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Crafted with care

The furniture on display at Bimba reveals the designer's distinct eye for detail

AT BIMBA'S latest furniture exhibition, it's not just beds and stools on display, but artist Depikka Nagaraj's passion for the artistic process. The resulting pieces, therefore, are only the final outcome of this creative process. "I want people to understand what went behind every detail," says Depikka of Bimba. "So that, when they take an object home, it has an added value and they can own it with pride," she adds.

Unusual materials

The furniture has been created from an unusual combination of materials. A pulley balancing two planks makes a small shelf; automobile springs and an antique bullock cart seat have been used in coffee tables. A dasavatar panel is counterbalanced with a single wrought iron spiral and topped with glass.

Bimba makes a conscious effort to avoid getting slotted. Each piece takes time to be created. Design is not sacrificed for time or cost. Depikka waited for months for a cross sectional plank of a South African padauk. Now converted into a table, the two contrasting stripes of the inner layers of the bark are evidence of why Bimba's philosophy is worth adopting.

Visitors can spend as long as they want admiring the store. Over here, no one will suggest innocently that the shelf you have been admiring is `quite reasonable and will make a perfect addition to your home'. Instead, Deepak, the co-proprietor, will happily spend hours discussing design evolutions, the artists and their philosophy.

Despite having a resident artist, Bimba has an open invitation for all creative people to join its little movement. Any artist, creatively `disadvantaged' by the standardisation and commercialisation of art, can display his work for free. Thus cards made by an old age home resident, fabrics by a master weaver from Orissa and cute terracotta frogs from Karnataka sit alongside Depikka's creations.

It is this intimate experience with the craft, the artists and the visitors that Bimba is protective about. Even the coffee I am served is on a small tray arranged with a peacock feather. The same thoughtful detailing is evident in each piece of Depikka's furniture.

Bimba is located at Srinagar Colony, Saidapet.

MEERA MOHANTY

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