In an endeavour to promote a sustainable and equitable manufacturing ecosystem, Orange Tree by Jodhpur-based furniture export enterprise Basant has recently launched ‘Break the Code – Live the Waste’ lighting collection.
“Orange Tree is dedicated to promote sustainable manufacturing practices through material-focused design and mindful production. In this collection, we wanted the focus to remain on the upcycled fabric, so as to celebrate the circularity of the design,” said Nikita Bansal, Head of Product and Retail, Orange Tree.
Created through experimentation with upcycled fabrics from eco-conscious label Doodlage, the collection includes 13 limited-edition objects. Manually shredded and meticulously revived fabrics adorn floor lamps, table lamps and hanging lamps that showcase Orange Tree’s signature aesthetic blend of global sensibilities with local artisanship. The original textures and patterns of the fabrics are preserved as whimsical geometric patterns.
“This is our first collaboration with a furniture brand, and through a marriage of décor and fashion we hope to create a more holistic circular economy. Sustainability requires hands-on involvement from both the design and artisans to ensure impeccable quality while staying as waste-free as possible,” – Kriti Tula, Co-founder, Doodlage.
The collection exhibits a blend of cool and warm tones, which are described as two distinct design narratives. Both Flake and Ants, created through experimentation with fabrics, are hand-woven from the residue of textile manufacturing. By recycling 400m of fabric, the collection has saved 10 lakh litres of water which would otherwise have gone towards the creation of virgin textile. The products also provided nearly 1000 hours of fair work to rural artisans.
Created from fabric scraps, Flake comes in pastel shades of blue and pink in uneven geometrical patterns forming a canvas of abstract impressionism. Antz is inspired by linear patterns that the eponymous insects create in nature. Rolled fabrics are embedded into the base weave to create a striking, exaggerated motif. The texture is accentuated by a delicate intervention of subtle linearity.
In its commitment to sustainable design, Orange Tree believes in implementing eco-conscious practices in all aspects of its production processes. Seventy percent of its operations are run on solar power, and water harvesting is also implemented at its factories. Moreover, the materials are all-natural and free of chemical adulteration.
By: Nisha Kapil