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Vakr’s Lehar and Namiti Table Series Fuse Form and Function

10.31.23 | By
Vakr’s Lehar and Namiti Table Series Fuse Form and Function

Form yields function in the Lehar and Namiti table series by Delhi-based design studio Vakr, positioning the new collections somewhere between structural art and home furnishings. The two share contour language derived from Hindi and Sanskrit words meaning wave and fusion, respectively.

Concrete and rattan console set under wall art.

Inspired by the dynamics of structures under pressure, the furnitures’ solid elements – Lehar in concrete and Namiti of reclaimed wood – appear broken apart to reveal a rattan structure that holds them in visual tension. Each series comprises nearly ten pieces including various geometric coffee tables, consoles, wall shelves, and suspended surfaces.

Detail view of concrete and rattan console.

Detail view from above of concrete and rattan coffee table nested.

Suspended square concrete and rattan shelf.

Side detail view of the concrete and rattan coffee table nested.

Detail view of concrete and rattan coffee table.

Square and round concrete/rattan nesting tables.

Aerial angled view of round concrete and rattan coffee table.

While the forms are reminiscent of the architect Antoni Gaudi’s hanging chain models, Vakr’s unique construction technique and material palette are a proprietary blend. “The shape of the pieces was the biggest challenge,” says founder Devyani Gupta. “Maintaining the balance overall is integral while combining concrete with rattan. We dropped weights along the curve of the tensile parts to achieve the smoothness of the visible form. Afterwards, the design was further refined using computational methods.”

Angled view of concrete and rattan rectangular coffee table.

Plan view of square concrete and rattan coffee table.

Side view of square wood and rattan coffee table.

Side view of square concrete and rattan coffee table.

The rattan is sourced from Assam, a state in northeastern India, while the concrete composition is manufactured in-house. In addition to supporting indigenous arts and crafts, Vakr considers their local impact opting to use biodegradable materials for all prototypes and repurposing material with the goal to move towards a zero-waste policy. And an amalgam of residual foam and reusable wood are used in place of virgin packaging. Vakr delivers collectible design and contemporary statement pieces that prompt greater conversation about India’s craft culture while addressing the industry’s need for ecological responsibility.

Square and round wood/rattan nesting tables.

Aerial angled view of wood and rattan square coffee table.

Suspended undulated wood shelf.

A angled lifestyle shot of living space with seating, suspended shelf, and long coffee table.

For more information on the Lehar and Namiti series, visit vakrstudio.com.

Photography by Tejas Shah courtesy of Vakr Design Studio.

With professional degrees in architecture and journalism, Joseph has a desire to make living beautifully accessible. His work seeks to enrich the lives of others with visual communication and storytelling through design. A regular contributor to titles under the SANDOW Design Group, including Luxe and Metropolis, Joseph serves the Design Milk team as their Managing Editor. When not practicing, he teaches visual communication, theory, and design. The New York-based writer has also contributed to exhibitions hosted by the AIA New York’s Center for Architecture and Architectural Digest, and recently published essays and collage illustrations with Proseterity, a literary publication.