soft-geometry

San Jose, CA

"Collaborative studio exploring softness in furniture and home objects"
Soft-geometry is a collaborative design studio exploring opportunities for softness, slowness and intimacy, built with time and process, in furniture and home objects. Inspired in part by a shared aesthetic for pure geometries and in part by their ‘soft’ personalities, founder- designers Utharaa L Zacharias and Palaash Chaudhary built soft-geometry as an antithesis to the big, bold, fast and perfect. They aim instead at a sort of forever experiment with form, color and materials that bridges artisan crafts and handmade processes on one hand; and the forms, language and efficiency of modern manufacturing on the other.
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How do your pieces come to life? Tell us one interesting thing about your creative process?

"We walk an hour together everyday. Our walk time conversations have often lead to our favorite ideas. It was never meant to be part of our design process, but it gives us a chance to break from the hustle and nervous excitement of the day and slow down into aimless conversation that luckily always takes us somewhere interesting."
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What do you want people to do or feel when they encounter your creations?

"Intrigue and discovery. Our intention is to create objects that have unique personalities that intrigue you, make you laugh or smile or question. Objects that go way beyond their basic functions and reveal in layers its ideas, processes and stories, like how you would slowly get to know a most interesting person."
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What is your favorite material to work with?

"This is hard because it changes almost daily, but if we had to pick one - then it would be cane - we both grew up in India and were always in awe of the speed and skill of craftswomen who wove cane. We are always thrilled that we learnt how to do it ourselves and take pride in increasing our speed by a little time every time we do it. While it is a long process, it is very satisfying and almost magical to see the lattice take shape with the pull of every strand of cane."
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