Art of the mat­ter


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Fur­ni­ture de­sign­ers cre­ate ob­jects to fur­nish homes and busi­nesses. Both util­i­tar­ian and cre­ative, their creations range from a sim­ple stool to a com­plex ob­jet d’art. They seek em­ploy­ment ei­ther as in­de­pen­dent de­sign­ers or as com­mer­cial de­sign­ers, work­ing within or for a com­pany or man­u­fac­tur­ing firm. An in­de­pen­dent fur­ni­ture de­signer can work si­mul­ta­ne­ously across net­works — with ar­chi­tects, in­te­rior de­sign­ers, en­trepreneurs, in­dus­tries, de­sign stu­dios, re­tail, etc. Work­ing within a larger cor­po­rate com­mu­nity, th­ese de­sign­ers cre­ate de­signs based on com­pany spec­i­fi­ca­tions or ne­ces­si­ties for mass pro­duc­tion and very sel­dom will do some­thing for their own cre­ative sat­is­fac­tion. This ca­reer has phe­nom­e­nal scope as it is still a very nascent in­dus­try in In­dia. At the same time, it is con­stantly evolv­ing and one has to con­tinue learn­ing

CLOCK­WORK 10am: Start work which in­volves sketch­ing and work on pro­to­types and in­stal­la­tions. Con­tinue work­ing till 3pm, client meet­ings, or ven­dor meet­ings in the of­fice take place within this pe­riod 4pm: Visit dif­fer­ent work­shops or man­u­fac­tur­ing lo­ca­tions 8pm: Re­turn home

THE PAY­OFF Trainee ap­pren­tice: R10,000 to R12,000 a month Ju­nior de­signer: R20,000 a month De­signer in a firm: R25,000 a month De­sign di­rec­tor: R75,000 a month In­de­pen­dent de­signer: R80,000 a month (but can vary tremen­dously, plus, nei­ther in­come, or ex­penses are fixed) SKILLS/TRAITS An eye for de­tail and a mind for ideas Knowl­edge of in­dus­trial pro­duc­tion sys­tems and/or of craft sys­tems, in­clud­ing thor­ough knowl­edge of ma­te­ri­als and fin­ishes An un­der­stand­ing of ar­chi­tec­tural/in­te­rior spa­ces

GET­TING THERE One needs to com­plete one’s grad­u­a­tion in ar­chi­tec­ture and then go on to spe­cialise in fur­ni­ture de­sign from a re­puted in­sti­tute IN­STI­TUTES AND URLS Na­tional In­sti­tute of De­sign, Ahmed­abad In­dus­trial De­sign Cen­tre at IIT Bom­bay Rhode Is­land School of De­sign PROS AND CONS Flex­i­ble scale of pro­duc­tion Quick turn­around of projects Al­lows for in­di­vid­ual ex­pres­sion Recog­ni­tion is not so easy to come by Not many peo­ple to pay for this ser­vice In­dia’s fur­ni­ture in­dus­try is in the process of ma­tur­ing. It will be a while be­fore it draws upon in­dige­nous de­sign. Re­tail en­trepreneurs pre­fer im­port­ing fur­ni­ture, rather than nur­tur­ing in­dige­nous sys­tems of de­sign and pro­duc­tion


In the mak­ing: In­dia’s fur­ni­ture in­dus­try is still at a nascent stage. This leaves a lot of work to be done and of­fers enor­mous scope for new de­sign­ers

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