Arjun Rathi is the principal of the self named multidisciplinary design practice operating from Mumbai, India. Established in 2011, the work has gained national recognition for its exploratory approach towards design processes.
Through the disciplines of Architecture, Landscape, Interior Design, and evolved concepts of ‘Psyche-tectural’ theory (psychetecturism being the conceptual ‘ism’ in which the city is constructed); the practice aims to innovative spatial forms that actively engage, enhance and influence the body, constantly challenging its relationship to the built environment.
Industrial Design Manifesto
Working at both ends of the design spectrum, from single pieces made together with craftsmen to mass produced objects developed in collaboration with manufacturers; the studio is not defined by a particular style, but rather by questioning objects while considering their context and cultural associations embedded in them. We take inspiration from everyday things, which by a simple twist, become something unexpected.
Each project proposes a simple solution that often involves a narrative aspect. The approach to design is hands on, practical and collaborative. Our designs look to experiment with materials and challenge processes that find application on commercial projects. We don’t tend to stick to a single style, favourite material or formula, but consider design as a craft, where deep understanding of materials, processes and user behavior serve as a knot. We try to bring a sense of simplicity, functionality and elegance to our work.
“Refrigerator Coffee Table”, 1st Place, Eco Arts Awards, USA, 2012
“Young Designer’s Award”, Products, Jasubhai Media, India, 2013
“The Refrigerator Coffee Table”, Art Umbrella, June, 2011
“The Wizard of Creativity”, Midday, March, 2012
“The Usual Unusual”, Home Review, April, 2012
“The Ambassador Lamp”, Inside Track, September, 2012
“Recycled Lighting”, Casaviva, October, 2012
“How about getting a little creative?”, Sobo & Beautiful, October, 2012
“Art in a Junkyard”, Mint Lounge, December, 2012
“Refrigerator Coffee Table“, Indian Architect & Builder, February 2013
“House to Home”, Times of Mulud Powai, Trends, February 2013
“Rock, PAPER, scissors…“, The Hindu, March 2013
“Casablanca: young and dynamic city in Morocco“, Landscape Me, Dubai edition, June 2013
“Creating beauty from junk” The Metrognome, August, 2013
“Media Facades – Intersections of Art and Architecture”, Frontale IAC Fensterbau, October, 2013
“The Lost Art of Origami“, Design Pataki, December 2013
“In pursuit of good design“, Deccan Chronicle, March 2014
“Andheri Based Architect Re-defining Urban Living“, DNA, April 2014
“Innovative Lighting Design from the Arjun Rathi Design Studio“, Redesign Revolution, April 2014
“The Versatility of Design“, Deccan Herald, January 2015