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kakishibu is an all-natural persimmon tannin dye produced and perfected in Japan since the 13th century.

kakishibu is a lighting collection Krishna developed to tell the story of kakishibu through light, sculpture, and art; utilizing the astringent persimmon's magical properties of strength, natural color, and water repellence to paint warm rich atmospheres with light.

Spring 2021 @ ArtCenter

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gestural drawing explorations in kakishibu + light

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harimi sconce

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what was once an edo-period dustpan is now a bold, contemporary flame shaped by washi paper and colored by persimmon tannins.

the harimi dustpan is a classic washi paper + kakishibu design. It's both the original source of inspiration and the beginning of the kakishibu lighting family.

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teardrop desk light

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using a formed kakishibu washi 'reflector' to paint warm light throughout a space.

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3 varying shades of kakishibu result in 3 different hues of warm light.

magnetic ball joints are used to make the reflector free flowing.

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canopy light 

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early 'canopy' mockups

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inspired by the form and ritual of burning incense sticks, canopy's base has three holes to support the reflector's arm on three varying angles.

canopy's reflector is 3' wide and is supported by a 3' tall arm.

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Building blocks for life, assembly, and creativity required.

Makeshift is an experimental brand consisting of tools, kits, and guides for creative, curious minds. The capsule collection features three designs with their respective creative lessons. Build during my final term at ArtCenter, Makeshift is dedicated to sharing Krishna's learnings and creative process with friends, family, and the world through reductive, resourceful design.

Spring 2021 @ ArtCenter

scavenger : a light that teaches you to scavenge for answers

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artifact pin, reimagining the clothespin

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anything can be a luminaire !

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design includes : artifact clip, support rod, cob led, oak base & charger.

design includes : artifact clip, support rod, cob led, oak base & charger.

doggo : a sheet of cardboard you fold into a living being

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doggo iterations from mini model to final cardboard slotting model

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doggo is designed to be hacked, personalized, reshaped, and rethought.

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connect the dots : a toy that connects you, your work, and your spirit.

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screw on yoyos, loop thread around, crank yoyo for tension, and snap on artwork using dot clips.

screw on yoyos, loop thread around, crank yoyo for tension, and snap on artwork using dot clips.

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connect the dots to tell your story.

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love letters to the creative process.

coming to an online shop near you..

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Stork is a birdlike seat for work and play. Made for and inspired by my newborn nephew, Stone. The desk-stool typology was conceived from explorations in flexible learning for elementary school students. Storks break the grid of any space they land in, bringing warmth, play, and nature with them. The whimsical, animalistic Storks can flock together to create casual workspaces in offices, schools, cafés, or homes.

Spring 2019 @ ArtCenter — Stained White Ash, Wool, Plywood — Prototype

Core77 Design Awards 2020 Runner Up + ArtCenter Gallery Summer 2019

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what would it be like to ride a stork?

what would it be like to ride a stork?

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1. volumetric study    2. modular study    3. sit+table test    4. form study

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Intersect represents the interconnection of physical space and psychological social circles we share with our closest friends and family. During the first lockdowns of 2020, I was nostalgic for a time when friends and I gathered around a low table, sitting crisscrossed or seiza, playing board games for hours. Intersect is made up of 4 leaves providing 4 individuals with their own surface to eat, work, or play on. There is a lower storage level for concealing artifacts like board games and art materials. A small void in the middle of the 4 leaves affords unexpected sprouting arrangements.

Summer 2020 — White Oak, Anodized Aluminum — Digital Model

A film on the design process for Intersect.

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Inspired by the nostalgia of playing board games with friends.

Inspired by the nostalgia of playing board games with friends.

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Backwaters was a minimalist leather goods and slow lifestyle brand Krishna developed in his senior year of high school to connect with his Indian roots. He worked with artisans and tanneries in Chennai to develop the first piece. Beluga was the pilot product; a leather bag that converts from a slim tote to a strapped backpack. It emphasized moving forward with the essentials and leaving behind the superfluous. 

Summer 2015 — Tamil Nadu Leather, Canvas, Nylon, Steel — Limited Release of 25 Bags

Renegade Craft Fair 2016 + E-Commerce Platform

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Village rethinks the airplane cabin as a close-knit community in the sky. Village is a family of furniture and monuments designed to be customizable and pliable, allowing airlines to create spaces that are small or large, private or open, depending on the user groups and the size of the aircraft. This is a personal project Krishna developed and presented during his internship at Teague's revered aviation design studio located in Everett, Washington.

Fall 2018 — Personal Internship Project @ Teague

Core77 Design Awards 2019 Notable for Built Environment

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Selection of iPad Procreate Canvases + Human Factors Ideation

Selection of iPad Procreate Canvases + Human Factors Ideation

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Home

A village is a close-knit community made up of homes.

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A home can be adjusted to fit the needs and privacy of its residents.

The pliable mesh surface can be shaped to create localized, personal seats.

The mesh can also be unaltered, leaving a clean, open sofa for relaxing as a family.

A home can be adjusted to fit the needs and privacy of its residents.

The pliable mesh surface can be shaped to create localized, personal seats.

The mesh can also be unaltered, leaving a clean, open sofa for relaxing as a family.

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If needed, a home can grow.

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The residents need entertainment too. For that, they have shared spaces.

The shared space can be enjoyed individually; however, when dwellers share their experience with one another, it magnifies. OLED display.

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Work Console

The village should also be a place to get work done.

The co-working space provides dwellers with a clean slate to work with ease.

Dwellers can choose to work privately or together. Roller blinds provide effortless privacy.

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Atmosphere

At night, nature paints the village with a mesmerizing atmosphere.

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Sound focusing speakers give a private yet immersive audio experience.

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