The Beehive was already working with the traditional craft of Wood Inlay from Mysore with the motifs which were contemporary or nature inspired. To understand the Indian Design Language, we decided to study motifs of a heritage monument and Qutub Minar was zeroed in for our research.
This was a six month research project and Anurag Vishwakarma (Product Designer) from IILM School of Design, lapped it up with full enthusiasm and commitment. The brief was to design a range of products using motifs of Qutub Minar, and to interpret them in Wood Inlay Craft technique of Mysore.
Anurag made multiple trips to the Qutub, clicked pictures, and made a detailed study of the monument. He also read books & articles on Qutub Minar, and spoke to experts in history to understand the origin of the motifs of the Qutub, which is a combination of Indian & Mughal architecture.
He sketched motifs to understand them better and 3 motifs were finalized.
Bud- bud of Lotus flower, Top view of Qutub Minar – Looks like a Lotus Flower and Rope like Motif
We did a research on the colour combination of woods to be used for making the motifs, by making their samples in multiple wood combinations. Finally after the colour scheme was decided, we did production of the product range using them.