Building furniture was her father’s hobby, so in a way she was introduced to this craft really early in life. Later Aarti went on to study Domestic Design from University of Arts, London; and specialized in Chair Design from Danish Skole of Design, Copenhagen.
In the year 2000 she did set up ‘House of Design’ in parents’ garage, with some essential tools and two workmen. Together they designed, drew, cut, sawed and chiseled the way to create a design company based out of New Delhi and Chandigarh. Over the last 14 years, the small ‘idea’ has grown into a state-of-the-art furniture design and manufacturing unit, spread over a few thousand square feet. In 2008 they branched into a special line of customised and bespoke hardwood furniture called Knock on Wood (KNW). They have grown into a boutique design house with its own mark in the customised quality furniture space in India. As Principal Designer and Founder, Aarti leads the design team. KNW design philosophy is ‘To enhance life and spirit through timeless, responsible design… total design.’
“At KNW we are crafting stories with furniture.” – designer says. “The idea of an accent furniture piece actually being a multifunctional addition to the room greatly appeals to me. With this in mind I have launched a new collection called ‘Yours Truly’, which comprises of the Solemate, Butler, Mistress and PA. It is a set of cabinets that attends to a multitude of individual requirements. I hope to add more products to this range in the coming future.”
Read this story in POOL 71.