Multi-facets of Wood

Multi-facets of Wood

Jwalant Mahadevwala

Unlike in this contemporary world, wood was crowned in every home as a one’s pride furniture. Although today we come across such designs, its blurring its boundaries through many sculptural art work. ’s exceptional works of crafting wood a new language, exemplifies the multifarious adaption of this nature-centric material

India Design ID’15, New Delhi
The pavilion is conceived as a tower which creates a sense of cocoon when the viewer is ushered inside. The square form is carved from inside by an organic surface that creates an internal volume yet blends seamlessly with outside form.The idea behind this installation is to build a sensual surface which is permeable, which evokes emotions and explores the opulence of sustainable materials. In other words, the installation is the coming together of opposite but married worlds of form and fluidity, craft and technology.Through this work andblack has made a conscious attempt to deviate from mass production and explore the symbiosis of technology and artisans knowledge. There is a sense of localism in the fabrication of works of andblack’s work, yet at the same time it uses the latest digital tools and technology for building and team: Jwalant Mahadevwala, Kanika Agarwal Mahadevwala, Shailesh Gupta
project period: 2015

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Kanika Agarwal Mahadevwala

Vana Retreats, Dehradun
The ‘Wooden Screen’ was conceived to merge in the beautiful natural setting of the Vana Retreats in Dehradun. The idea was to create a screen such that it eventually becomes part of its surrounding landscape.

The screen is designed to be made in reclaimed wood and marine plywood. The main framed structure is in marine ply and the wooden shingles clad the framed structure to form a double curved surface. The reclaimed wood used is sourced from different places that help give the surface a subtle colour variation. All the wood-to-wood and wood-to-plywood connections are done with wooden pins. There is an attempt to minimize the use of any form of metal, hence only the junctions of the screen to the wall and the base are done with bespoke stainless steel connection pieces.

The form of the screen is such that it looks completely different from either side of the approach. Also the arrangement of the wooden shingles gives one view of a solid feel whereas from the other side it feels like a wooden jail. It is this interest in perceiving of the wooden screen that makes it more exciting than just a wood surface. The ageing of wood and the aesthetic changes it brings along with itself is something andblack celebrates as they believe it will further enrich their design intention.

design team: Jwalant Mahadevwala, Kanika Agarwal Mahadevwala, Jaspreet Singh
project period: 2014

Pune Biennale 2013, Pune
Wooden Foliage was a brainstorm of andblack Design Studio and Rooshad Shroff. The idea was to slice linear wooden logs into thin wooden discs and further connect the wooden discs and make something that would be fluid, light and flexible, in contradiction to woods original chunky form. Each of the wooden discs was designed to have 6 holes along its perimeter and these holes were then manually connected to each other by using plastic luggage ties, almost like stitching the wooden discs together.

At the end it was an extremely flexible, wooden cloth.  Strings were attached to it and it was finally raised from the ground by a team of more than 20 people. The wooden cloth, once installed became a canopy. It was simple, discreet and hidden in between the existing trees. It was called ‘wooden foliage’ as it provided shade just like a tree.

It did not stand out, it was neither rigid nor bold. It just hung there between the trees like natural green foliage and discreetly did what it was meant to do; provide shade.

architect: andblack design studio, Ahmedabad and Rooshad Shroff, Mumbai
design Team: Jwalant Mahadevwala, Kanika Agarwal Mahadevwala
project period: 2013


About the Designers
The philosophy of andblack design studio lies in designing the process that leads to the ‘solution’. They believe that the design process should be robust enough to inform all stages of design, from concept to detailing. They constantly challenge themselves to rethink these processes to suit the project. The studio has in its core to achieve energy efficiency that deploys intelligent systems and makes use of natural materials smartly. Jwalant Mahadevwala’s background in design research and generative processes combined with Kanika Agarwal Mahadevwala’s knowledge in sustainable architecture has given the firm its main ideology.
The architects draw their inspiration from complex interactions present in nature. The use of parametric tools and physical modeling are the primary ways of evolving their designs. They tend to use materials like metal, wood, bamboo, paper etc in ways they haven’t been explored generally in the larger context of design in India.