Established by Manoj Patel in 2015, ‘MANOJ PATEL DESIGN STUDIO’ (MPDS) is a design firm that majorly focuses on sustainable building designs and restyling of the space with contemporary elucidation for design through exploration of waste and recyclable materials. Manoj Patel has been honoured and awarded for various acknowledgments by PAN INDIA, including “Young Practice of the Year” by Institute of Indian Interior Designers – IIID, LEXUS DESIGN AWARD INDIA. His several projects have also been recognized and published by international publications.
While designing the interior of a fashion boutique in Vadodara, Gujarat, Manoj Patel Design Studio showcased an innovative way of thinking about the waste materials- embracing the old to create the new. The firm has reinvigorated the waste materials through creative involvement and arranged them in a new conceptualized framework.
A vast palette of materials
The studio features a very appealing interior with all sorts of recycled materials.
For the project, materials were chosen in a palette of contrasting tones: waste clay roof tiles, waste beer bottles, damaged flooring tiles, recycled window shutters, unused sample tiles, fabric waste, waste metal rings and mirror-clad.
At the same time, the quality of these materials provides longevity with aesthetics.
The layout of this women’s retail studio combines two rooms across in graphics and material frames, giving different perspective when viewed from any edge.
The use of recycled materials makes this a cost-effective and environment responsive project alongside making it ideal for designing and cladding optical interior surfaces for pleasing ambience.
One’s attention is easily captured through the entrance gateway that wraps in two dark contrasting colours with a random pattern of mosaic bubbles leading to the central display area.
Reusing of waste clay tile pieces adds texture with some dramatic effect resembling the floor and ceiling interiors. Custom made earthy textured patterns on varied walls, refers to Indian saree Palav. And the ornamental Toran in the interior enhances the beauty of the boutique with the illusion of lights.
One of the hanging areas depicts an accent wall backdrop executed by reclaiming glass bottles giving a reflection of a necklace. The firm has assigned a new function to the reused shutter windows in monochrome theme, which adds an element to the display inside the material selection area.
Old seating is altered into a new outlook by reclaiming the fabrics available from the fashion designer. Old table legs are finely used as door handles and central hangings connecting with thin metal pipes. The geometry of circular rings overlaps one another forming a floral hook ends for hanging.
The arrangement of 2 mirrors, placed asymmetrically, creates an opportunity for two persons to access them simultaneously for viewing. The damaged tiles are meticulously punctuated as mosaics and inserted in floral patterns giving a stunning touch to the visual and contrasting concepts for the flooring.
These varied traditional and scrap materials have been exceptionally reused to change the monotonous boutique into elements of visual connectivity through compositions. The entire transformation attracts customers to the boutique and provides them unique experience while the distinctiveness of it instills the young boutique owner with a new form of energy.
Architect: Manoj Patel Design Studio
Site Area: 350 square feet
Client: Shefali’s studio
Location of the Project: Vadodara; Gujarat, India.
Design Team: Ar. Manoj Patel, Shivani Tamboli, Aishwarya Gupte, Sonu, Devanshi and Manali
Clay Cladding: Tarachand Prajapati
Photographs: Tejas shah photography
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