De­sign De­con­structed

Api­cal Re­form

India Today - - COVER STORY -

Apent­house on Judges Bun­ga­low Road can eas­ily stand out for its chic de­sign and swanky dé­cor—pat­terned screens, be­spoke art­works, eclec­tic light­ing and a sculp­tural stair­case that lends a dash of drama to the grey and white space. The brain be­hind this was Api­cal Re­form, a lead­ing ar­chi­tec­ture and de­sign firm in Ahmed­abad that’s known as much for its ar­chi­tec­tural ex­per­tise as it is for func­tional art. The fo­cus, they say, is on ex­plo­ration in de­sign— ar­chi­tec­tural, prod­ucts and in­dus­trial. “We use dig­i­tal fab­ri­ca­tion as one of our main tools. We use laser cut­ting in metal and com­puter nu­mer­i­cal con­trol rout­ing for metal and wood, water-jet cut­ting for wood, ce­ment sheets and glass," says Am­r­ish Pa­tel, 36, prin­ci­pal ar­chi­tect at Api­cal Re­form, who, along with Dar­shan Soni, a CEPT alum­nus, leads a team of young de­sign­ers

TREND CHECK Right now we are ex­plor­ing new meth­ods of de­sign ex­pres­sion, the lat­est be­ing pro­jec­tion map­ping—Ar­duino pro­gram­ming for in­stal­la­tions or func­tional art,” says Pa­tel.

THE BE­GIN­NING Their own stu­dio cam­pus on S G High­way is an ex­am­ple of eclec­tic de­sign. A work of func­tional art that par­tic­u­larly stands out is the Be­tula chair, a sin­u­ous struc­ture made of birch ply that’s high on aes­thet­ics and er­gonomics and rep­re­sents “fluid de­con­struc­tivism”. De­tails api­cal­re­

Dar­shan Soni (L) and Am­r­ish Pa­tel

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