JD Design awards 2022 with its theme sync, gave a chance to the designers to explore different design solutions. One such collection is Unsettle that focuses on the lives of migrants.
Reflecting on everything that we are taught all our lives, right from our childhood, is to grow up and settle, but little did the adults know there would be a different meaning to it all together. In order to settle, we first need to unsettle. When we talk about how we can settle and unsettle in nature, we understand that all these years we have been exploiting our planet and have not saved anything for the upcoming generations.
The collection by Shravya S and Bharath Kumar N V, called Unsettle, is inspired by a future where we not only embrace technology but end up losing all our resources because of over exploitation. They believe that in the future there will be an excessive shortage of resources and mankind will have to wander around in order to fulfill their basic needs, so they have designed a convertible range of garments that will easily be converted into tents, bags and sleeping bags whilst serving the real purpose of clothing as well. This will make it easier for people to migrate from place to place.
The main concept behind the collection is how man is exploiting resources, be it illegal mining, pollution, deforestation, etc., and will be left with nothing due to desertification. That is what they are trying to tell people with this collection, which will help them carry their basics with them. They have used materials like cotton and polyester.
They have made something to serve as a reminder to people that if resource exploitation continues, there won’t be anything left on the planet and they may have to adopt a nomadic lifestyle. Their design collection is based on the design pathway “imagine the future.”
How extremely versatile is design and its process in general? It always leaves us with so much to ponder about and gives us a vision for the future whilst truly settling the unsettled!