Materials, the basic underline that is chalked plays a pivotal role in giving flight to our fantasy and imagination. One look at the expansive list of materials that we work with and exploit to their maximum potential would give you more and more reasons to delve deeper into the sheer range and variety that Chalk has on offer. We boast of mastering 29 different materials and when we bring these together and explore them all to their maximum potential, the culmination of it all is worth it
Bamboo – a type of grass with a hard, woody, hollow stem grows up to 160 ft in height. The hollow jointed stem of the bamboo plant, is used as a cane, or to make furniture & tools. It is undoubtedly one of the most important non-wood forestry products and one of the most important agricultural plants in the world. It is the fastest self-regenerating natural resource with new shoots that appear annually ensuring production after individual culms are harvested thus bearing strongly on eco and environment friendliness. Bamboo has long being used for creating shelter, cooking food and manufacturing artifacts, furniture and even musical instruments and has been described as “vegetable steel” by renowned Bamboo architect Simón Vélez. It is better suited for gluing than hardwood, has a higher tensile strength than steel, has higher compressive strength than many mixtures of concrete & has higher strength-to-weight ratio than graphite.
The crunchy delicate covering of your breakfast eggs aren’t as useless as you thought! Chalk29 will give you reasons to take a look at it again as a totally different material with expanded scope. Bird eggshells in particular contain calcium carbonate which is an apt substitute for calcite, hence making it of prime use in creating ceramic products. Chalk, aware of this particular trait has made great use of this material and combined our refined taste and creativity with it to create gorgeous products. We creatively disintegrate the shells and restructure them to create lamps, tables, inlay, pottery, vases as well as mosaic surface adornments. With well-placed accents of color & lights, the humble eggshells are transformed into stunning masterpieces.
A light-weight, highly conductive, reflective and non-toxic metal that is soft and highly malleable – Aluminum is an ideal material for many industrial applications. A whole wide range of cans, foils, kitchen utensils, window frames, beer kegs and certain aircraft parts are crafted out of this wonder material. One of the biggest advantages of this material is that this is 100% recyclable and can be refurbished without any change in physical properties of the matter. Allow us at Chalk to furnish some beautifully bent pieces of art made from this subtle elegant yet glamorous material – Aluminum.
Cork is an elastic, near-impermeable material making it suitable for wine bottle stoppers, shuttlecocks, baseball bats, cricket balls, musical instruments, shoe welts, horticulture and even space-crafts. Chalk29 utilizes Cork’s bubble-form structure and natural fire retardant property to design suitable acoustic and thermal insulated walls, floors, ceilings and facades. We explore and indulge in designing mini to max objects ranging from bottle stoppers, bulletin boards, coasters, hot pads to protect tables from hot pans, coasters, décor items to boards and facades. Bringing in a new age suavity to the creative release that takes form in this unconventional material for home décor.
Fiber-reinforced polymer or FRP is a combination of a plastic and a reinforcing agent such as glass, carbon, aramid etcetera. By reinforcing the plastic matrix, a wide variety of physical strengths and properties can be designed into the FRP composite. Additionally, the type and configuration of the reinforcement can be selected, along with the type of plastic and additives within the matrix. It is these variations that instill an incredible range of strength and physical properties. Some of the many advantages of FRP are its light weight, high impact strength, non-magnetism, low maintenance, long term durability, tailored surface finish and so many more. Owing to FRP’s qualities like light weight, corrosion resistance, weather resistance, surface finish acceptance and low maintenance it is gaining popularity in the arena of lifestyle goods. FRP is a fabulous material for decorative pots, lights, sculptures and even exterior facades.
Shells, Seashells or Sea Shells are the hard outer coverings crafted by the aquatic creatures to protect themselves from the elements in the underwater world. Being a natural material, each shell is different from the other and brings in its own identity to the product they finally constitute. Seashells have found use through the ages as tools, jewelry, currency, musical instruments and horticultural products. The birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli is an exemplary piece of art that inspired many great artists of the time by its beauty, diversity and the focal point of the piece – the shell. These inspired artists then further incorporated shells or the likeness of it into their own masterpieces.
