New York Art Life is thrilled to bring you another exciting interview with an amazing artist. It is our duty to share some of the most accomplished artists making dreams come true. We’ve studied this artist’s work, and we have so much to dive into with him. His name is Vasisht Rajani, and he is an industrial designer. We are always introducing great artists to our readers, as we believe it makes a difference in how we live our lives.
Vasisht Rajani’s design philosophy revolves around creating products that enhance user experiences, promote sustainability, and are aesthetically pleasing. His passion for problem-solving allows him to approach design challenges with an open mind, leading to the creation of designs that make a positive impact on people’s lives.
Some of his noteworthy creations include the Flex – a camping light, and the Dhool – a dust light, which are perfect examples of his commitment to crafting sustainable products. His Tetris Robotic Arm and Origami Tape Dispenser further highlight his skill in creating functional and innovative designs.
Vasisht’s work has been recognized in various media outlets. His interview with IndiaTimes, titled “The Fascinating Story Of An Artist Who Builds Miniature Furniture To Revive India’s Forgotten Tradition”, showcases his passion for furniture design.
He was also featured in IFJ Magazine’s article “An Interview with an Indian Furniture Designer”, where he shared his insights on the future of furniture design. In addition to these, his work and thoughts have been featured in The Lucknow Tribune and Packaging of the World.
NY Art Life: Thank you, Vasisht, for joining us today. We’re so excited to learn about your work and share it with our readers.
Vasisht Rajani: Thank you for having me! I’m happy to share my work with New York Art Life readers as well. I love the sense of community in this magazine.
NY Artl Life: Before we begin, I’d like to point out to our readers that you are a member of the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA), You are part of one of the oldest and largest industrial design associations. This association gives you access to a network of some of the most celebrated industrial designers of all time.
Vasisht Rajani: I’m glad you remembered my participation. It’s an affiliation of mine that I hold dear, for the enormous connections it creates in my artistic field. Connecting and hearing stories from many people who are walking different paths of life.
NY Art Life: Let’s start with your experience working as an industrial designer. It is amazing to see how many various objects you’ve designed and how they vary in their exterior and practicality. Currently, you’re working as an industrial designer at Teams Design. This is a very prestigious design company, with a lot of clients and followers that admire the designs. Tell me about your experience sharing your vision with Teams Design.
Vasisht Rajani: It has been an immense success and great energy, which helps me a lot in coming up with new, innovative designs that people usually love. We are living in a really fast-paced world, and designers are evolving their work around the needs of their audiences. I believe design objects are also influenced by the direction of modern art and a good designer pays attention to what makes sense in their vision, as well as their own style. I’ve been able to explore that a lot with Teams Design, which makes me grateful.
NY Art Life: That is beautiful. You have very important responsibilities, such as working closely on a wide range of products from basic ideation all the way to concept development. The fruition of such design objects must be very fulfilling, and even more when it is shared with users.
Vasisht Rajani That is true, it is one of the best feelings, to see an idea and vision come to life. And soon it will belong to others as well.
NY Art Life: Yes! I’m truly astonished by the beauty of your designs and the way it has become your style in design. One of your most celebrated designs is the Indian Traditional Miniature Furniture. It has so much cultural and artistic integrity, embracing modernity in its miniature size that also goes as an ode to traditional designs in Indian furniture. How important do you think culture is in designing modern objects?
Vasisht Rajani: Thank you for your kind words, I truly hold this design close to my heart. I think the culture and background of a designer play a very important part in the final design as your past experience somehow contributes to how you create. But I love the process of designing as well, as there is so much exploration of oneself, of our own backgrounds and cultures, and whether we want to submit to tradition, or embrace modern art. Bringing back traditional designs is a great way to find new areas in the future, as we see our journey differently after looking back. The collection includes designs from different eras and areas, such as Rajasthan furniture, Kerala furniture, Goan furniture, as well as modern furniture. I liked the idea of having a miniature yet inclusive collection of these objects that aim to portray multiple forms of dying art.
NY Art Life: That is a lovely way to put it. You’ve had other great successes as well with your collections of designs. Other than the beautiful miniatures, you’ve had different designs that vary in size and use too. For example, the Dhool Dust lamp is one of the most intriguing designs I’ve ever seen. You designed this lamp basing your inspiration on natural disasters. I think that is incredible, especially the way you contain this small disaster in a glass exterior, showing the natural phenomenon in a safe, inspiring way.
Vasisht Rajani: Thank you! I appreciate your support. It is important to start the conversation of sustainability every chance we get. I wanted to create this piece to remind ourselves what role we play in contributing to natural disasters, and most importantly, how our irresponsibility causes the worst to erupt. The main idea was derived from deforestation, and the dust inside the lamp depicts how dust breaks into finer dust over time, making our planet unclear and difficult to handle.
NY Art Life: That is amazing, bravo. You keep the sustainable design going with your Flex camping light as well. This design is also very practical and helpful for campers, giving them a new experience. What inspired you to do this?
Vasisht Rajani: Thank you for researching my work. I wanted to improve the experiences of campers by giving them a lamp they can use in multiple situations that may arise during camping. Most lamps make one small area lit, but my Flex lamp can be used in various areas like the campsite as well as the tent, but on the other hand, it can be used in any way you can think of. This is also important for safety, which makes the product even more practical.
NY Art Life: Would you say these different objects have defined how you design in general?
Vasisht Rajani: I try to refrain from making generalizations, but I believe these creations helped me learn what style I would like to adopt for my designs in the future, and what direction my narrative is headed toward. It definitely changed my focus, and others’ focus on my work as there were different articles on my work published in IndiaTimes, IFJ Magazine, and Lucknow Tribune. They all mention my furniture design and how profound it is.
NY Art Life: Truly amazing. Lastly, I want to hear about your experience with New York City and how it has informed your designs, as well as your view on art and life.
Vasisht Rajani: Thank you. New York is just special, there’s something about it that cannot be found or replicated anywhere else. I just think New York is like a big
the playground where you get exposed to many forms of art, design, and food all at once and you get the option to create your own path.
NY Art Life: So we can end our interview by saying that Rajani is not just a designer, but a visionary who creates designs that impact lives.
Vasisht Rajani: Hahaha, that’s one way to say it.