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"At kalakaarihath, we work with our hands!"

Kalakaarihaath: the skilled hands, is a Bombay based design studio working in diverse design disciplines impacting space. The designs and creatives are inspired from traditional hand crafts of India among many other things.

Picture courtesy: Kalakaarihaath

Their body of work largely entails to graphic design, illustration and wall feature accents. They have recently launched our second arm, Insitu by Kalakaarihaath as a formal interior design and architectural practice.

The firm is constantly striving to redefine the role between the craftsmen and architect. Its founder, Sahiba Madan, realized while researching the building craft of India that the architect didn't originally exist in traditional building culture. The culture of building is a co-ordinated system of knowledge, rules, procedures and habits that surrounds the building process in a given place and time. The study shifted into understanding this role of the architect vs the craftsmen. As a method of documentation, she hand illustrated a series of postcards for it. These in turn, inspired Kalakaarihaath.

Picture courtesy: Kalakaarihaath

Her architectural and design practice,Insitu by Kalakaarihaath, revolves around the same ethos. It is an interior and space design practice thriving on the age old idea of crafting in place. craft is irrelevant without function and context.

"We are a Bombay based studio taking on projects related to interiors, architecture, exhibition, furniture and objects tailor made for the user, function and context."

In an exclusive interview with Sahiba Madan we talked to her about her inspiration behind the practice, early days as an architect, her studio in Bombay, amongst many other things. Check out our interview section to know more!

Firm: Kalakaarihath

Architecture & Design Wing: Insitu

Location: Bombay, Maharashtra

Founder & Principal Architect: Sahiba Madan



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