By combining select natural materials, an inorganic material comes to be – Ceramic. Ceramic products include earthenware, bone ware, pottery, and porcelain. Collectively these materials are referred to as ceramics. Ceramic materials carry the properties of being strong, stiff, brittle, chemically inert, and non-conductors of heat and electricity. The earliest ceramics were more ornamental than practical indicating that from the beginning, ceramics have been prized for their aesthetic qualities. Ceramics have, however, become more functional today. They are still used to create items of beauty, such as garden statues, figurines, or decorative tiles. Chalk takes this lovely material and gives it definition, a creative flight and a sensitive form to bring in an elegant, classy appeal to the most unassuming of interiors.
Termed as the “golden fiber”, jute is extracted from the bark of the white jute plant. Jute – a soft and shiny, long fiber is known for its strength and is second only to cotton in terms of production quantity and affordability. There are numerous areas where jute is still preferred to synthetic fibers. This shiny fiber is spun into a coarse thread to attain usability in terms of form and strength. Jute fiber is 100% bio-degradable & recyclable and thus, environment friendly. It has high tensile strength, low extensibility, and ensures better breathability of fabrics, making it highly suitable for agricultural commodity bulk packaging. Chalk twists, combines and weaves the jute yarns to create rugs, furniture, multi-use trays, art pieces, decorative planters, chair coverings, wall hangings, lamp shades and sculptures with a refined rustic appeal.
A pliable, tensile and durable material, leather is made from raw animal hide or skin through the process of tanning. This rich and graceful material has traditionally found use in clothing, footwear, accessories and book-binding. Chalk believes that leather has a space outside the confines of your closets and cupboards – in your living spaces. This belief has led to us chalking out some exquisite designs for products ranging from furniture, planter skins to headboards and other lifestyle products. Leatherette is a form of artificial leather, usually made by covering a fabric base with a pliable plastic layer. One of its primary advantages, especially in cars, is that it requires lesser maintenance when compared to leather, and does not crack or fade easily. Chalk has developed designs for the intriguing and unconventional fish skin leather. Fish leather is a surprisingly strong and stiff material varying in looks and strength as per the species.
Medium-density fiberboard or MDF is the most versatile building material as it is dense, flat, and stiff, has no knots and is easily machined. It is a type of hardboard, which is made by breaking down hardwood or softwood residuals into wood fibers. MDF can be painted to produce a smooth quality surface. Because MDF has no grain it can be cut, drilled, machined and filed without damaging the surface. Chalk designs chic MDF structures for both indoor and outdoor applications. MDF is used as a foundational element which then is covered with a more stylish, finished layer. Sculptures, facades, furniture and various other art pieces can be carved out of this wonder material MDF and adorned or finished with mother of pearl, shells, and leather and/or combined with metal structures to give the products a captivating finish.
Baked earth or ‘terra-cotta’ is most commonly seen in Indian pottery, bricks and sculptures. Most roofs of traditional Indian homes were made of terracotta tiles as they could withstand adverse climates while maintaining a conducive conditioning inside the building. Its color varies with the source of the clay. Craftsmen use it to make custom-sculptured adornments and plaques. As compared to metal sculptures, terracotta gives a more detailed, intricate, and natural shape with a simpler and quicker process. The use of knives and wooden shaping tools and the fingers, allows the artist to take a more free and flexible approach harnessing the versatility of this earthy material. This material has a unique characteristic trait of bringing in a cool vibe and a natural calm to the designed space by building a harmonious connection with nature in yet another way.
