Chandlo Dressing Table by Doshi Levien
London Design Office, Doshi Levien was established in 2000 by Nipa Doshi & Jonathan Levien. A hybrid of different cultural backgrounds this partnership has led to a successful design brand who have crossed disciplines & industries with commissions for Moroso, Swarovski, Intel, Cappellini & now BD Barcelona. I’ve specifically picked out this piece, the Chandlo Dressing Table because it represents all that Doshi Levien are, fine craftsmanship & story telling.
Chandlo was designed for the 2012 Dan Haus project, an installation for the IMM Cologne. This piece (a prototype at the time) was a commission to design a piece that explored their vision of a perfect house. Chandlo was to be placed in the dressing room area of the exhibition space with a key point that it was to be viewed from all angles. The word Chandlo translated, refers to the small mark or disc that a Hindu woman wears on her forehead to represent her faith. This is symbolised here by the circular mirror. The other abstract components that make up this unit, are all based on the daily ritual of dressing & grooming.
Chandlo is made with a solid ash structure & tubular steel legs painted in brilliant green. A solid compact top is painted in a light grey using mixed natural minerals & polymers. The central circular mirror has a steel frame, painted res. The back of the mirror is black MDF with painted grid pattern. The side mirror is filtered rose. The jewellery box is in rosewood ply. The stool also has tubular steel legs, with a dark grey grid patterned upholstery.
I visited BD Barcelona’s Spanish design studio a few months ago, they’re one of my favourite design companies. They are collaborators, design makers & they also hold the manufacturing rights to some very important designers such as Salvador Dali & Antoni Gaudi. Ross Lovegrove, Jaime Hayon & Konstantin Grcic are also contributing designers. You can see more design pieces for sale at Discover&Deliver (www.discover-deliver.com).