The Kirigami Cabinet is inspired by the Ralli art, which is traditional weaving incorporating leftover fabric cut in geometrical shapes, extensively used in rural Sindh, generally by women to make quilts or chatta patti ghararas which are signature Pakistani apparel.
Inspired by this technique, chips of waste rosewood were sorted, and then patched together. The design process comprised of a series of tests where fabric was stitched and cast by immersing it in Plaster of Paris. Then sections were cut to understand the tectonics and a mold was created which informed the pattern. After understanding the tectonics and mapping the wood, the detail was stitched together with brass strips, so each pattern that evolved with the fold came from the natural expulsion and attraction of the material to each other, and how each piece responded to the other. Thus chips of rosewood that are generally wasted, are woven together to form an optically fluid motion in the cabinet.
The beauty of this design is the way a hard product like wood is made to behave like a fabric with all the qualities of fluidity.