Bronze is an alloy primarily of copper and tin, often with the addition of other metals such as aluminum, manganese, nickel or zinc. Through the ages, Bronze was widely employed to fashion weapons and objects of art. In India bronze continues to be used in monumental statues, musical instruments and in making of singing bowls by the Himalayan monks. Chalk brings out the raw beauty of bronze to fit into the aesthetic dimensions of the contemporary architectural and design requirements by incorporating accents of new with the old in a harmonious and congruous manner.
Plastics are synthetic or semi- synthetic materials that mold easily, take on desired forms and hence have become a permanent measure and control point in design. Plastics come in various types and unit forms each with a defined and unique usage. Chalk29 uses premium quality plastics that flaunt qualities like scratch resistance, thermostatic, durability, weathering free, anti-fogging, glare reduction and solar reflective. Chalk utilizes this ability of motley members of the plastic family to form fixtures, plastic print art, furniture, waterbody accents, lighting and scores of other applications. We enjoy exploring it by coloring it, tinting it, mirroring it or making it opaque. Two popular plastics that Chalk uses are Acrylic and Corian. Qualities of Acrylic like transparency, clarity, resistance to breakage and elasticity with half the weight of glass and ten times the impact resistance makes it a popular choice for lifestyle pieces in your living spaces.
Mother of pearl is the popular name for iridescent nacre, a blend of minerals secreted by oysters and other mollusks that is slowly deposited inside their shells. It is this material that creates a coating and protects them from parasites, foreign objects and other elements of the sea. Mother of pearl has long been used to decorate watches, knives, guns and jewelry and even make buttons for clothes. With Chalk you can add charm to your interior floors, exterior and interior walls, countertops, doors and ceilings. This subtle luster of Nacre creates interesting pieces of décor and furniture and takes the ordinary several notches up to extraordinary. Insertion of accents into furniture is easily accomplished with this material. Instead of using a marble or tile base, the nacre tesserae can be glued to fiberglass as well. The humble display of iridescence combined with its ability to lend itself to a variety of patterns induces grace into your interiors.
A naturally occurring malleable and ductile metal, copper has a special place even in home décor as it offers so much in terms of form and function. All through our history copper’s use was not just limited to currency. Its distinctive natural green patina has long been coveted by architects & designers and was used by Renaissance sculptors. This scintillating material found a well-deserved space in the Statue Of Liberty. Chalk’s decorative art prominently features copper in its creations, both, by itself and as part of pigments. Copper is Chalk’s muse for creating prints, wall claddings, lighting materials, handrails, pots, counter tops and much more. The sheer versatility of the material gives it an unending scope for exploration.
Marble is usually a light-colored rock. Marble is a hard crystalline metamorphic form of limestone, usually white with colored mottlings or streaks, which may be polished and is used in sculpture and architecture. Its use in architecture dates back thousands of years to ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian cultures. Capable of bearing immense weight, marble was ideally suited for monolithic columns and supporting structures in public, private, and religious buildings. The marble’s ability to be powdered and cut allows attractive pieces of marble to be cut, polished and used as floor tiles, architectural panels, facing stone, window sills, stair treads, columns and many other pieces of decorative stone. Chalk29 designs enchanting compositions for spaces that can be take on the form of headboards, backlit walls, chandeliers, lamps, vases, pottery, sculptures, screens, amenities holders and furniture.
An alloy of iron, chromium and other elements, mostly carbon – Stainless Steel has an extremely high tensile strength. This physical trait of steel makes it a highly popular construction and structural material. The presence of chromium in this highly durable alloy prevents it from damage due to corrosion or rusting by producing a thin “passive layer”. Its ability to take on varied colors, finishes, polishes, shapes and forms makes steel a popular choice for public art, sculpture and outdoor projects. Chalk29 molds and realizes stainless steel into a wide product range from small stationery products for your desk to headboards, wall art and facades. We carefully design the various polished, colored or matt finishes to suit the overall theme or décor concept. This is a material that brings in a contemporary, new age flavor to the designed space while creating a lasting product.
