Mumbai-based Arjun Rathi Design, well known for its unique light collections that merge art, design, and function, has unveiled the latest series of lights-The Wanderer, an installation designed for a fine-dining Pan-Asian restaurant called Kembara, in Hyderabad, India.

Project Name: The Wanderer
Studio Name: Arjun Rathi Design

Project Interior Designer: Atelier Padmini Pandey
Photo Credit: Arjun Rathi Design

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Taking inspiration from the shapes of Pan-Asian food, the 42-meter-long lighting installation comprises over 300 hand-crafted wooden pieces using the Channapatna craft, combined with hand-blown glass, flowing through the volume of the restaurant. The installation forms the main focal point and lighting source for evenings to create a soft ambient dining experience.

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Channapatna craft is a beautiful art form that originates from the town of Channapatna in Karnataka, India. This traditional craft is known for its vibrant colors and exquisite designs, and is made entirely by hand using simple tools. The artisans who create these works of art use a unique technique that involves turning blocks of wood on a lathe, shaping them into delicate shapes, and then polishing them to a smooth finish. The wood used for Channapatna craft is typically sourced from the local area and is sustainable and eco-friendly.

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The colors used in Channapatna craft are bright and eye-catching, and are made from natural dyes. The artisans use a technique known as lacquering to apply these colors to the wood, giving the finished products a glossy, polished appearance. The designs of Channapatna craft are often inspired by nature, with motifs such as flowers, birds, and animals adorning many of the pieces. These designs are carefully carved into the wood, creating intricate patterns that are both beautiful and unique. Channapatna craft is a true testament to the skill and creativity of the artisans who create it. With its vibrant colors, exquisite designs, and unique techniques, it is a truly special art form that continues to captivate and inspire people around the world.

About Arjun Rathi Design

Arjun Rathi Design is a multi-disciplinary studio working across Architecture &amp, Lighting Design. Many of us spend most of our time living and working in different environments lit by artificial light. As a studio, we aim to interpret space through the lens of lighting, design fixtures, and installations that can capture our imagination and inspire us in these spaces. Working on both ends of the design spectrum, from single pieces made together with craftsmen to mass-produced objects developed in collaboration with the manufacturers; the studio is not defined by a particular style, but rather by questioning objects while considering their context and cultural associations embedded in them. We take care of each project phase, from on-site visits, exploratory studies, design, and technical drawings to the final production and space atmosphere. Depending on the commission, we either design with a specific space in mind, or we work detached from it, sometimes resulting in a product usable in various spaces. The final product and accessories are always produced in our manufactory, and therefore quality certified.


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