This website is Sukhmani Brar & Siddharth Singh’s consolidated portfolio spanning nearly two decades of work across diverse creative mediums, besides the discipline of architecture in which they were trained.
Under its umbrella, the New Delhi based studio accommodates different ventures bridging the couple’s individual and paired interests and engagements across art, design, cultural discourse & pedagogy of creativity.
Siddharth and Sukhmani met in 1996 when they joined the School of Architecture, CEPT, Ahmedabad: not only the source of their professional education but also a nursery to their diverse interests and engagements in creative mediums.
Design Pendulum is a spatial design firm providing housing, architecture, interior design and exhibition design consultancy.
Principal Architect Sukhmani Brar and Partner Architect Siddharth Singh, are both graduates of the School of Architecture, CEPT Ahmedabad.
Design Pendulum’s repertoire of architecture includes residential, institutional & commercial buildings & complexes and both new developments as well as revitalization projects. We also keenly seek measure drawing opportunities of heritage buildings whether traditional, vernacular or modern in architecture. While the housing presented in this unit include EWS, LIG & HIG and both low-rise as well as high-rise developments, landscape urbanism includes urban redevelopment, river front development and urban & forest parks
Design Pendulum’s interior design works includes residential, hospitality, F&B, office & commercial spaces. Exhibition Design is a very fascinating area for us to explore tremendous opportunities of space, form, materials & lighting coming together for a short duration of time, yet having great impact on the large number and density of people experiencing the creation.
Design Pendulum’s spatial design is exuberant and imbued with numerous subtleties that are particularly experienced in the gradual pace of inhabitation. While the aesthetic experience offers some necessary surprises to get inhabitants to emotionally engage with the place, it largely plays out as an accommodating frame for the theater of its inhabitants’ lives.
compoundeye is a communication design enterprise through which Siddharth engages in creating abstractions, infographics, packaging installations and so on. It is the space for engaging in both professional assignments as well as personal indulgences across areas of logos & motifs, publication & web-design, signage, visual art and installations.
The earliest work presented on the website dates back to 1999/ 2000, with the poster, text & logo design which siddharth created as a student for the s.a.theater group at CEPT, ahmedabad. Siddharth’s love for graphic, however, goes to his teen years when he doodled patterns and fonts on his school notebooks.
While most of the works undergo both digital as well as analogue processes, almost all of siddharth’s graphic trajectories begin with the latter. Ideas which emerge from his digital photography, of course, remain largely in the digital realm and perhaps only get materialized as prints.
Curated by Sukhmani, The Vessel is a venue for exhibitions, workshops, seminars, & presentations and other activities that encourage creative participation. It is both a physical space as well as a metaphorical container where artists & creatives facilitate workshops in visual & performing arts, crafts, design and well-being to offer amateurs and enthusiasts opportunities to pursue their long due or nascent interests.
The Vessel offers time & space to gather our scattered parts and explore the self by engaging with different creative mediums. The idea is to allow ourselves the opportunity to nurture and sustain our creative spirit.
The Vessel is also available on hire as a space for workshops, seminars, conferences, rehearsals & exhibitions. The multipurpose space is equipped with furniture, tack-boards, white boards and a large monitor, while a lounge offers refuge from its activities & intensity.
image:medium:actorare hands-on workshops on creativity employing multiple mediums including text, graphics, theater & collage to help participants take note of, sustain & enhance their autodidacticism & emotional resilience. While it’s helpful for students of design, anyone interested in creative pursuits can sign-up. Professionals & Educators in creative disciplines can particularly benefit from the experience of these workshops to equip themselves with an understanding of accommodating and guiding their teams and students. Head to the ima questionnaireor just Sign Up.
The workshops can be facilitated for an individual, a pair, a small group of up to 6 participants, a medium-sized group of up to 15 participants and large groups of up to 50 participants. On-line workshops can accommodate participation up to a mid-size group. It can be conducted in any conducive format: both periodic long duration engagement as well as individual workshops ranging from two days to a fortnight.
The workshop has been conducted independently as well as for numerous institutions such as CEPT, NID, SPA, Sir JJ College, KRVIA etc. across New Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Kozhikode & Tiruchirapalli. Checkout the archive.
textures are commentaries in text, images &/ or videos on on art, design and cultural practice & production. The publication contributes to cultural discourse through deliberations, reporting and research in various formats and across disciplines of visual & performing arts, crafts & design and history & socio-political events.
poems contains Siddharth’s musings on love, the self and the world. Mostly accompanied by images and at times even videos, the bilingual – hindustani & english – collection of poetry includes metrical compositions, free verse, sher as well as Haiku.
essays contains theoretical deliberations, reflections & propositions on matters pertaining to creativity, art, design, culture and society.
reportage contains interviews, reviews, observations, documentation, reporting and reflection on creative cultural practices, practitioners and productions.
academipresents a collection of essays on pedagogy and briefs for design and preparatory exercises exploring architecture, including interior architecture and multi-dwelling architecture.
Siddharth started teaching in 2012 at the Faculties of Architecture and Design, CEPT University and Exhibition Design, NID. He has also been a visiting faculty at SPA, IIAD & TDV in the NCR and Anant National University in Ahmedabad. Sukhmani & Siddharth were co-tutors of the studio Body | Memory | Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, which ran for two consecutive semesters in 2021.
The essays & briefs for Studio, Design & Exercises included within this section of the website are all learnings from the academic engagements which are now offered free to anyone interested.