Architecture + Design
Harshita Jhamtani always knew she wanted to be an architect. So she planned her life around her ambition to make it happen.
AS A STUDIO, WE BELIEVE THAT THE MOST SUSTAINABLE PRACTICE FOR A DESIGNER TO ADAPT, IS TO CREATE PRODUCTS THAT THEIR PATRONS CAN CHERISH FOR A LONG TIME. WE BRING THIS VERY DREAM TO LIFE BY CREATING LONG-LASTING UNIQUE PIECES THAT SHALL TAKE A SMALL STEP TOWARDS ACCELERATING THE LOW CARBON ECONOMY.”
Her eponymous studio Harshita Jhamtani Designs is just a year old. But in a rather short span of time, the young architect-turned-designer has added to repertoire an extensive range of products. Her choice of materials, her explorations with forms, her commitment to sustainability, Jhamtani’s clarity of thought reflects in her designs. “As a studio, we believe that the most sustainable practice for a designer to adapt, is to create products that their patrons can buy once and cherish for a long time. We bring this very dream to life by creating long-lasting unique pieces that shall take a small step towards accelerating the low carbon economy,” says the designer. She stormed into the decor scene with the Earth Collection – a series of handmade table lamps in clay inspired by the organic forms of nature.
She credits this collection to the lockdown during which she taught herself to use a potter’s wheel. “That’s when I began to explore ceramics,” says the designer who studied architecture in Mumbai but moved on to pursue a course in furniture design from the Florence Institute of Design International. “I like to work with materials that can be worked on by hand. I believe every product should be unique. I am not one for mass manufacturing. So, we end up working with materials like clay and terrazzo which is stone based and not cement based. Sustainability also plays a huge role in our material selection,” says the designer who’s currently experimenting with clay, terrazzo and recycled plastic.
“WE CREATE PRODUCTS BY BLENDING SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS WITH MINIMALIST DESIGNS THAT HAVE STRONG SILHOUETTES AND ARE FUNCTIONAL AT THEIR CORE. OUR STYLE FOCUSES ON MAKING TIMELESS PIECES THAT HAVE A SOUL.”