As far back as I can remember, I’ve always been fascinated by detail. In my case, this eye for the minutiae which enhances a visual experience has been honed over many years. ASHOK LAMP, as it is eponymously named, showcases the fruits of my design and production of lamps.
The seed for this venture was sown on my first trip to Japan in 1994. It was there that I was awed and inspired by the singular and minimalist beauty of the Andon(lamp). I decided then and there that this would be my new calling and began the process of discovery that would involve both craft and discipline.
Here is a little background to my approach. My choice of wood and paper is based on their texture, grain, and colour, and on how they complement each other. The electrical fittings are carefully chosen to integrate with the overall design – whether it is the streamlined bulb holder or the concealed electric cable. The outcome is a product that transcends mere functionality: the Ashok Lamp is more than just a light source; its form provides an aesthetic accent to a room. While the inspiration is Japanese, the final product is eclectic, with a signature style that integrates European design sensibilities.
I design and produce my lamps upon commission for both commercial enterprises and private individuals. As with the Lamps, I also follow the same principles and approach to produce small pieces of furniture like Shoji (sliding screens), and other wood-based items. These are also available for purchase.
My interest in art began during my early childhood years spent in Jamshedpur, a city in eastern India. The initial spark was provided by my late father, who opened my eyes to the wonderful world of craft. Thereafter, I was nurtured by the Tagore Society until I enrolled to study sculpture at the Faculty of Fine Arts, affiliated with the Maharaja Sayajirao University in Vadodara, a city in western India. There, under the guidance of masters of the three-dimensional form, I was able to elevate my skills and develop a higher aesthetic sensibility that has guided my design journey. The propitious invitation of The Gerrit Rietveld Academy in the early 90s both introduced me to Amsterdam and provided me with more exposure to the modern language of three-dimensional form. I also gained an intimate understanding of design to reach a broader, more enlightened audience. Before Ashok Lamps, I have worked for the Indian Railways and the World Health Organization creating educational posters for them. I have exhibited in Europe, India, and Japan; and have been felicitated with awards – the leading designer at the Puur Doorn Design Fair in The Netherlands, Lalit Kala Academy, and the All India Fine Arts and Craft Society award, to name a few.
I currently live and practice out of my studio gallery in Amsterdam. I take orders both here and online. I would be happy to provide you with referrals upon request. Thank you for your time.