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Architectural Digest India

Architectural Digest India September 2020

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In a first, the editors-in-chief of the global editions of AD open their doors to their own homes. From Luca Dini's postcard-pretty farmhouse in the Tuscan countryside and Beryl Hsu's flower-filled apartment in Beijing to AD India's very own Greg Foster's Mumbai studio, this issue offers a glimpse into the personal spaces of some of AD's most celebrated faces and explores the realness of family life and the new reality of working from home. Also expect The Kitchen Report - AD's highly anticipated feature with inspiration for kitchen redesign and the hottest trends in kitchen decor, hardware and gadgets.

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6 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
finding mira

1. At the beginning of the year, we’re looking for a big idea for the AD Design Show. Something magical, on the level of last year’s Cabinet of Curiosities by Jean-François Lesage. One of the concepts we start discussing is a collaboration with the cult-status film-maker, Mira Nair, working with her set designers to recreate one of the locations from her forthcoming BBC production of A Suitable Boy. Or perhaps ask the author Vikram Seth for an unpublished passage from the original manuscript to build a set around. Great ideas that unfortunately become pie-in-the-sky fuzzy in mid-March. 2. There is lots of buzz about the Mira Nair adaptation that will debut in the UK in July. In the run-up, an inordinate number of people tell me that Vikram Seth’s classic is…

3 min.

MIRA NAIR FILM-MAKER ‘Salaam Bombay!’, ‘Monsoon Wedding’, ‘The Namesake’ and ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’, Nair is best known for her visually dense films that pulsate with life. In this issue, the director collaborates with the AD team to curate and annotate photographs from her latest series ‘A Suitable Boy’ (pg 55). NANDINI MEHTA NAIK PHOTOGRAPHER Nandini Mehta Naik, a Mumbai-based photographer, converted her home into a studio for ‘The Masked Ball’ shoot (pg 48). She has spent over a decade in photography, and has found a new love for still lifes. ARADHANA SETH PRODUCER Known for her work as a visual artist, film-maker and scenographer, Seth dons the hat of a producer for the latest series ‘A Suitable Boy’. In this issue, she guides us with her notes from her early recce and research on this production (pg 55). VIKRAM…

2 min.
the jaipur-capri connection

Something about the air in Capri (and the waters around it) has people coming back for more; something besides the incredible food and limoncello. A prominent repeat visitor, Aquazzura founder and creative director Edgardo Osorio puts it best when he says, “Every time I’m here, I feel like I’m living la dolce vita.” Osorio deems the Neapolitan island his eternal “happy place”, immortalized as the one true inspiration behind the name of his luxury shoe label. No wonder then, that the Florence-based designer was so eager to bring what he started almost a decade ago to where he started it. In his own words, “It has always been my dream to have a boutique in my favourite place in the world.” Aquazzura Capri opened its doors in July; its facade rife…

1 min.
cushion, untitled

One of the unexpected benefits of the lockdown has been the nudge toward virtual platforms it has given to traditional brick-and-mortar spaces. Indian art galleries are prime examples. Some have risen to the occasion, offering online exhibitions, talks and walkthroughs, but taking actual, tangible art to people has been a challenge. Taking the lead in this space is Vadehra Art Gallery’s new online store that offers customers a range of art prints, photographs, books, editioned artworks, and art-emblazoned merchandise like coasters and cushions. “We started making art-inspired products in 2008,” says gallery director Parul Vadehra, adding, “To offer them for sale through an online platform was completely a lockdown project!” The gallery represents some of India’s biggest artists and photographers, including SH Raza, Akbar Padamsee, Atul Dodiya and Shilpa Gupta, among…

2 min.
perpetual music

In line with their commitment to the arts, Rolex launched a new initiative to financially help singers and musicians affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The project included three Rolex “Perpetual Music” concerts in Italy, Germany and France. The initiative launched on 21 August 2020 and continued through to early September. “Our aim [was] to support the world of music and provide the opportunity to musicians and singers to have their art live on by performing at prestigious venues with the finest acoustics,” said Arnaud Boetsch, Rolex Director of Communication and Image. Each of the three Rolex “Perpetual Music” concerts were headlined by leading international singers and Rolex ambassadors—Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez, Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva and Mexican tenor Rolando Villazón. They performed a repository of solo and ensemble performances—in Pesaro,…

1 min.
the doors

Rimadesio was founded in 1956 in northern Italy by Francesco Malberti, as a small glassmaking workshop. Under the leadership of Francesco’s sons Davide and Luigi, it has since then grown into a company with a turnover of millions, and a reputation for innovation and cutting-edge design. It was a meeting with architect Giuseppe Bavuso in the early 1990s that nudged the brothers into the sliding-door space: “We knew glass well but we had never worked on aluminium,” says Davide. The idea took hold and had two significant outcomes: Bavuso came on board as the brand’s creative director, and a few years later, the ‘Siparium’ sliding door system—a turning point for the brand—was born. The system was classic Bavuso, with a minimalist aesthetic, sound technical expertise and an in-depth understanding of material. The…