Outside / Inside | 2021
"What do you understand as a 'vessel'? What image comes to mind if I tell you to describe it?
Now, how far can you stretch that image? How far is too far?"
‘Outside/inside’ is an object made from pine needles that are open to the interpretation of use.
Inspired by wild grass, Outside/Inside gives the impression of growing from the surface it is kept on, bringing an outside piece of nature, inside. Using the material as is, it utilizes the natural properties of densely packed pine needles to grip the things put inside it.
The design reinterprets the conventional understanding of a 'vessel' from a round/square base with walls to organize objects efficiently, into an entirely new visual, haptic and functional experience. Breaking away from the clinical nature of modern product design, Its form allows the user to come up with their own unique ways of using the object, striking a sense of curiosity and discovery.
With Outside/Inside we try to bring value to a product with an under-explored material (pine needles). It is an effort to bring a new perspective on product design that goes beyond the “Normal”.
"It is an effort to encapsulate all the sensations that we had living amongst nature in Himachal Pradesh, into a single object. The smell of the pine forests, the sound of leaves rustling in a light breeze, the sensation of running your hand over a wheat field, how random things always get stuck in the wild grass on the river banks, how one can see the seasons change by the colour of leaves, that there is nothing constant in nature and everything is ephemeral."
This project was done in collaboration with Yashika Munjal (www.yashikamunjal.com).
Growing from the surface it is kept on.