Himalayan Salt, a valuable material is hand-mined from the ancient Sea bed deposits. Apart from being used in cooking and in bath salts it is used for Halo-therapy in spas. Its medicinal benefits include reduction in inflammation of lungs, killing bacteria and treating some skin & respiratory disorders. Chalk unravels the glamour of Himalayan salt by turning it into lamps, back lit walls, decorative vases and centerpieces. Larger crystal rocks are also used as salt lamps by hollowing the rock out and illuminating it from within. When illuminated, salt crystals emit a soft glowing light.
Incredible, intricate and exquisite textures can be attained on Horns, which is basically the same material found in fingernails and hooves. Horn as a raw material is available almost everywhere. It necessitates great deal of expertise for the artisans to use the grain and variations in color of the material to their brilliance. The naturally available hard horn softens and becomes pliable when it is heated and oiled. These were historically used as shofars, bowls and self-defense weapons. Decorative items like intricately carved pieces and stunning sculptures can be chalked out with Horn. Utilitarian items like paper weights, vases, buttons, trays, little boxes, pen stands, lamps, cigarette cases, and ashtrays are also designed at Chalk. Horn as a material when crafted by an experienced hand can bring in a subtle yet definitive opulence to the space that surrounds it.
Quartz is the second most abundant mineral after feldspar. Pure quartz, traditionally called rock crystal or clear quartz, is colorless and transparent or translucent & has often been used for hardstone carvings, such as the Lothair Crystal. Common colored varieties include citrine, rose quartz, amethyst, smoky quartz, milky quartz, and others. Agate, Onyx, and Jasper are a few more of the popular varieties of this beautiful material. The most popular use of Quartz is for Gem trade besides being used as an abrasive for sandblasting, grinding glass, and cutting soft stones. Quartz sand is used in making glass. Porcelain, ceramics, sanitary ware also have quartz as an ingredient. Chalk creates accessories like trays, vases, surface claddings, table tops, lamps, curios and other customized perky elements for adding crispness to the interiors. A sharp accent that provides an unusual elegance laced with opulence and a glam persona to the space.
Glass is so much more than just windows or water glasses. Natural Glass comes from the lightning strikes, green colored glass from meteorite impacts and the volcanic silicate glass. Glass is a shining star among all other materials due its special property of being transparent, modifiability into any desirable shape, heat resistance, chemical inertness and recyclability. It is used in so many arenas ranging from the humble kitchen to grand architecture. Glass was first used to make windows in architecture, and then for decoration by the Europeans in mosaic art for Churches. Today tables, vases, facades, mosaics are just few of the many ways Chalk styles up glass for the aesthetic design applications.
raditionally any stone apart from Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald was categorized as a Semi-Precious stone. The name however, is grossly misleading as not all of them are any less valuable than the precious stones. They were so named due to their ample abundance in nature. Today, however, these semi-precious stones too have become rare and thus expensive. Of around 150 known semi-precious gemstones the most popular ones are amethyst, garnet, jade, tourmaline, turquoise, aquamarine, topaz, jasper, garnet, opal, agate, malachite, obsidian. Chalk29 takes on the responsibility of ethically sourcing these gemstones, treating them in the accurate manner to achieve the best finishes, cuts and shapes to create brilliant pieces of décor with a purpose. Give Chalk a stone, and it will give you back a stunning masterpiece!
A metamorphic rock with a silky luster, Tiger’s eye is a chatoyant (with a cat’s eye effect) gemstone. This one of a kind exquisite gem is naturally available in a warm glowing golden yellow or a cool calming brilliant blue hue. It is one of those pristine stones that has not yet been successfully replicated, thus making it special on its own. Chalk ensures that it induces discerning taste into its creations with the captivating cat’s eye gem applications to table tops, statement pieces, mosaics and surface adornments. Respecting the material for its unique appeal, Chalk uses only the best practices to procure, shape and craft this gorgeous natural stone into stunning pieces of art and function.
