By Udita Chaturvedi Photography: courtesy Asad Firdosy Design |
Furniture designing did not happen by chance for Asad Firdosy. His ancestors were great furniture artists and Asad spent his childhood making wooden toys for himself.
In 2012, leading English daily called him “The Chairman” for his concept chair designs that are an amalgamation of creative thought and daily routine.
A qualified architect, Firdosy set up his design studio in 1994 and has since earned immense plaudits for design, finish, comfort, aesthetics and durability.
'Bharatnatyam' chair is one of his most interesting and mesmerizing pieces of artworks. Crafted in solid wood and wrapped in a beautiful silk costume, the chair “depicts the beauty of the attire and the expressive poses" of an Indian classical dancer.
Leaves hold his fascination. Inspired by the Ashoka tree, Asad’s 'Leaf chair’ is a concept chair that resembles two intersecting leaves as the seat and back of the chair. To give it a more natural texture, he has used indigenous teak wood and dyed it green.
‘The autumn leaf’ is another meticulously handcrafted piece, which guarantees comfort. As the name suggests, the seating sculpture is inspired by the dried and fallen leaves of autumn.
Asad's designs have revived the teak legacy and are a reflection of his inherent talent, originality of thought, and creativity retaining traditional ancestral values, quality and purity of its style. Like is observed in the asymmetric chair’ - a beautiful attempt to unite the colonial and the art & craft. The abstract and unconventional design of the chair defies symmetry, “yet gives it a sense of completeness and comfort”.
A man who thinks out-of-the-box, Asad extends his repertoire to designing the 'Mi-cycle' — an eco-friendly mode of transportation — to grab the attention of the youth in this age of motorization and modernization.
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