About The Video
There is an exhibition of product design at KOEL
if you see the definition of product, it is anything which can be used by the people
on the basis of that, I contacted different architects, artists and designers
and requested them to design one such usable item
which can be used at home easily.
From coat hangers to bench to glasses to jewelry items as well as lamps, all are there
and the good thing about it is they are designer pieces
they are one-offs we always look at the art pieces,
paintings and sculptures at the galleries
it is a bit different as we have asked people to design the products.
Sonia Rehman Qureshi
This is an amazing collection from Arshad Faruqui
and it is an honor having the opportunity to work with the people involved.
and one of the most intersting things is the impressive collaboration
there are architects, designers, jewelry makers, fashion designers
all coming together and creating this collection.
I would like to talk about my piece, the name of my company is Subcontinent
and I restore funiture. This table is 120 to 150 years old
and I think that these days swings are not that common in houses
so our aim is to allow people to appreciate the antiques while also making use of them.
That’s why I give them a contemporary finish.
The work I have been doing has been inspired by the work of Zaha Hadid architect
who I worked for in London. The work deals with forms which imply movement
that have a certain sense of fluidity which have an organic nature
and the organic nature I have been trying to capture in my work
not only in the architectural terms but also in terms of product design and lighting.
My name is Andre’ Meyerhans and I am representing my artwork here at KOEL Gallery in Karachi to Art TV, thank you very much for that opportunity
and I would like to introduce you to the “Astrologer”
it is a prototype piece of jewelry which I have designed
based on a newly invented Arabic pattern, Muslim pattern
that revolves around theme of stars and you have 04 pieces in the entire set
and they actually go into each other.
You have the bangle, you have the collier that will set inside the bangle
then you have earrings, which can be put together
and then inserted into the collier and on top of it.
You have the ring that builds the center, the pattern is complete only in one position
it means you can rotate like an astrologer would do according to bringing the stars aligned
and the pattern will be complete over all 04 items
so that is the reason why it has been called the “Astrologer”.
the piece is made in 925 silver with Swiss Blue Topaz
and they are set in round stones and marquise stones to increase the luster.
We are presenting our lamps over here not just lamps
there are different products and they are all made out of concrete.
We are a Lahore-based firm and we experiment with products a lot
and we showed in Lahore in December
and now we have brought this exhibition to Karachi.
When I was approached to work on this exhibition
I decided that I wanted to do something which was very technology-based
but had an element of design where it helped make the technology more emotional and I tried to explore how technology around can be more like us.
it could have emotions, it could feel bad one day, it could have some flaws
so I created the light that needed space and the light which looks like a lamp from far
as you come closer, it starts switching off on the side that you are
so it doesn’t really want you near, so the farther you are
the brighter the light is, if a lot of people hurdle around it then completely shuts off
so it’s sort of a socially awkward lamp to put it easily.
This is actually a part of an installation which had happened in Dubai and London
and name of this installation was “Dallaan”
in which we were exploring the ideas of our childhood games
the games we have played in our childhood and this specific piece was one of its parts
we were six designers including a graphic designer,
textile designer, fine artists and ceramic artist
together, we created an installation that was named “Dallaan”
and this is also a part of that; this table is inspired by the “Marbles”
“Marble” which is used
the game which is played in our region, it’s made out of it and the same grit
and the idea is the game, it’s a center piece and which brings people together
and you can play flexible games on it which are played all around the world
and we have created few games based on it because our games are similar
they don’t have any fixed rules, they are very flexible
So we have kept it like that. The wood used was “Sheesham”
and the idea was to keep the concept of the found object intact
so it’s one piece of log which has been used
and we have tried to show the tradition which is the work of our inlay
but in a very contemporary manner.
So the name of today’s show is “Product”
which means any object that can be used
I work in ceramics so my work is placed on the back.
If you have seen disposable objects plastics cups and tin cans
so I took them and created shapes in ceramic
and these items can be used for drinking tea and other similar things.