Sisal is a natural plant fiber, coarse and strong & is gaining popularity across the globe as a composite material for cars, furniture and construction as well as in plastics and paper products. The traditional uses of sisal include twine, ropes, string, yarn and which can also be woven into carpets, mats and various handicrafts. Sisal rugs are notable for their expressive structure and a unique exquisite blend of colors. Sisal has a strong potential as reinforcement in polymer composites due to its conducive physical properties. The use of sisal composites in automotive components and other furniture is gaining popularity. At Chalk we take this unconventional fiber to create gorgeous products that give an interesting identity to your personal space.
Fabric is essentially any cloth material obtained by weaving, knitting or combining in any other way either natural or manmade fibers or other threads. Natural fabrics are made of natural supplements and can be expensive to purchase. However natural fabric has longer durability, is softer, more luxurious and has higher resilience. Cotton, linen, silk, cashmere, mohair and camelhair are some of the more popularly and extensively used natural fibers. Synthetic or man-made fibers are cheaper and low on maintenance. Some of the more popular and widely used synthetic fibers include acrylic, nylon, and polyester. Chalk29 creates headboards, upholstery, wall paneling and more by giving it various patterns, textures and colors. It is an age-old yet effective trick to use fabrics to make lifestyle goods. Fabric is a trump card that changes and adds on to the whole look and appeal of the space by adding a dash of grandeur and elegance.
Wool is a natural animal fiber obtained from sheep and certain other animals such as cashmere & mohair from goats, angora from rabbits, and many more. However, major source of wool remains sheep hair. Wool differs from other animal hair in several characteristic qualities that distinguish it from hair or fur. It is crimped, it is elastic, and it grows in clusters. Its ability to absorb and release moisture makes it suitable for apparels, carpets and durable upholstery. Industrial uses of wool include sheets of bonded coarse wool used for thermal and acoustic insulation in home construction, as well pads for soaking up oil spills. Chalk29 puts to constructive use the characteristics of wool like fire resistance, water repellence, elasticity, durability, dye-ability and dust resistance. We explore this warm & cozy material to create carpets, lamp shades, mirror borders, headboards, wall applications and more.
Technically speaking wood is the fibrous, porous tissue obtained from trees. Wood is quite possibly the most useful and versatile material that has found use through thousands of years for both fuel and as a construction material. It is abundant, it is relatively cheap, it is environment friendly, it looks great, it is warm and cozy, it is super-strong, it lasts hundreds or even thousands of years, and you can use it for everything from building bridges to making paper. Wood is used extensively even today for numerous purposes from décor to structural to pure functional. Wood is further used to fabricate materials like veneer, plywood, laminated wood, particle board, fiberboard, hardboard. It is strong and stiff while being light and flexible. Chalk envisions wood’s beauty with its processed varieties into sculptures, amenities, headboards, carvings, furniture, facades and even the foundation for many decorative items, 3D wall structures etc.
A naturally occurring form of crystalline carbon, Graphite is a semi-metal mineral & is considered to be the highest grade of coal. Natural Graphite is mostly consumed for refractories, batteries, steel making, brake linings, foundry facing and lubricants. When added to clay, Graphite becomes suitable medium for writing or drawing. Graphite is maneuvered for its hardness softness ratio to attain an end product that gives a variety of outcomes when used as an artistic medium. Chalk 29 exploits this unique property of Graphite to fashion sculptures for both indoor and outdoor spaces, charcoal prints on canvas, paper, and wall murals.
As soon as we look at a piece of paper the natural thing to pop into our heads is the most common use of it, writing, drawing and printing. However, on second thoughts we realize its varied uses starting from paper bags, toilet paper, stationery, wrapping materials etc. At Chalk, we are taking it a step ahead and pushing the scope of paper to the best of its capabilities and offer you interior design pieces of papier-mâché, quilling, paper engineering, wallpapers and other techniques to create products using paper as a core material.