WeaveX 1.2: HypeX


YEAR: 2019



Cane or rattan furniture is a traditional and familiar craft of indigenous interior design in India. This craft, passed down from generation to generation, uses locally-sourced, biodegradable material, and is a relic of rich cultural significance that we are adapting to addresses pressing issues of environmental concern and sustainability using traditional technology that has evolved and been perfected over decades. The skills and know-how of the cane craft has been concentrated to furniture design, art, craft and household accessories fabricated and sold by small-scale industries. With an aim to explore the structural and geometric capabilities of this material, its methods and techniques beyond the traditional, DesignAware and ard ارض have come together to collaborate on a series of urban installations for Hyderabad Design Week, made using locally-sourced cane, which creates a dialog between parametric design and the vernacular design, in a strong attempt to promote a contemporary approach to the craft of cane design, and to realize its significance in a world of depleting resources.


is a series of urban interventions in the form of installations, sculptures and pavilions proposed for installation around the city of Hyderabad during the first-ever Hyderabad Design Week 2019 and the 31st World Design Assembly. These design experiments explore the possibilities of using vernacular methods adapted to complex geometries and minimal surfaces. Apart from design experiment, WeaveX aims to raise awareness about vernacular construction methods and their potentially significant role in sustainable and responsible design and architecture. Moreover, another layer of meaning is assigned as we investigate deeper into the use of these design installations and their significance derived from the rich history of scientific temper and research in mathematics in India.

is a versatile installation derived from a hyperbolic paraboloid. Straight lines are turned at varying angles to create a twisted surface that appears to be curved. Standing on two corners, HypeX serves as an inviting archway and creates possibilities of multiple user interactions from various distances, connecting the urban precincts of Khairatabad, Somajiguda and Panjagutta.

In collaboration with ard dubai for Hyderabad Design Week

Fabrication partner: Bombay Cane Works
Photography: Ka Ku


in collaboration with ard