Monday, January 2, 2012

By Manipal TV

After an outstanding performance and winning 1st prize at the INDEX Student Challenge 2011, the Interior Design students of Manipal University, Dubai once again stood successful in redesigning the Natuzzi Sound Chair.
Natuzzi, a luxury Italian furniture brand, and partners of the Index exhibition 2011 decided that the sales proceeds auctioned at AED 30, 000 will be given to Dubai Cares in support of the campaign “Education for the Girl Child”.
After extreme hard work and rejection of almost 25 proposals, the final Natuzzi Sound Chair redesign is an art of composition, made using a single dynamic silhouette composed of steel Hex- Bolts, in sizes varying from M2-M12, all along structured profiles.
The chair is also overstated with Swarovski crystals and holds a promise to be a true musical compilation from a diverse viewpoint. With a tremendous abstract graffiti behind the chair, the Manipal University students unveiled the Natuzzi Sound Chair after three imperative processes- sketching, sticking and varnishing.
“We are thankful to INDEX for giving us an opportunity and Natuzzi to showcase the talents we all hold within us. It was an incredible experience” said Tooba Sarfaraz, a member of the Manipal design team.
“Redesigning someone else’s piece of art is a great challenge because you are forced to remain in line with their interpretation and this contest was no different. The team from Manipal did an outstanding job of re-designing the Sound Chair to enhance its essence and we are very pleased with the results.” said Mr. Mikdad Bhabrawala, General Manager, Natuzzi.
The Manipal design team consists of seven members- Franzita Fernandes, Insia Shabbir, Jamila Hassanali, Shazia Fazlullah, Tasneem Mustafa, Tooba Sarfaraz and Ummu Habiba. For them, this was an opportunity that helped them prove themselves and showcase what they’re capable of doing, individually as well as working in a team.

Click on the link to find the winning team in the press, Gulf News, Khaleej times and DesignMENA.

By Maria Hussain

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