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Sunder Nursery, Nizamuddin, New Delhi

From graphic and product design, painting and metal crafting, Sahil & Sarthak are specialists in designing and fabricating bespoke furniture, lights and products that are Indian in spirit yet global in appeal. The duo behind the eponymous venture have studied furniture and spatial design in Milan, Italy, which is clearly reflected in their final products; be it an eclectic tabletop accessory, a grand installation on a building's facade or a colourful hand-woven chair made out of fabric trimmings. As a team, they believe in celebrating traditional Indian crafts by way of using local elements, and interpreting, re-contextualizing and handcrafting them to create contemporary products. They keep experimenting with a mix of mediums such as metal, glass, textiles and pottery, celebrating the relationship behind deign and culture. In many of their creations, the concepts they present is a dialogue between mythology and the present way of life, seen through the prism of design and art. Developed as part of the Zero Kilometer Design concept,The Katran Collection by Sahil & Sarthak is an effort to weave ethics, ethnic and ecology with contemporary culture. Katran in Hindi means small pieces of leftover colourful cloth which is the by-product of cloth mills. These same cloth pieces are collected by farmers during their off seasons and spun into ropes and sold for the purpose of weaving traditional Indian day beds (Khatiyas). The team uses this vibrant material in an innovative way to create a collection of contemporary furniture and products that are sustainable and beautiful, having a high perceived value and a Glocal (Global + Local) appeal. Sahil & Sarthaks work has been showcased at various international design platforms such as the V&A Museum London, the Triennale Museum Milan and more recently at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg. They have won various accolades for their work which has been published in various international journals and design think tanks. The Katran Love Chair was awarded the Best Product by the India Design Forum 2013. One of their latest addition to the Katran collection is the Katran Rocking Chair, which will be on display at the new Victoria & Albert Museum in Shekou, China.