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VAIBAV BADRI portfolio


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CONTENTS kyaai umesh ashwin prototype : nakshathra

rajalakshmi & narayanan prototype : irumbu vignesh & yasvant

prototype : valaivu

rajeswari & srinivasan prototype : valaivu II porur residence guindy office

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a a existing layout - 3.3m x 3.4m b room before intervention c existing material palette

A bedroom in a beach facing apartment in Chennai required furniture to improve the function of the space. The requirement was to fit in a study area , storage for books , electronic devices and other day to day utilities. Due to a tight budget the program demanded not to have any changes in the existing finishes and electrical switch / light points in the room. However , with that in mind , a simple , straightforward and logical approach was implemented in providing the solution. 4


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01 KYAAI completed furniture intervention


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new furniture layout study table storage unit modified pedestal

The proposed furniture sizes are flexible to accommodate two possible layouts in the room. As the space is quite small , the required furniture had to be visually easy on the eye and seamlessly fit-in the space without compromising their individual aesthetic and functional aspects. Finishes were chosen to match the existing color palette of the room. The storage unit of the existing table was retained as it proved to be functionally useful over the years. We dismantled the table top form the pedestal , removed and replaced the existing finishes , added a frosted glass top and powder coated steel legs with rubber levelers at it’s base. 6


Pe d e s tal l x b x h : 520 x 520 x 750 mm

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S tu d y Ta bl e l x b x h : 1280 x 520 x 750 mm

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The table follows a similar language of finishes and aesthetics as that of the pedestal. A long drawer inside a plywood shell is articulated to accommodate storage for tracing paper , A4 sheets and electronic devices , rests on powder coated metal legs. The frosted glass on top is held in place by two sided adhesive tape which runs along the edges of the plywood shell holding the drawer. We deliberately broke away from the linear language adopted to the table while designing the metal legs so as to infuse a little playfulness to the furniture on the whole.

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a overhead book shelf b storage for electronic devices

The open rack houses storage for electronic devices , books and other miscellaneous items. The frame made by a combination of steel flat and pipe is finished with white powder coat. 6mm polished plywood planks with beveled edges are inserted within / placed on the frame. The shelves are held in position by the objects kept on them. We mounted the entire rack on castor so as to ease it’s movement within the space while changing the layout of the room.

S torag e Rac k l x b x h : 685 x 505 x 1920 mm

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a a existing layout - 3.6m x 3.5m b process diagram showing the side elevation of the speaker from its existing to proposed position c existing material palette

A young marketing manager of a reputed ceiling manufacturing firm wanted to revamp the furniture in his bedroom. The existing furniture included a study table, storage cabinet , wall mounted speakers and a TV along with a bed and a recliner sofa. Though each furniture provided different functions, they lacked a common aesthetic language. With the speakers being added to the mix , the space looked a little more cluttered and unrefined. As the client stressed on music being an important activity in his room, we approached and developed the design with positioning of the speakers in the space as the primary focus. 14


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02 UMESH completed furniture intervention


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The height at which the speaker were kept was a visual obstruction to anybody entering the room. To rectify this and retain the sound experience which the client stressed on, we suggested in bringing down the height of the speakers and tilt it at an angle of 20o to the horizontal. This process was integral in developing an interesting form to the TV unit furniture. An open shelf made of veneered plywood clad and fixed on a spray painted metal frame was installed for storage and display of books, indoor plants and other objects.

new furniture layout TV unit study table open shelf new material palette


O p e n S h e lf l x b x h : 1100 x 115 x 2060 mm

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The veneered plywood TV unit has storage for set top box , gaming accessories , office bag and amplifier along with an inbuilt compartment for the speakers. Cable holes were drilled in the unit to maneuver the wires of the electronic devices running within and outside the furniture.

T V U n it l x b x h : 1470 x 560 x 690 mm

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Acid wash glass shutters slides open to a storage for books and magazines. The excess length of the speaker wires are stored in a small space provided behind the speakers. The entire unit rests on a spray painted metal stand.


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The design of the table was simpler in form as compared to the TV unit. A veneered plywood shell contains two drawers with concealed handles cut-out beneath them. The intention was to highlight the seamless grains of the veneer running along the surface of the drawer. The form of the spray painted metal legs were given a twist so as to break away from the linear language of the drawer. An acid wash glass top held in place by adhesive applied on the plywood surface completes the furniture.

