IIDEX Woodshop Winners Spotlight | Sathvik Sivaprakash

The IIDEX Woodshop Exhibition is just a few weeks away, and now that we’ve covered the featured designers that were solicited for the initiative, we’re going to turn the spotlight on the 5 competition winners who will be joining their ranks at IIDEX. This week: Sathvik Sivaprakash for Halcyon


Sathvik Sivaprakash is a Toronto-based freelance Industrial Designer with a degree from the School of Industrial Design at Carleton University. A rising creative force in the design scene, some of Sathvik’s more prominent achievements include being a finalist in Design21’s Power to the Pedal competition (2008), being part of the team that developed Teknion’s Optos Curve Wall that won a Silver Award at NEOCON (2009) and presenting his thesis project at the Design Indaba conference in Cape Town, South Africa (2010). More recently, he was involved in developing The Capitalist iPhone case that is currently in preorder on ideacious.

We caught up with Sathvik this week, and here’s what they had to say about about his competition submission, the IIDEX Woodshop initiative, and doubling over with laughter:

ideacious: As a city and IIDEX supported initiative to use a portion of the 200,000+ ash trees being destroyed over the next 5 years, IIDEX Woodshop has a strong narrative going for it. How did this inspire you when designing your piece?

Sathvik Sivaprakash: The one thing that struck a cord with me as I was creating my IIDEX Woodshop submission was the sheer volume of surplus Ash that is going to be available in the next few years. To this end, I strived to create a product with wide applicability, that still addressed a gap in the market – and that’s where Halcyon comes in with a fresh take on window blinds.


Many designers opt to work with aesthetically rich woods like Walnut or Maple. What are your thoughts on using Ash as your primary material? Is it a challenge, does it change your process, or do you disagree and think Ash is amazing?

One of the tenets of my design philosophy is “everything in its right place”. While Walnut in particular is one of my favorite woods to work with in the context of creating richness and depth, I believe Ash has its own place as a strong, durable wood that lends itself well to a minimalist aesthetic. As I have been developing my prototype I’ve also really come to appreciate what a great wood it is to work with. It machines great and has excellent tensile strength.

Prototype Tiles

What qualities in other designers’ work often catch your attention or make you really think the designer is on to something?

I find this varies a lot based on the type of product I’m looking at. When it comes to furniture I find myself drawn to pieces with a strong attention to detail/proportions and interesting construction techniques. Konstantin Grcic happens to be one of my favorite designers when it comes to achieving this.

And finally, what’s something that you’re really into right now?

I’ve been really into all the work Nendo has been doing lately – they really excel at creating minimalist objects/spaces with just the right amount of flair and wit. Oki Sato’s presentation on creative process at IDS 2012 is also one of the most inspiring I’ve seen to date.

In my downtime, I recently discovered Creature Comforts USA – its by the creators of Wallace & Gromit and is simply incredible – its not often I find a show that makes me literally laugh out loud (like doubled over, not just the usual chuckle).

Stay tuned for next week as we have the scoop on Miles Keller and the Kona Chair.


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