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Architectural Digest India

Architectural Digest India

July - August 2021

AD's special issue dedicated to craftsmanship is back. This issue explores new forms of craftsmanship in multiple mediums—from Kashmiri cashmere to handcrafted metalware. It spotlights thought leaders who have worked with craft communities for decades, and it shows homes and spaces that exemplify the best of craftsmanship. Also in this issue: the Watch Report, which features the best new timepieces released for 2021.

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6 Issues

in this issue

2 min
hello from the other side

Things change in the blink of an eye. Earlier in April, my mother and I sneaked off to Srinagar on a long weekend to catch tulip season. I remember lazily floating in a shikara on the magnificent Dal lake and daydreaming about going off to a yoga retreat. I returned to work and the following morning, Condé Nast India’s managing director Alex Kuruvilla’s assistant called me to set up a meeting with him. What Alex told me that day, literally rocked my shikara boat. The company had put its faith in me and it was time to hit the road running. Condé Nast was changing gears—that much I had sensed over the past months—but how much of a trickle-down effect it would have specifically on me, I hadn’t imagined. And here I am,…

1 min
born from art

Bold yet elegant, futuristic yet utilitarian—Artize’s luxury bathroom offerings cater to design connoisseurs around the globe. With beauty and functionality at the helm of it, the products are conceived by globally renowned designers who use Artize’s ‘craftsmanship’ approach to create objects rooted in nature and top-notch design sensibility. AD spotlights Artize’s award-winning designers who are credited for transforming bathrooms into indulgent experiences, with their bespoke product offerings TIAARA A perfect balance of handcrafted finesse and machine made processes, Tiaara elevates functionality to a memorable experience. Designed by Michael Foley, Tiaara is a celebration of diverse sculptural arts practised across the globe. LINEA Inspired by Suprematist paintings of the early 20th century, Linea features clean lines and contemporary rectangular styling. Designed by Parichay Mehra, Linea is a striking design that enables feather touch movement, eliminating…

3 min

ANINDITA GHOSE WRITER A Mumbai-based journalist and the author of ‘The Illuminated’, Ghose writes about artist Shilpa Gupta’s ongoing survey exhibition at M HKA, Antwerp in this issue (pg 160). “I love the way she balances her politics with poetry in her neon-light works.” JENNY HOUSEGO WRITER Textile historian, designer and co-founder of Kashmir Loom, Housego has helped inspire a generation of skilled craftsmen and set up one of the finest ateliers dealing in Cashmere. In this issue, she shares a photo album of Kashmir Loom and its impeccable, lustrous pashmina (pg 100). MALIKA VERMA WRITER An advocate for India’s craft communities, Founder of Border&Fall, and AD’s Contributing Editor, Verma writes the Grande Dames of Craft (pg 90). “This story was pure indulgence. I spent hours speaking to women I’ve known and respected for years, but this time…

1 min

It’s the one time in AD’s annual calendar when the page count invariably feels tight. This issue is packed with stories of such diversity that only craftsmanship in India can entail. We go from the history of copper beating in Pune to the finesse of pashmina weaving in Kashmir, from upcycled textiles by Paiwand to French designer Pierre Yovanovitch’s much-awaited furniture collection. Plus, interiors that range from Japanese minimalism to Rajasthani heirloom overload. Welcome to AD’s Craftsmanship issue.…

4 min
prized possessions

High up in the hills, in a little village outside Dehradun, Japanese weaver Chiaki Maki and her small crew of craftsmen have been weaving beautiful, earthy textiles for many years now. At Gangamaki—her atelier, which was designed by Bijoy Jain in 2017—a quiet magic unfurls every day: local silk cocoons turn into wispy, lustrous yarns, fabrics dipped in pigments extracted from local plants are coloured in vivid blues and soft yellows, while sewing machines and handlooms hum and clack in the distance. Named after the river that glides through the valley and the founder herself, Gangamaki is a space for experimentation: this is where her textiles come to life–which then travel some 5,500 km away, to Maki’s eponymous studio and retail headquarters in a village outside Tokyo–and also where she nurtures…

2 min
escape route

For Mumbai’s jet-setting lot, Alibag is the idyllic escape that allows its dwellers to switch off while being connected, and affords privacy while being part of a community–all of this a breezy 20-minute boat ride away from the city. For Aditya Kilachand, founder and CEO, Avās Living, this coveted land seemed like the perfect location to build Avās Wellness Living Project, a first of its kind luxury community project, centred around an idea of holistic health. Having frequented the Awas beach in Alibag over the years, Kilachand felt the area lent itself to a wellness ecosystem. Deriving its name from the Sanskrit word ‘avas’ that literally means ‘to inhabit,’ the idea is to encourage patrons to inhabit their best selves. “At Avās, our homes are customised to reflect your individuality,” says…