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S tud y Tab le l x b x h : 1100 x 500 x 745 mm

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TV unit open shelf study table leg profile


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a a existing layout - 3.9m x 3.5m b room before intervention c existing material palette

A final year engineering student wanted to expand and improve the function of the study area in his bedroom. As functions like building and experimenting on electronic devices required a larger area, other tasks like reading or writing couldn’t be performed in the current set-up. The requirement also included storage space for books, speakers , amplifier and other items. Apart from working on tight budget, the challenge was to integrate a new furniture that are in tandem with the existing conditions of the room. 24


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new furniture layout new wall mounted shelf new study table existing study table

Accommodating a larger workspace was possible after reconfiguring the layout of the room. A new longer work-top was integrated with the existing study table thereby expanding the workspace to perform a number of tasks. The finishes of the new unit followed that of the existing furniture in the room. A linear shelf mounted above the longer study table served as a storage for a multitude of items. Thick plywood brackets were fixed underneath to counter the weight of the heavy objects that will be kept on it. 26


W all M oun te d Sh elf l x b x h : 1700 x 310 x 170 mm

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The study table has space to keep two monitors at either ends with the intermediate area used for writing , studying or working on a laptop. A small storage beneath the table top accommodates another laptop which is connected to one of the monitors.

Stu d y Ta bl e l x b x h : 1705 x 520 x 770 mm

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A crisp white laminate covers the plywood surface while its edges and storage below are polished. The worktop rests on spray painted metal legs.


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a a table and shelf b leg profile c study area

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S q u a re s to o l 1 l x b x h : 435 x 435 x 385 mm

S q uare stool 2 l x b x h : 435 x 435 x 425mm

This is a conceptual furniture set comprising of round and square stools of varying dimensions. The form of the polished wooden framework was inspired from a deconstructed star. The seat upholstery and size of the furniture can be customized to individual specification.

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Ro u nd s to o l 1 d x h : 610 x 385 mm

Ro und stool 2 d x h : 610 x 425 mm

NAKSHATHRA conceptual prototype


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a existing layout - 3.9m x 3.5m b views of existing room and sofa c existing material palette

An octogenarian couple were looking to replace an existing sofa cum bed in the living room of their house. The seat height of the sofa was lesser than the ideal range, which made it difficult for visitors and the couple to use it. Though it comes in handy when one of the couple takes a regular daytime nap on it, leisure activities like watching TV or reading while sitting on it makes it quite uncomfortable. The couple found it an equally difficult task to get up from the sofa after using it as there were no armrests to hold on for support. 36


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04 RAJALAKSHMI & NARAYANAN unbuilt furniture intervention


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a new furniture layout b existing sofa on stand c process showing the fold-able ledge from initial to final position

Rather replacing the furniture with a new one , we suggested to retain the sofa and place it on a raised stand to achieve the desired seat height. We made provision to keep a cushioned arm rest on one side of the sofa as adding another would shrink the space for sleeping. A fold-able ledge was also provided , as an accessible space to keep telephone or magazines was required. As the furniture would be predominantly used by the old couple, sharp edges and corners were avoided for safety reasons. 38


S ofa S tand l x b x h : 1635 x 845 x 125 mm

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The fold-able ledge is fixed on to a plywood bracket with hinges. The ledge gets locked to the horizontal axis by two smaller plywood brackets which rotates on a pivot.

S o fa S ta nd l x b x h : 1635 x 845 x 125 mm

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Spray painted laser cut metal legs on rubber bush is welded to a metal framework which supports the sofa . The plywood surfaces are finished with a polish.


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S qu a re Sto o l 1 l x b x h : 490 x 490 x 445 mm

S quare S tool 2 l x b x h : 450 x 450 x 475 mm

Four conceptual stools with metal framework comprise a set. The square stools have an upholstered cushion resting on a plywood base which in-turn is fixed on to the metal framework while the round stool has a wooden seat.

