Shining his way into an international event, Arjun Rathi recently showcased his work at the event “In Bed With Designers” in Hong Kong.
At Asia’s only boutique designer sleepover, In Bed With Designers, a number of hotel rooms are transformed into carefully curated caves of innovative products and beautiful creations. In bed With Designers, curated by buyMeDesign connects emerging visionary designers with passionate design lovers, media, and industry professionals and buyers in a relaxed and multi-sensory business and networking platform. Visitors have the chance to engage, interact, and even get into bed with designers!
Architect Arjun Rathi participated in this designer sleepover in Hong Kong held from the 9th to the 11th of May, which saw the participation of 50 designers from 14 countries. Arjun Rathi was the only Indian designer at the event, showcasing lighting, home décor and customised furniture designs, hand-crafted and fabricated in India.The designers setup their display in a cosy hotel room to showcase and sell their works. One of his products titled The Ambassador Lamp, an up-cycled multifunctional lamp using restored components of the Indian Ambassador car, was nominated three times for the Spot Design Award by the jury members reviewing the event.Also on display was the Royal Enfield Lamp which uses an old Royal Enfield motorcycle headlight. The headlight is customised with additional bolts and metal plates to add some weight to the fixture.The intent behind the Mumtaz Ring design comes from the legendary monument Taj Mahal and the inspirational story of the king and the queen which is an icon of true love. The ring is a tribute to the original first lady of all love tales.His creation, Frictional Origami hanging lights are customisable lights designed using modular origami techniques. This is another paper-folding technique that uses two or more sheets of paper to create a larger and more complex structure. Each sheet is folded into a unit and then built or assembled upon. The tension created in these insertions holds the model together while being completely recyclable.The other products displayed included the Trojan Horse Jewellery Box and The Sacred Geometry Temple Collection.
Arjun Rathi cleverly blends quirkiness, storytelling and a vibrant imagination to create striking design pieces, ranging from architectural projects to photography and product design. As Rathi puts it, “Our practice aims to create innovative spatial forms that actively engage, enhance and influence the body, constantly challenging its relationship to the built environment.”