Gaurav Wali
Gaurav Wali
Based in
Jaipur, India
3 - 5 years experience
27 years old

Hello! My name is Gaurav MK Wali. I am a Jaipur (India) based designer and maker (b 1996). I graduated from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Kangra (2019) with a bachelors in Accessory Design.

My work is characterised by how objects and materials can be perceived differently. I am inter


ested in material research, experimentation and innovation that are intuitive and hands-on. As an experimental material-led designer my work is driven by the urge and curiosity to transform unwanted and overlooked materials into desirable and functional objects.

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Gwangju Design Biennale 2021
Gwangju Biennale Foundation Sep. 4, 2021 - Oct. 31, 2021
Gwangju, Korea, Democratic People's Republic of
Green Product Award
Milan Design Week 2021
Ro Guiltless Plastic Apr. 2021 - 2021
Milan, Italy
2nd Prize
Ro Plastic Prize 2021
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Elle Decor International Design Award 2020
Core77 Design Award 2020

Design for Social Impact, Student Winner

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Freelance / Missions
Internship / Work-study
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Potentially open to relocate


Outside/Inside was created to question the traditional understanding of a “vessel” and reimagine it with materials like pine needles to not only add more function but also give it a refreshing form. “What do you understand as a ‘vessel’? What image comes to mind if I tell you to describe it? Now, how


far can you stretch that image? How far is too far?” asked the duo as they worked on reinterpreting the meaning through their design. Just like wild grass, it looks like the ‘vessel’ is growing from the surface it is kept on. What I love is the usage of pine needles because it is an underrated and under-explored natural material. Pine needles also bring a touch of nature inside on your shelf or desk. It also adds a poetic theme to the design as its colors, smell, and texture change over time letting you experience the ‘seasons’ of Outside/Inside.

It works with the existing properties of densely packed pine needles that grip and hold things – use it to hold up memos, stationery, flower stems, and more! Outside/Inside gives the conventional round/square based vessel with walls a new meaning by letting you organize objects efficiently, into an entirely new visual, haptic and functional experience. Breaking away from the clinical nature of modern product design, Its form allows the user to come up with their own unique ways of using the object, striking a sense of curiosity and discovery.

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Gaurav MK Wali transforms pine needles into biodegradable composite material

Interested in material research, experimentation, and innovation, Indian designer Gaurav MK Wali has created the cheer project — a research into pine needles in which this abundant and unwanted material is developed into a 100% bio-based and biodegradable composite material.

india’s northern


region boasts pine tree forests that cover most of the Himachal and Uttarakhand lands. more than 500 cases of fires are reported each season, caused by an excess of dry pine needles on the forest floor. with forests covering about forty thousand square kilometres, the damage is incalculable with no significant solution to the problem yet.

Gaurav MK Wali’s cheer project tackles this problem by separating the fibres of the pine needles through shedding. the fibre is further developed into a composite with the help of natural binders and waxes that can be applied into different shapes and forms as well as coloured with natural dyes made from local vegetables and spices. the resulting material is 100% bio-based, 100% biodegradable, recyclable, fire retardant, water repellent and its production process causes no pollution or waste.

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