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S qu a re Sto o l 3 l x b x h : 450 x 450 x 475 mm

Round S tool 1 d x h : 520 x 480 mm

IRUMBU conceptual prototype


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a existing layout - 3.9m x 3.5m b views of existing room c existing material palette

Two independent film makers were looking to set-up a workspace in the living room of their apartment. The workspace would be predominantly be used by two / three people with activities ranging from reading , writing and working on a laptop/computer. Storage facility for books , paper , stationary etc was also required. With a tight budget established by the clients, the furniture solution were required to be highly functional and yet minimal in their appearance. 46


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new furniture layout editing table 1 storage cabinet editing table 2

With the existing table shifted from the premise , three new furniture were proposed for the space. In accordance with the existing condition of the room ( natural light entering the space , existing switch , light and fan points ) along with the clients requirement of having an informal arrangement, the furniture were laid out in the space. A cabinet with a chest of drawers for storage also provided space to keep a printer. The plywood shell of the cabinet was polished while the faces of the drawer where spray painted to a particular color. The entire unit rested on powder coated metal rod. 48


S torag e C ab inet l x b x h : 700 x 545 x 620 mm

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The first editing table has space to keep two monitors at it’s center while the extremities are used for keeping books, paper, or a laptop. In accordance with the requirement, a second person could fit-in and work comfortably. A glass top is adhered to a polished plywood plank with a drawer fixed underneath . The entire unit is fixed on to a spray painted metal section made by a combination of metal pipe and flat. Ed it ing Ta bl e 1 l x b x h : 1860 x 700 x 775 mm

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Two other variants of the metal leg profiles were suggested.


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The second editing table was smaller in size and didn’t require a large top due to functional and budget restrictions. However the two tables followed a similar language of aesthetics and finishes. A white laminated table top has a polished plywood drawer with concealed handle fixed underneath . The entire unit is fixed on to a spray painted metal section made by a combination of metal pipe and flat. Two other variants of the metal leg profiles were suggested.

Ed iting Tab l e 2 l x b x h : 1085 x 620 x 775 mm

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Tab l e 1 l x b x h : 1315 x 525 x 760 mm

Tab le 2 l x b x h : 1315 x 525 x 760 mm

The design process of these conceptual tables began by creating a metal framework using bent metal pipes . The criteria was to avoid / minimize the visible weld joints in the metal structure supporting the table top. As seen in the images , the legs of either side of the table are bolted to either a double bent pipe or a single bent pipe and a plywood shell holding a drawer. The top pipe is fixed with suction cups which supports a glass top in two prototypes while it is fixed on to post-formed / or wooden table top in the other.

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Ta b l e 3 l x b x h : 1315 x 525 x 770 mm

Tab le 4 l x b x h : 1315 x 525 x 770 mm

VALAIVU conceptual prototype


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Table 1 - front view Table 1 - side view Table 2 - front view Table 2 - side view


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Table 3 - front view Table 3 - side view Table 4 - front view Table 4 - side view


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a existing layout - 3.8m x 3.3m b views of existing room c existing material palette

A family were looking to install a new TV stand in their informal living area of their apartment. The current TV unit housed majority of the devices except for a CPU and a sub-woofer. The existing visual clutter heightened even further with excess wires getting accumulated behind and beside the stand. The requirement was to device a compact TV stand accommodating all the electronic devices ( barring the sub-woofer ) . The program was carried out within the existing room conditions.

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a new furniture layout b proposed TV unit c process model showing the devices being arranged inside

The devices were stacked in the new unit based on their ease of access and frequency of use. A tapered form was adopted while designing the stand as devices of varying depth would be stored inside. As seen on the opposite page , the stand had a large base as it accommodates a CPU and a voltage stabilizer. This is also an area where wires of all the devices would enter and connects with the stabilizer / switch point. The amplifier occupying the middle shelf required space around it as the device heats up rapidly when in use. The top shelf of lesser depth has smaller devices like settop-box and DVD player. 64


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Dark tinted glass shutters and spray painted pushopen shutters cover the middle and lower compartment of the TV unit respectively. The stand which is predominantly made of plywood is finished with Grey color Duco paint of two different shades. The furniture top is fixed onto a spray painted metal flat profile. Castor wheels are fixed underneath to aid it’s movement.

T V S tand l x b x h : 670 x 620 x 660 mm

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The design of the table was based on a previously completed project for a client. Rather providing a wall mounted shelf as done for the client, the challenge was to integrate the shelf with the study table. The table top which is fixed onto a metal structure , made by a combination of flat and pipe , has provisions to receive another framework holding the ledge. The two metal units are bolted to make it strong and sturdy. A curved metal sheet as a bracket is fixed underneath the shelf on one side and bolted to the framework on the other.

