Vrinda Mathur

objects, spaces, stories

I was first introduced to the concept of design when my family was building a home in the forested hills of Kumaon in Northern India. I vividly remember the many summers we spent mulling over hand drawn blueprints or scouting the local markets in search of indigenous building materials. My day would set around a bonfire discussing Laurie Baker’s notable rat-trap bond, frugal ways of floor laying and designing wall finishes with broken glass. 
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Early age proclivity towards the arts led me on to pursuing my undergraduate degree in design at the National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi, India with a specialisation in Lifestyle Products. After a short stint in luxury lighting with Swarovski,  I volunteered to lend a helping hand at my parent’s humble furniture manufacturing setup. This step sowed a seed for my future endeavours as a design entrepreneur with the launch of Studio Wood, a boutique furniture and space design agency which I co-founded with my friends and fellow design enthusiasts, Sahej Bhatia and Navya Aggarwal in 2014.
The multidisciplinary nature of my practise has given me a voice in the growing design fabric of our country along with recognition from International platforms such as Wanted Design - New York and Salone Satellite - Milan to name a few; While I am grateful for the recognition received for my commercial body of work, I aspire to hone my creative abilities to analyse larger humanitarian problems and be able to test and adapt to global concerns of today and the coming ages.
Currently grappling with a Pandemic and attempting my academic leap of faith with a Masters in Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design. 
I will be spending the summer of 2021 as a RISD Maharam Fellow, working with Social Enterprise Greenhouse, a non profit based in Providence, RI to assist on projects in the realm of community empowerment through the lens of a changing climate. With the fellowship, I hope to bring voices of historically excluded and marginalised communities to the forefront and amplify systemic inequities that continue to weaken their stature as a stakeholder in climate action policies. Follow my journey on www.risdmaharamfellows.com.
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