By Mansi Thakkar
While wallcoverings are about redefining a space which is what we, Lab Nilayans, concern ourselves with, we wondered how a Spatial Designer approached the concept of space. Here’s the lovely Mansi Thakkar, Spatial Designer at Wari Watai, Bangalore, in her own words:
It’s easy to ignore something that’s always surrounding you. Like air. Like space. Once in a while, it’s a good idea to sit back and take notice. For they are the fundamentals of our everyday lives. Imagine being in a vacuum. That’s also a kind of space perhaps. My journey as an Exhibition and Spatial designer has been sort of bumpy till now. Some days I love it, on others I’m wondering if I fit into this space at all. It’s like being in a relationship with someone whose language you know in theory but you’re not sure if you understand all the nuances, the cultural phrases and the meanings when you hear it. While space, mostly, is construed as a purely physical aspect of our everyday lives, what interests me is the immense psychological affect it has on the human mind. Whether it’s the colour of a wall or the height of the ceiling, space around us constructs and modifies ideas in our heads, silently, even slyly. From the concentration camps of Auschwitz to Shah Jahan’s Taj Mahal, we live history through spaces, we experience those spaces to get a glimpse of what people then may have felt. We take in those moments of immense hatred and immense love. When I think about the impact spaces have had on me, from the time I was a child, my parents’ bedroom, my Nana’s chair (that chair was a space for me, for it seemed like a different world from up there), the back alley where we’d play with puppies, it hits me how a space devoid of memories, of feelings, your own or someone else’s, is all but a void. Waiting to be filled. Maybe that’s what I see as my role in the field of exhibition and Spatial design. To be able to fill these voids with stories, emotions, information, something to make a piece of land a little more alive.