Understand Soft geometry Core aesthetics this week DMTV milkshake Result, the hint is in the name. “We design and manufacture furniture and objects for the home around the central theme of softness,” says Utharaa Zacharias, who founded the studio in 2018 with her personal and creative partner Palaash Chaudhary. in San Jose, California, and Kochi, India – and at the same time works like her wafer-thin translucent lamp Elio (named after Timothée Chalamet’s figure in Call Me By Your Name) and the coffee table Donut, which is deceptively soft despite its deceptive softness made of “layers and Whirling from hardwood that was once thrown away ”. The Elio is a voice controlled smart lamp inspired by frosted sugar jellies and hand cast in textured resin. We asked them what they taught while designing the Elio: “I think first and foremost I learned how to work with resin as a new material,” says Utharaa. “We started the lights exactly at the time of the lockdown so we suddenly had no access to a store and had to change the way we work, especially with regard to working on a smaller scale and the selection of materials and tools that we still had access to At home. Much of that initial time was spent figuring out the material and trying to make it do exactly what we wanted and trying to make it appear soft. It was a lot of experimentation and prototyping and just trying to find the right shade and translucency. “
In this milkshake, too, we talked to the two of them about the most valuable object in their studio, how (and whether) they manage to separate their private life from their professional life, and we imagine a virtual gallery for Uncertain Times that they can use during the Have created lockdowns. “We had the idea for an imaginary gallery with this very conceptual work, so we presented the idea to a group of people we admired and followed from all over the world – and to our shock, many of them answered yes,” says Utharaa. After exchanging proposals from eleven of their colleagues in nine countries for the first time last May, the two opened their submissions to the public and received hundreds of ideas. “Overall, it was just an incredibly great opportunity to get in touch with people at a time when we were physically isolated from each other.”
Diana Ostrom, who has written for Wallpaper, Interior Design, ID, The Wall Street Journal, and other media outlets, is also the author of Faraway Places, a newsletter about travel.
Milkshake, the first regular series from DMTV (Design Milk TV), shakes up the traditional interview format by asking designers, creatives, educators and industry experts to randomly select interview questions from their favorite bowl or container. In their open discussions, you will not only get an insight into their personal housewares collections, but also valuable insights into their work, their lives and their passions.