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August 18, 2016

Redefining Furniture Design With Farzin Adenwalla

Text by Huzan Tata. Photograph by Prateek Patel

The New Zealand-born designer on her studio, Bombay Atelier

Rarely do you find someone who talks about chairs like they’re ingenious creations. But, from Winnow Stools to tables inspired by ‘cutting chai’ cups, she’s created them all. Thirty-year-old Farzin Adenwalla, who was raised in New Zealand, launched her own design studio Bombay Atelier four years ago, after a stint with ace architect Rahul Mehrotra. On her design philosophy, she says, “I’ve never made things to impress anyone, or to fit into a certain ideology. Go outside, read, meet new people — don’t take shortcuts. It’s all about being dedicated to your work.”

The graduate from Victoria University of Wellington loves that her job allows her to meet people from various fields. Working with traditional materials and adding a contemporary twist to each product remains her trademark. “One of my metal fabricators once told me, ‘You have an interesting mind and it’s an experience to be part of creating something with you’. That was significant as it shows the power of collaboration.” She appreciates those who combine functionality with aesthetics, and working with designers Yves Béhar from Fuseproject and Oki Sato from Nendo remain on her bucket list.

Farzin — who exhibited at Milan Design Week last year — has a simple mantra for success. “Be sure you constantly ask questions and learn from the people around you. If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room!”

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