Événement: Ceremonial Pieces by Studio Mumbai

The Indian architect Bijoy Jain unveils a series of furniture under the banner of Studio Mumbai for the exhibition "Ceremonial Pieces" presented at the gallery Maniera from Brussels (Belgium) until August 24. A collection borrows an apparent fragility entirely handmade, reflecting the meticulous work of simple materials so dear to their creator.

True alchemist of contents, Bijoy Jain reveals twenty-five pieces of original design in the Brussels gallery Maniera, three years after having presented his first creations, made with local artisans of Studio Mumbai, which he himself founded in 2005.

At the crossroads of cultures, each element made by his acolytes of the studio - daybed, side table, lamp etc. - is the fruit of artifacts with various influences, drawn from local know-how, from ancient Egypt or Japan.

Thus, the seats designed in bamboo connected by silk ropes pose in majesty alongside a console plywood decorated with Washi paper, while the Cubic Chair Brutalist lines, carved in a block of stone found on the ruins of a building site, is covered with clay giving it an unfinished appearance.

For what is special about these furniture to spare style, the use of simple materials like rice husk - the envelope of grains - natural pigments, cow dung or wood recycled.

In other words, give them mud they would make gold.

To learn more, visit the gallery website maniera

Photographs: Jeroen Verrecht

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