Days after the classic rosewood ‘grass-seated’ chair, designed by Japanese designer George Nakashima in 1963-64, was stolen from NID’s campus during the “Nakashima at NID” exhibition, the institute authorities claimed Sunday to have identified two youths who had stolen it.
“After scanning CCTV footage, we’ve been able to identify two persons who are seen lifting the chair and leaving with it. Their faces have been captured very clearly. We are going to submit the footage as part of substantial evidence to the police Monday as an FIR has already been registered,” Pravin Solanki, head of department furniture and interior design, and the exhibition coordinator said.
The two youths, believed to be in the age group of 18-24, are seen in the CCTV footage lifting the chair and heading towards their car. The chair that was placed near boardroom 1 and 2 went missing from the exhibition around 4 pm on November 19. The exhibition was on display from November 14-21.
The footage claims revealed that two unidentified young persons in black enter NID in a Hyundai car at 16:17:07 from the main gate. Security allows them without registering anything.
“The two were seen near the director’s office and looking at the furniture prototype, walking towards board room, then walking back towards the aquarium. One person goes down to pick up the chair. After inspection, both come back with some fabric….They hide the chair in fabric, pick and go toward the lawn. Then at 4.53 pm, the car leaves out of the gate,” Solanki said.
The collection of over 20 contemporary furniture designs by Nakashima during the time spent at the NID in 1964 was an attempt to showcase his legacy at NID.