Portfolio by Kriti Chaudhary
Dear 0 Deer
Re-culture, a design collaboration between Kriti Chaud-hary and Rohan Chhabra. Kriti is a ceramicist and product designer and Rohan is trained in Fashion and Industrial design. As a team, they believe in ideas that are generat-ed through the design process and culture at large. In their products, they aim to achieve a combination of enlighten-ment and enchantment by re-culturing the language of everyday things. Projecting personalities onto inanimate objects to encapsulate a sense of playfulness and ambigu-ity. Making strange to encourage people to rethink the normal and promote a critical consciousness, playful as
opposed to a didactic experience.
Dear o Deer is an indoor / outdoor ceramic planter that works on the juxtaposition of the dead and the living. This planter borrows its visual language and decorative value from an animal trophy and makes reference to the reward system associated with hunting. It questions the ethics embodied in hunting and reminds us of the ultimate source of this potencythe act of slaying a living creature and
transforming it into a decorative accessory.
Soil / water
Outlet for Excess water
A.I.DAnimals in danger
Project A.I.D stands for Animals in Danger. Illegal poaching and human population pressure are threatening the surviv-al of many animal and plant species. The project aims to challenge and construct conversations about the issue
and attempt to reform it at the same time.
A.I.D is a menswear collection of apparel and accessories, empowering people to make a dierence and contribute to help save endangered wildlife as part of the sales reve-nue is directed as funds to international wildlife protection foundations. In the collection, everyday life menswear jacket silhouettes like hoodie, blazer, field jacket are made
reversible to transform into rescue jackets.
Each jacket represents an endangered species and the animal is embedded and constructed into the jacket. This transformation is a metaphor of aid and at the same time functional for an urban environment. The backpack in the collection is symbolic of first aid kit and reminds us that we need to protect these animals and maintain the ecological
balance of our planet.
A.I.D BACKPACKMaterials :Waterproof PVCNylon lining
ANIMALS IN DANGER
Reversible Gorilla Hoodie
Reversible Gorilla HoodieMaterials :Cotton fleecePolyknit Cotton rib 1x1Trims - Refelective tape
Reversible Gorilla Hoodie
ANIMALS IN DANGER
Reversible Snow Leopard Jacket
Reversible Snow Leopard Filed JacketMaterials:Wool Waterproof nylonTrims - Refelective tape
Reversible Snow Leopard Jacket
Nature and the passage of time form the core ideas of this series of ceramics. It draws inspiration from the natural processes around us like erosion and changes through time and nature. The ceramic pieces strive to evoke the ideas of marks and traces left behind by these natural geological processes, a build up of sedimentary layers and patina over a passage of time & the varied land forms created by
erosion and deposition over the course of time.
This project involved experimenting with the ceramic surface, a delib-erate non-use of glaze in an attempt to achieve a more natural look and retain the surface quality of clay. It makes use of alternative firing techniques like smoke pit firing and saggar firing in order to develop unique markings on the ceramic objects. These ceramic surfaces with flashings of colour are an evidence of a literal passage of time during the smoke firing process, emphasising on the history of creation of
The surfaces, marks, textures, scratched, scraped or drawn by forces in nature tend to reveal hidden layers of narrative and oer a unique visual experience that reflect its creation, and impart to it a sense of history. The ceramic pieces are mostly wheel thrown or press mould-ed porcelain forms. The vessels act like a canvas for developing a certain surface quality, though intervening with the structure of clay
often by addition of materials into the clay body.
Design concept proposal for a modular bus shelter to be installed by JC Decaux in Pragati Maidan, a heavy trac area in New Delhi. The objective was to make a landmark improvement in the aesthetics of the bus shelter while making it functionally feasi-ble and convenient, for the masses as well as the
physically disabled users.
The design aims at being user friendly, making the waiting experience more comfortable, convenient and safe. The shelter design also aims at being vandal-proof and being a self-sustainable unit
harnessing solar energy.
JC Decaux bus shelter
Perforated stainless steel bench with backrest. Perforations allow air circulation keeping the bench cool and dividers discourage sleepers at night
Transit information including local map, route map, time schedule
LED illuminated double sided panels, witha nominal thickness of 30mm,LEDs consume less power and provide uniform illumination
Silicon solar cell panel mounted on rooftop making it an environment friendly and sustainable design
Handrails acting as guards on either side of the ramp
Signage illuminated panel provides visibility at night & LED board with real time information makes travel easier for passengers; LED strip lighting provides adequate light so passengers feel secure
Payphone with charging station provide users value added services for their convenience
Pol ished concrete t i les with the s t r e n g t h & d u r a b i l i t y o f concrete with a finished polished look of vitrified tiles
Stainless steel structure provides the shelter strength and durability, resistance to weather,graffiti & vandalism while giving it a modern sleek look.
Translucent polycarbonate roofing provides thermal insulation while allowing some amount of light to enter and concealing the solar panels on rooftop.
Ramp for providing access to wheelchair users, making it a disabled friendly & responsible design. Ramp design of 1:20 slope further eases the trip of anyone with difficulties negotiating grade changes
A curb height of 380 mm making it compatible with the soon-to-be- introduced low floor buses, with contrasting yellow & black curbstones
Tactile tiles to aid the visually disabled: directional tiles to guide in wayfinding and warning tiles as a warning of a hazard
Aesthetically designed stainless steel trash receptacles anchored to the ground are vandal-free and are p i v o t e d f o r e a s y t r a s hremoval.
Double sided internally illuminated display panels provide space for advertising and public welfare messages. The bus shelter being widelya public utility space serves a perfect spotfor giving out social messages
This project is based on the idea of Up-cycling. Upcycling, also known as creative reuse, is the process of transforming by-products, waste materi-als, useless and/or unwanted products into new materials or products for better environmental value hence increasing the life of the material. The scrapyard at Auroville is used a resource for this project, to transform automobile junk into playful
Innovation with waste
Classic Scooter ChairThe Bajaj Scooter Chassis transformed into a chair
Rim StoolThis concept using scrap bike rims has a simple and cheap production process.
Rim ChairUsing bike rims for legs that can be easily dismantled and assembled.
The moonflower is a concept for an interactive lamp that interacts with the surrounding levels of illumination as well as the user. It is meant to be both evocative and poetic and is essentially noctur-nal lifeless during the day, it starts glowing as the
light fades and is at its brightest in the dark.
Each origami flower prototype uses one pair of white LEDs and are made using gateway sheets to diuse the light generated from each flower & create a soft glow. It makes use of light sensors & two breadboards hooked up in a way that LED's would emit a certain magnitude of light in response to the light measured by the sensors. The circuit prototype allows the lamp to automatically adjust its illumination in response to the change in the
Moonflower CASE STUDY
"Aangan"Taking inspiration from "Vaastu" , an Indian School of Thought on Architecture to build a workspace around light rather than a light around the work-space. This idea is commonly incorporated in the architecture of any traditional Indian house where the "aangan" is this central source of light.
It juxtaposes a traditional Indian house with one that is built along more modern lines. The Indian house has a skylight that allows natural light that illuminates the home. These homes are ubiqui-tously found in South India and in some parts of North West India like, Rajasthan and Gujarat.
Documentation of the Research and Prototyp-ing to build an interactive LED LampProject at Srishti School of Art, Design & Tech
Initial ideas for the lamp:
MoonflowerConcept inspired by the philosophy of Vaastu" which talks about eliminating all dark corners in a house. The moonflower lamp lights up areas around it that are dark & automatically