Workshop Q – where scrap gets a makeover!
We might complain about how the environment is getting systematically destroyed by human beings who don’t give a yen for it, there are a few tireless crusaders who work their fingers to the bone for this planet. Sisters Madhvi Khaitan and Radhika Mittal are two such people. They are part of a small but steady movement of designers who realise the dangers of not conserving the environment and do their very best to ensure that whatever can be recycled, is recycled. To that effect they have founded Workshop Q, with an intention to turn whatever is considered waste and scrap, into something kitschy and attractive – and therefore appealing.
The catchword here is quirky and the minute you enter their website – www.workshopq.com, you see what their intention and vision is. “Because scrap needs a quirky makeover” is what large block letters shout at you, with pretty pink highlighting the work quirky to make sure that their message isn’t lost. Their vision? To “create stunning lifestyle home accessories by re-engineering seemingly useless scrap in an effort to reduce the waste generated by households and factories.”
Armed with this extremely noble cause the two ladies practice what they preach very well, by turning anything that one would consider scrap and not look twice at before dumping into the dustbin, into innovative utility and decorative items for the home. Their creative ethic can be organised into three parts – the results of their efforts are always sustainable, they are innovative and they are ethical. They effectively blend creativity and utility to give scrap a new life, in other words and convert it into something that has high material value. They also make sure their clients know what the product was and can compare it to what it has become. What do they convert scrap into? Well just about anything – be it clocks, trays, lamps, tissue boxes, lamps etc.
As with all those people who are working on behalf of the environment and trying to be socially responsible, they employ a process which is safe for the planet and also allow local talent to hone their skills and earn a living. Thus, their products are largely hand made and original. Hats off to them for creating environmentally friendly products in a way that is environmentally sound and providing employment for worthy artisans in a safe and healthy environment!
Their website showcases all the products that they make and sell and one is awed by the beauty of all the items. Thus it is quite unfair that the duo had to fend off unsavoury comments which wondered why, if the products are made from garbage, they don’t come cheap. Thankfully they stayed strong and persevered, and the focus is paying off. The waste material that they use to create these beautiful products range aluminium, vinyl, wood, jute, cork, plastic, cable wires etc. visit their website to check out their work and be prepared to be blown away by their stylish creativity which gives new life to ‘garbage’ and elevates it to a different level altogether!