Paper Mache Tea Set


In 2014, the UK Craft Council revealed that crafts contributed £3.4 billion to the economy but the Government proposes to remove hand-made crafts from its classification of the UK creative industries.

How can product design promote hand-making skills which could contribute to government’s understanding of their importance?

Can hand crafted items in cottage industry become more valued through design?

The project is completely based around evolution and adaptation of gradual changes and not just focusing on developing a new form and shape. It’s a product that brings two generations together i.e. made in a way that bring those ties back together. A tea set that not only solves the purpose of serving tea but brings back those days where mothers talk to her daughters about the values and materials of the product and tells her the importance of hand-making skills.

Reviving hand making process and its importance. I learned the Paper Mache process from Kashmir, India - a place which is famous for its cottage industry. Cottage Industry manufacturing - socially beneficial system. Low cost material, high value outcome - maintains tradition in its making and use. 

Hide and Seek


The soft dividing lines in between the upholstered blocks of the hm68 ‘Hide and Seek’, gives an individual a way to make their own private space. Matched perfectly with number of Hitch Mylius seating and table ranges: hm 66, hm 68. Upholstery of cmhr foams on the base of sapphire textured leather can be covered virtually in limitless choice of fabrics and leathers. Underframes are of metal covered with chrome finish. Table tops are white - lacquered with ABS edges.

Pursuing undergraduate degree in Product Design from Central Saint Martins London, has always given her plethora of opportunities to expand her knowledge and skills. The habit of capturing moments and later trying to incorporate and manipulate them into design work is the real creativity to her. Surabhi Mittal’s hm 68 ‘Hide and Seek’ has been inspired by ‘Daisuke Motogi’ Lost in sofa design