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August 31, 2016

Meet Manasa Prithvi of Interior Design House Ira Studio

Text by Zaral Shah. Photograph by Sudhanva Atri

Manasa Prithvi’s Ira Studio creates products that are functional, and infused with tradition

In a world where things are often churned out by the dozen, this independent interior product designer and maker uses natural resources such as brass, copper and wood to create unique one-of-a-kind products. The founder of Ira Studio in Bengaluru, Manasa Prithvi says, “There is an undercurrent of beauty and poetry to these natural materials. Each piece is completely handmade in a simple, traditional and almost rudimentary way, but the outcome can be quite unique and elegant, and simultaneously functional.”

Manasa’s initiation into the world of arts and handicrafts can be traced back to her mother and grandmother and her early years at home where she was surrounded by handmade and vintage products. Her creative instincts were honed by the encouragement she received to make things on her own. Having showcased her work at the London Design Festival in September last year, the 27-year-old’s recent achievements include being featured in the Phaidon- published book Sār: The Essence of Indian Design. “This is the first time our work was published in a design book. This to me is an indication of how far I’ve come…. And it motivates me to go much further.”

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