Mandira Mallik sees life in various shades of grey. And it is this that has propelled the Delhi designer to express her creative instincts through her works in glass a medium which lends itself to a lot of experimentation. Glass keeps changing constantly. As an alloy of sand and silica, it moves from a very plastic stage to the final brittle stage, just like life which is never static, says the designer who is readying for the launch of her exclusive line called Manna Art later this month.
Starting off as a designer of home accessories wall art, vases and utility items Mandira now plans to try her hand at pure sculpture. Manna Art will cover sculptural and functional art forms to include pure sculpture, furniture and wall art and lighting devices. We will be incorporating other designers in our fold as we expand. The idea is to look at object dart made from slate, aluminium, iron, glass, copper and rubber, she says. The launch of the new line will coincide with an exhibition in the Capital titled Shades of Grey. Mandira has worked with several acclaimed designers like JJ Vallaya and David Tay of Singapore. Her works have imbibed an international look and are available at the best of stores across the world including Harrods and Selfridges.
Mandiras creations have also been showcased at the Paris Festival of India and Elle Art and Design Show. She has been the exhibition designer for YSL and Air-India in France.
When you work for the international market, you are part of a long chain. The creations are then subject to fashion trends and have to follow the clients brief. This sometimes results in the creation losing the designers exclusive signature, she says.
This was also one of the prime reasons behind launching her designer line. A great deal of attention is being paid not only to the design but also equally to the quality and finish of each product. Each piece will be a Manna original. The simpler the product, the more perfect it should be, says Mandira.
And it is to keep this promise, that Mandira is now looking forward to.