The Indian architectural practice Studio Mumbai, founded by Bijoy Jain in 2005, has developed a body of work that continues to reference aspects of both Indian and Western cultures. What sets the studio apart is a brilliant combination of tradition and modernity. Local resources and Indian craftsmanship form the basis for highly contemporary architectural designs. Thoughtful and uncompromising to the last detail, the architecture of Studio Mumbai shows a deep concern for the relationship between man and nature and insists on the importance of the genius loci.
The furniture by Studio Mumbai for MANIERA are a result of an ongoing process of refinement and study in material, form and function. The pieces take inspiration from traditional craftsmanship found across the world and emerge from a directness of approach between material and man, enabled by simple tools and manipulated with gestures of the hand.
The hand-made Dining Chair II in teak is available with bimal rope or cane woven around its angular frames. For the Biennale’s ‘Please, Have a Seat’ project MANIERA developed an upholstered version of the chair in collaboration with Cover & Couch. The rope is replaced by fabric from Belgian brand Bruder Fabrics specialised in sober natural linen fabrics with beautiful rustic textures.
Dimensions: L 54 x W 58 x H 80 cm, Seat: H 42,5 cm