DeMuro Das launches new Uncommon Thread collection

The New Delhi studio presents a collection of furnishings inspired by Indian modernist architecture, Le Corbusier's Chandigarh and local craft

View of The Drift Sofa - a grey sofa with cushions and black legs in a room with a dark terracotta floor and walls. There is also a dark blue stool beside the sofa
The Drift Sofa, inspired by sand dunes in the Arabian desert.
(Image credit: Photography by David Mitchell)

India’s design heritage might be most synonymous with colour, decoration and craft, but the country’s quieter, yet equally deep-rooted ties with modernist architecture are what the New Delhi-based design firm DeMuro Das hones in on with its latest furniture collection.

Named ‘Uncommon Threads’, DeMuro Das’ new collection comprises ten statuesque pieces, ranging from seating and side tables to center tables, a four-door cabinet and an embroidered folding screen that displays a bold curving pattern, inspired by Le Corbusier’s Capitol Complex buildings in Chandigarh (opens in new tab). ‘The inspiration behind this collection and the techniques employed to realize it are hallmarks of our design and production process,’ says DeMuro Das co-founder Brian DeMuro, who leads the international design company together with Puru Das. ‘The Nila screen was created through a combination of contemporary precision laser cutting and traditional embroidery work, resulting in a uniquely timeless piece.’

View of the grey, blue, white and terracotta Nila Screen which has six panels. It is pictured against a white background

The Nila Screen, featuring an embroidered surface created in collaboration with French accessory designer Olivia Dar

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The screen, one of the showpieces of the collection, has been produced in collaboration with Olivia Dar, a French accessory designer who formerly worked with Indophile Christian Lacroix, and features a deep blue tone that echoes the interior of the Neelam Cinema, another modernist structure in Chandigarh that was designed by architect Aditya Prakash, under the direction of Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret.

This recasting of Indian Modernism continues to shape the collection through the combination of restrained lines with a rich attention to detail. A minimalist sofa, with soft undulating lines is underscored by slender, textured bronze legs that have been cast to resemble petrified sand, while the stout Emil center table pairs its Brutalistic (opens in new tab) form with a highly textured surface, created from hand-laying silver and gold pyrite to form an overlapping pattern that emphasises each material’s natural patina.

View of the Forma Side Table, Tana Side Table and Bind Console in a room with a dark terracotta floor, plinth and walls. There is also a tall dual coloured knotted structure made from fabric

The Forma Side Table (top left), Tana Side Table (centre) and Bind Console (right). 

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The collection’s modernist aspects are counterweighted by examples of how DeMuro Das has used Indian craft traditions to create a contemporary appeal. The luxurious Nami cabinet pays tribute to sand-cast Dhokra sculptures, made by the nomadic communities of central India, and features decorative motifs made by using coils of string that have been cast into its solid bronze doors.

Poetic, hand wrought and brimming over with narrative, the collectible pieces exude a contemporary, reconfigured beauty that is still steeped in Indian tradition.

View of the Aril Side Chair - a grey chair with a high back and tall metal legs pictured against a light coloured background

The Aril Side Chair

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View of a grey cabinet with black handles and legs from the Uncommon Threads collection. The cabinet is on a low plinth in a room with a dark terracotta floor and walls

A cabinet from the Uncommon Threads collection

(Image credit: Photography by David Mitchell)

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Pei-Ru Keh is the US Editor at Wallpaper*. Born and raised in Singapore, she has been a New Yorker since 2013. Pei-Ru has held various titles at Wallpaper* since she joined in 2007. She currently reports on design, art, architecture, fashion, beauty and lifestyle happenings in the United States, both in print and digitally. Pei-Ru has taken a key role in championing diversity and representation within Wallpaper's content pillars and actively seeks out stories that reflect a wide range of perspectives. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, and is currently learning how to drive.