a child swaddled in his mother’s sari.
A prototype of ‘Mola’ was part of the third edition of Prix Émile Hermès – an international design competition initiated by Fondation d’entreprise Hermès – where it received a special mention by the jury.
For this year's contest, designers were asked to create products that would offer respite from our frenzied lives, and Fondation received over 700 different entries from 54 countries that fit the theme, ‘Time to yourself’. Among the 12 finalists was another notable Indian entry by Mumbai-based designer Yashesh Virkar, who showed a hammock-like ‘Rocking Lounge’, also made using bamboo. The works of all the finalists were part of a recently concluded exhibit in Paris.
Photographs: Marc Domage © Fondation d’entreprise Hermès