Bhargavii Mani fuses eco-friendly and traditional design elements in her interior projects
In the basement of a building in Adyar is a studio with money plants growing in glass bottles arranged vertically by the door, a white cove that blends in with the grey austere walls and LED lighting by the windows that reflect the morning glow through the day. This is the setting of Edge Photography and Interiors, a one-stop shop for design needs. “The aim was to create a space and offer service that give us an edge. The studio also has a kitchen space for food photography and an art gallery. Besides meetings, workshops, plays and concerts can be held too,” says Bhargavii Mani, an interior designer who started Edge Photography and Interiors earlier this year.
Aestheticity apart, Bhargavii uses eco-friendly alternatives in her office space. “I've used recyclable material. We have used pre-set hollow concrete blocks for the floorings and walls while cupboards are made of salvaged wood and have kadapa tiles for shelves,” says Kota, the partner at Edge.
Old curios and Chettinad pillars in the studio fuse contemporary design sensibilities with traditional elements.
Bhargavii incorporates traditional architectural designs in her work. “We need to encourage artisans to protect our arts and crafts and make space for their ideas in our modern structures,” she says.
Edge Photography and Interiors is located at 32, Fifth Main Road, Kasturba Nagar, Adyar.