Founder and Cre­ative Di­rec­tor Knock On Wood, Chandi­garh and Delhi www.knock­on­wood.in

India Today - - COVER STORY / PEOPLE - By Mrini Dev­nani

Aarti Ag­gar­wal’s fur­ni­ture brand, Knock On Wood was born in her par­ents’ garage in the early 2000s with a few es­sen­tial tools and two work­men. Since then, Ag­gar­wal has de­signed, drawn, cut, sawed and chis­elled her way to suc­cess. She cel­e­brates the raw essence of wood through her time­less de­signs. Spe­cial­is­ing in chair de­sign from Dan­ish Skole of De­sign, Copen­hagen, Ag­gar­wal’s strong sen­si­bil­ity is a by-prod­uct of her in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure and love for In­dian art and cul­ture.

SMOOTH SAIL­ING It took Ag­gar­wal nine months to cre­ate Ketch, a bench from the For­est Col­lec­tion made from reused teak, oak and ash wood. The best part about this piece is all the dif­fer­ent wooden pieces fit to­gether flaw­lessly like a jigsaw puz­zle. It has an in­ter­est­ing boat-like shape which adds to its rus­tic qual­ity. As sparsely dec­o­rated fur­ni­ture is what Ag­gar­wal loves, she says, “This Diwali try to pick at least one time­less piece.” PRICE `2 lakh on­wards

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