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Mola 

by Suman & Poulami Biswas | INDIA

Mola is a seat designed as a maternal cocoon, inspired by Jamini Roy’s painting Mother & Child, showing a child sitting on its mother’s lap, wrapped in her sari. The seat is conceived as a retreat offering comfort and protection, made entirely from eco-friendly bamboo fibres.

Suman & Poulami Biswas
sumanbiswas81@gmail.com & poulamib1988@gmail.com

This Kolkata-based design duo (aged 32 and 25) creates modular furniture and kitchens sold through their own boutique, Space Tale Designs. The pair are currently working on a new furniture and accessories label, Ponytale, promoting hand-crafted pieces in collaboration with artisans from across India.

The inspiration for your project?

Our inspiration is a painting by Jamini Roy, called Mother & Child. It shows a child sitting on its mother’s knee, wrapped in her sari. The picture evokes the feeling of a maternal cocoon. If a painting can transcribe emotions in that way, why not an armchair? This question was the starting point for Mola – a seat that offers not only physical comfort, but an innate sense of well-being. Our stressful modern lives often leave no room for objects with a high emotional content. Clothes are our second skin, and our beds, armchairs and sofas come just one step behind, as extensions of our bodies. Furniture should offer more than mere practicality. The Mola chair is an attempt to break through that barrier, and become more than a straightforward item of furniture.

Being a designer today means…?

Being free. We consider our work a privilege. It’s not always easy, but when we create something, or when we are in a creative mood, we happily spend all night working on a protoytpe, and forget all the difficulties. For us, comfort is not merely physical – it’s emotional, too. Clothes are our second skin, and our beds, armchairs and sofas function similarly as extensions of our bodies. Furniture should offer more than mere functionality.

A vision of ‘Time to yourself’?

A moment – it might be an hour or a second – during which we choose to focus on our innermost desires.

photos Marc Domage © Fondation d'entreprise Hermès, 2014