Rocking lounge

de Yashesh Virkar | INDIA

For the Prix Émile Hermès, his Rocking lounge is a curvacious piece of outdoor furniture, made entirely of bamboo – the archetypal eco-friendly material. The piece exploits bamboo’s essential properties to create a highly aesthetic, eco-friendly form.

Yashesh Virkar

Yashesh Virkar (aged 30) lives and works in his home city of Mumbai, India. He studied product design at the Raffles Design School in Singapore, and collaborated widely before focusing on a solo career in design and interior architecture in 2012, under the Yasanche label. He is fascinated by artisan expertise, one-off pieces with a high emotional value, and eco-friendly design.

The inspiration for your project?

The poor-quality design and aesthetic of outdoor furniture today. There is a clear lack of eco-friendly products and techniques in this important global market, and a universal recognition of the need to do better. I wanted to develop a range of curvaceous furniture, without using conventional materials like plastic or metal. I chose to work in bamboo (which I had never used before), drawing on its essential, structural and decorative characteristics alike.

Being a designer today means…?

Being responsible for creating objects that are long-lasting and hence attractive to future generations. And striving to make a place for India as a leading player in the design world.’

A vision of ‘Time to yourself?

A luxury we all desire passionately.

photos Marc Domage © Fondation d'entreprise Hermès, 2014