What makes you laugh?
We half expect Shivkumar to say ‘everything’, he’s been laughing and joking from the moment we meet. But he’s far more specific. “My children,” he says. “Their laughter. If I hear them laughing, it makes me laugh too.”
In the wood seasoning section of the workshop, Shivkumar measures and sorts the mango wood we use to make the tops of the Sullivan side tables and media units. “We organise all the sizes, like a catalogue. If someone needs a six metre piece, they know where to find it. Organisation, it’s good for the soul.”
“The biggest challenge I’ve ever experienced in life is marriage,” he winks. “I’m joking! My marriage is great. I like movies, she likes movies, and on my days off we curl up together, and watch movies.”
Shivkumar, 45, wood-measuring artisan