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S tud y tab l e with sh e l f l x b x h : 1440 x 540 x 780 mm

VALAIVU II conceptual prototype


S tu d y ta b l e wi th shel f l x b x h : 1440 x 1050 x 780 mm

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existing layout living and dining 292 sq.ft kitchen and wash 124 sq.ft master bedroom 190 sq.ft children’s bedroom 145 sq.ft balcony views top row - living and dining middle - master bedroom bottom - kitchen and children’s bedroom

This is an ongoing project of an apartment interiors in Chennai belonging to a family of four. The family required the spaces in his house to not just serve the basic functional aspects but also to serve as a visual metaphor of the family’s individual interests , likings and beliefs. After a series of discussion with the family regarding the function and aesthetics of each space , the challenge was to seek and establish a common language that binds the different areas of the house.

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07 PORUR RESIDENCE ongoing interior project


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proposed furniture layout living and dining color palette master and children’s bedroom color palette kitchen color palette

The material palette of the house had similar colors / finishes but differ slightly in their tonal values. Since the spaces were quite small , it was important to choose few finishes but were slightly altered for each space. Due to the orientation of the spaces and the visual warmth brought by the existing flooring , shades of blue and green were suggested as they are easy on the eye and reduce the warmth of the house drastically. The furniture were treated with two different shades of wood so as to break the visual monotony. 74


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Different shades of blue were incorporated in the material palette of the living and dining area. The TV wall had a simpler appearance in comparison with the bulky crockery cabinet so as to balance the elevation. A pooja unit was affixed with the crockery cabinet based on the discussions with the client. Books , cushions, action figures and artwork further accentuated and characterized the space.

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The client’s preadolescent son and daughter share this bedroom. White has been used predominantly in order to visually maximize the space . Additional colors accentuates the room in the form of posters , books , stationery and upholstered furniture.

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The material palette of the master bedroom is similar to the children’s bedroom. A mix of traditional and modern language of furniture and artwork has been used in the space based on the discussions with the client. Additional accessories further characterized the room.

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existing layout office LED workshop technical team section false ceiling production area store views top row - office bottom - false ceiling production area h existing color palette

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A reputed false ceiling manufacturing firm were looking to expand their sales and marketing division in their existing office in Chennai. Having successfully built a reputation within and outside the country over the years , the Chennai based firm were looking to expand and improve their office to International standards. The company were keen in providing an exciting working environment which would be suitable for employees of different age groups.

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proposed layout reception meeting room marketing manager accounts manager accounts section pantry / store workstation color palette of cabin and open office color palette of reception and meeting

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In accordance with the company’s requirement , the new layout for the office was proposed. The program required the renovation to take place devoid of any masonry changes to the building. The existing walls and columns were masked with gypsum board so as to hide the electrical cables and tiles that were fixed on them. The color palette of the meeting and reception were similar to the company’s logo as in order to establish the brand’s image to their clients , vendors and other visitors. The cabins and the open office color palette were tweaked so as to break the monotony and make the space a little vibrant. 86


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The tensile fabric ceiling which is manufactured by the company has been predominantly used in this project as the false ceiling material. A mix of orange and white back-lit translucent ceiling has been used to make the space a lot more vibrant. Installing glazed partition walls further extended the range of natural light entering the cabins . Shades of Grey and beechwood that were used for the furniture and rest of the areas brought further focus to the ceiling.

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A printed stretch fabric artwork on the entrance wall and four circular stretch fabric suspended light fixtures further accentuated the space. Showcasing the versatility of the product used for different applications was one of the other key requirements of the project.

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a a section slice through the cabins , account section and the pantry

As opposed to the flat ceiling in the open office area , the form of the ceiling inside the manager cabins and account section were altered. A pair of deconstructed planes on either side of a translucent slit forms the ceiling inside these spaces. Adopting different forms of the ceiling inside the cabins showcased the possibilities of the products application which was a key requirement in the project. Tweaking the furniture typology , color palette and decor further enriched the cabins.

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The reception and the meeting room had a similar material palette in general except for the ceiling . In order to establish the brands image to the general visitor entering these two key areas, the bright orange color of the ceiling was replaced by a deep red , matching the color of the company’s logo , while the rest of the area had a back-lit translucent ceiling.

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The ceiling design in the meeting room adopted a contrasting form in comparison with the rest of the office. A non-reflective glass as a writing board , held by mirror screws on a stretch fabric wall panel highlights the products versatility of integrating other materials and adopting it as wall paneling system. A back lit translucent light fixture illuminates the space. Clerestory glazing along the entrance wall made the room a lot more spacious. Photos were adorned as accents.

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a a section slice through the reception and the meeting room

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