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Aziz Kachwalla

A civil engineer and product designer.

Aziz`s Mazagaon Studio

He established his enterprise, The Orange Company, a multidisciplinary design firm works on both products and spaces.

A floor lamp, by Aziz Kachwalla

His switch from being a civil engineer to training to be a designer at NID, was seamless.

A Diwan from the FPM Collection

Greatly influenced by exposed materials, his very modern and contemporary designs inspire an odd sense of nostalgia.

The Divan`s detail

The series was a product of Aziz’s experimentation with plywood, or flexi-ply to be more accurate.

The bench

"There is a history within, and a sense of nostalgia."

A chair from the FPM Collection

he products are created such that all the grains of the various layers of the plywood are aligned in the same direction, allowing the plywood to bend along one axis, depending on the alignment of the said grains.

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Showcase 28 Feb 2018

Colour Stories: Aziz Kachwalla, the civil engineer blending industrial and product design

Imagine an old, traditional wood and cane chair, but in the modern design context so much sleeker, refined, and made of metal as opposed to the bulkier choice of wood. Or a classic divan, but made of seemingly bendable, sleek plywood. Such are the reminiscence-inducing works of Aziz Kachwalla. In its tenth feature, Colour Stories ventures into Aziz’s workshop At-tin and his portfolio of of organic design.

It was during his stint studying civil engineering in IIT Bombay, that Aziz discovered his fascination with the limitless world of art, design and architecture. His switch from being a civil engineer to training to be a designer at NID, was seamless from that point on. He eventually established his enterprise, The Orange Company, a multidisciplinary design firm works on both products and spaces. Greatly influenced by exposed materials, his very modern and contemporary designs inspire an odd sense of nostalgia. 

Aziz Kachwalla

A civil engineer and product designer.

What colour inspires you the most?

I’m inspired by natural colours – colours of the earth, colours of the sea (sea green/deep blue), colours of metals (iron/brass/copper), the colour of wood, stone, leather and of dyes made from organic matter (like from pomegranate). 

Where did/do you see or observe this colour?

Everywhere, these are hues present all around us. 

Aziz`s Mazagaon Studio

He established his enterprise, The Orange Company, a multidisciplinary design firm works on both products and spaces.

Why do you like it?

They seem like they have existed for a long, long time. They are inherent and very much a part of our being. There is a history within, and a sense of nostalgia.

What is your design inspiration? A person, place or studio, or any specific element?

I like the works of several architects like Tadao Ando, Geoffrey Bawa, Charles Correa, Laurie Baker, Jasper Morrison, Isle Crawford, Hella Jongerius, Nendo, Gaudi and Tom Kundig, each for various reasons.
Cities, history and people inspire me. As does Islamic architecture, the moorish tradition.

A little bit about Hella Jongerius

Hella Jongerius, the renowned Dutch designer, is widely acclaimed for her blend of industrial design and craft, low tech and high tech, as well as traditional and contemporary. Her studio, Jongeriuslab studio based in Berlin, is where she crafts not only her independent artistry, but also provides design solutions to brands such as KLM, IKEA, Danskina and many more.  For more on Hella’s exhibition for the Design Museum, check out our CQ Interviews article.

What’s the work that is your design inspiration?

It is difficult to pinpoint any specific work, but it's usually some specific work of the designer/architect (mentioned above) or the thought process/design philosophy behind the design itself. It’s about saying- “hey! this is nice” or “I like the way he/she thinks about this”. 

A floor lamp, by Aziz Kachwalla

His switch from being a civil engineer to training to be a designer at NID, was seamless.

If we were to showcase any one of your recent projects, which one would it be?

It would be the work we did with a particular grade of plywood, called flexi-ply. The series of products is called the FPM Series. 

A Diwan from the FPM Collection

Greatly influenced by exposed materials, his very modern and contemporary designs inspire an odd sense of nostalgia.

 

The FPM Series

The series was a product of Aziz’s experimentation with plywood, or flexi-ply to be more accurate. The products are created such that all the grains of the various layers of the plywood are aligned in the same direction, allowing the plywood to bend along one axis, depending on the alignment of the said grains. 

The Divan`s detail

The series was a product of Aziz’s experimentation with plywood, or flexi-ply to be more accurate.

 
The bench

"There is a history within, and a sense of nostalgia."

The series consists of four pieces of furniture: a divan, a cabinet, a bench and a chair called Karizma. “The flexi ply is wrapped around a rigid metal frame - the frame becomes the skeleton and the plywood the body which gives the piece its volume and function,” elaborates Aziz Kachwalla. 

A chair from the FPM Collection

he products are created such that all the grains of the various layers of the plywood are aligned in the same direction, allowing the plywood to bend along one axis, depending on the alignment of the said grains.

Meet him in person, and get to learn from his expertise at the ‘What makes a chair, a chair?’ workshop, at ColourNext 2018 at India Design 2018. Also one of the winners of  Godrej Design Lab 2016, you can find out more via his Facebook page, or check out his website.