Ever since its conception, MANIERA has aimed to show the practices of architects who share common interests, even if the aesthetic outcomes differ. The creators invited do not form a duo and have the freedom to approach the furniture design as part of their own explorations. The choice of architecten de vylder vinck taillieu (aDVVT) and Bijoy Jain’s Studio Mumbai is based upon their shared interests as well as on the differences in approach between these two prominent players on the contemporary architecture scene.
Both aDVVT and Studio Mumbai regard excellent craftsmanship as an indispensable part of their architecture. They look for contemporary ways of using traditional, local materials in their projects without being trapped in nostalgia. Both offices continuously investigate materials and typologies, often with an idiosyncratic curiosity rather than in a pre-determined context. Their fascination for daily life and building traditions in their respective local contexts binds the two practices. This results in fruitful reflections on the vernacular in their oeuvre.
In the process of execution, however, Studio Mumbai and aDVVT apply almost directly opposite methods. aDVVT refine their research predominantly in drawings and the construction aspect follows on from their precision. Studio Mumbai controls the process of furniture design differently: they do not provide drawings to the craftsmen, but give them the references they collect in their observations and dialogues. This attitude results in the immediate, aesthetic testing of ideas in one-to-one objects.