Based in New Delhi, Nikhil Paul’s opened the doors to his Paul Matter Studio with a debut lighting collection entitled ‘Tango’. The studio’s original and custom lamps, for residential and commercial settings, take cues from mid-century modernism and the Industrial Age. Of course India’s tradition of unassuming craftsmanship and Paul’s own sense of minimalism delivered the chattel.
'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.
And so ‘Tango’ developed from there – 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.
Hand finished in the studio their belief is in longevity of design in terms of materiality and also in the visual language. 'The pieces draw from a rich material palette that includes buffed and aged brass, copper, stone, leather and glass,' explains Paul. 'These materials get better with time and use and they can be used in their truest form whilst still revealing their layers.'