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Reinvent: Various at Dhobi Talao adds vibrant colours to clean design :Architects Sachin Bandukwala and Melissa Smith, founders of furniture and product design studio, Various at Dhobi Talao, took the plunge and had a little fun with colours and finishes when they selected four products for a remarkable—and unexpected—reinvention.

Melissa Smith & Sachin Bandukwala, Various at Dhobi Talao

Architects and product designers, Sachin Bandukwala and Melissa Smith had a little fun with colours and fi nishes for three of its products chosen for a remarkable transformation

‘Frame Corner’ chair with the ‘Ultramarinblau’ shade using the Woodtech ‘Emporio PU Palette’ fi nish

‘Curved Brass’ chair featuring the ‘Fargrun’ and ‘Olivefrun’ shades using the Woodtech Insignia ‘Patina’ fi nish and the ‘E-Lamp’ painted with the ‘Madder Red’ shade using the Woodtech ‘Emporio PU Palette’ fi nish

Detail of the ‘Patina’ fi nish on the ‘Curved Brass’ chair

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Lab 17 Mar 2017

Reinvent: Sachin Bandukwala and Melissa Smith, founders of “Various at Dhobi Talao” experiment with colour

Architects and product designers, Sachin Bandukwala and Melissa Smith had a little fun with colours and finishes for three of its products chosen for a remarkable transformation.

Pushing the boundaries of creativity, experimenting with design, stepping out of the comfort zone and reinventing one’s aesthetic. They are the touchstones of a designer’s ability to be flexible—and courageous—to stay ahead of the curve and evolve a new design language. AD and Asian Paints join forces to give 10 creative professionals from the world of design a unique opportunity to do just that, with Asian Paints Reinvent. Using finishes, wallpapers and textures from the brand’s three iconic collections— Royale Play from the International Designer Collection, Woodtech Insignia and Nilaya—the designers reimagined existing products, created new pieces and refurbished studio or showroom spaces.

Reinvent: Various at Dhobi Talao adds vibrant colours to clean design :Architects Sachin Bandukwala and Melissa Smith, founders of furniture and product design studio, Various at Dhobi Talao, took the plunge and had a little fun with colours and finishes when they selected four products for a remarkable—and unexpected—reinvention.

Melissa Smith & Sachin Bandukwala, Various at Dhobi Talao

Architects and product designers, Sachin Bandukwala and Melissa Smith had a little fun with colours and fi nishes for three of its products chosen for a remarkable transformation

Reinvention is all about exploring an exciting new avenue, building a new relationship between object and designer. And that was just the opportunity that AD50 architects Sachin Bandukwala and Melissa Smith, founders of Mumbai’s Various at Dhobi Talao got with the Asian Paints Reinvent initiative. “We mostly use colours as upholstery for the varied pieces. We prefer using reclaimed wood for our furniture and natural finishes. When we were asked to reinvent these products using colour we had to think about how we can use it without detracting from the minimal form,” says Smith. The rationale was to avoid concealing the natural beauty of the wood, and instead highlight it with the application of the finish.

‘Frame Corner’ chair with the ‘Ultramarinblau’ shade using the Woodtech ‘Emporio PU Palette’ fi nish

The products chosen for the experiment included two chairs and a lamp. For the ‘Curved Brass’ chair, the designers used the ‘Patina’ effect from the Woodtech Insignia collection to get the “two different shades of green to highlight the grains of wood”. For the ‘Frame Corner’ chair, they used the Woodtech ‘Emporio PU Palette’ to get a matte effect; the ‘Emporio Anti Scratch PU’ ensured durability. The electric lamp (E-lamp) had a bulb as a light source and they chose the Woodtech ‘Emporio PU Palette’.

‘Curved Brass’ chair featuring the ‘Fargrun’ and ‘Olivefrun’ shades using the Woodtech Insignia ‘Patina’ fi nish and the ‘E-Lamp’ painted with the ‘Madder Red’ shade using the Woodtech ‘Emporio PU Palette’ fi nish

Detail of the ‘Patina’ fi nish on the ‘Curved Brass’ chair

The finishes, and their ability to change an object, was a revelation for the designers. “As soon as you change the colour and bring in a new shade, you get a completely transformed reality,” says Bandukwala.

A version of this article was published in AD India’s Nov-Dec. ’16 ART ISSUE. To catch all the action and watch the videos where the designers went about creating, transforming and reinventing, just log on to www.architecturaldigest.in/reinvent.

Email colourpro@asianpaints.com to start your reinvention.