Yasmin Bawa is a designer of objects, furniture and spaces.
Drawing on careful observation of the topology of space she works sculpturally to explore form, material, texture and colour. She seeks to challenge our perception of everyday materials and how we interact with objects.
Her current work is an exploration into hemp-crete, a term for the basic mixture of hemp shiv, clay and lime binder. Together they tell a story of strength, renewability and versatility; fusing traditions of primitive and historical technologies to contemporary ideas for sustainability.
Industrial hemp is unmatched as a means of sequestering carbon dioxide and binding it permanently to the materials it is manufactured into. Already a growing industry for building ecological homes, Yasmin is at the forefront of scaling these manufacturing methods down to be used on a smaller scale.
Species of the space
The Species of the Space series focus on design in terms of objects in a series, the pieces are about a careful analysis of the user and object as equal entities.
Rather than a pressure for permanence, the species encourage a relationship with the user. Instead of being placed in the corner and forgotten about, they promote communication through shared routines, habits and intimate moments.
Taking its inspiration from rhizomatic structures, the series focuses on the ability of objects to mutate and adapt to their environment.
Each piece can be turned, rotated and stacked with others to form new structure; soft narratives are created to feed our desire to play, to take apart, to rebuild.
All pieces are individually handcrafted using specially developed hemp, clay and lime mixture.
Free formed without moulds giving each piece a unique shapes and finish .
Finishes are protected with natural sealants and top coat of 100% carnauba wax.
Vessels are watertight without drainage holes.
For Orders, Commissions and Enquiries please email:
A catalogue of pieces currently in the studio is available upon request. Custom orders can be made
on all pieces with an approximate lead time of 8 weeks.
In Berlin? You are welcome to visit the combined
work studio and showroom:
Eisenbahnstr. 4, 10997 Berlin
Shipping is available across Europe and North America. For other countries please inquire with us for further details.
Costs vary per order, shipping quote and timing given with all order enquiries.