Nikhil Paul “New Delhi’s” Tango

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Design Gallerist presents a new lighting collection based on Tango dance by Nikhil Paul.

Nikhil Paul mixes into design world in 2011 with the Indian design project WeMakeLove. Since then the New Delhi based product designer never stop to explore his love and curiosity for design, today 5 years later, Paul shows to the world his “dance” with ‘Tango’, the title of a new lighting collection.

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Simple, geometric and handcrafted. Three synonymous that describes perfectly fine the work of Nikhil Paul. With ‘Tango’, The studio Paul Matter exposes a new level the lighting design.

Nikhil Paul Tango Nikhil Paul Nikhil Paul "New Delhi's" Tango Nikhil Paul Tango 7‘We couldn’t find the sort of utilitarian yet elegant lighting that we had in mind. Everything in the market was either extremely product-y or antiques and what we were looking for was something that combined aged materials yet was still minimal and contemporary,’ says Paul. If you can’t find it, make it, as they say.

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The studio Paul Matter opened with this collection entitled ‘Tango’. The studio’s original and custom lamps, for residential and commercial settings, with an exquisite mix of mid-century modernism, the Industrial Age and of course, India’s traditional craftsmanship and Paul’s own sense of minimalism delivered the chattel.

Nikhil Paul Tango Nikhil Paul Nikhil Paul "New Delhi's" Tango Nikhil Paul Tango 4An ardent admirer of Italian architect and industrial designer Gio Ponti, Nikhil strives to create simplistic forms with a minimalist aesthetic. All lights by Paul Matter are handmade and hand finished with brass and patinated and he hopes to develop his style of handmade art using fresh materials like stone and leather while also incorporating elements of Indian crafts.

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‘Tango’ is the resume os a playful experimentation of geometric forms that float in space all and all with a slight vintage flair. ‘Low hanging elbows and beaten brass shades enable fixtures to be artfully arranged and reconfigured to emit soft pools of light,’ says Paul. And the name ‘Tango’ is apropos of the Buenos Aires dance melting together rhythm, posture, and abrupt pauses. Each of his lights that branch out into geometrical tangents with their adjustable arms, come completely customizable so they can be arranged in a cluster to form bespoke chandeliers of any size. On the other hand, The Tango line also features Satellite, a candle holder with a metal sphere that will be adapted into illuminators and chandeliers for his next collection.

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‘These materials get better with time and use and they can be used in their truest form whilst still revealing their layers.’

His range of illuminators, that comprise lights and candles are meant to fill a unique gap between lights that are fully contemporary and completely vintage in design. “We wanted to combine both the aesthetic styles, so we started working with mid-century modern forms with aged materials like brass,” he divulges.

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“We aim to create sculptural forms that are also functional and practical at the same time. The Tango collection came about by experimenting with a vintage lighting component – the Swivel – which was used in the 20th century.”

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