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Architectural Digest India October 2018

From the most beautiful celebrity homes to the smallest living spaces, AD India presents the very best of international and Indian architecture and design, inspiring readers to create the homes they’ve always dreamt of. The magazine contains photo spreads of the best homes, stories on the latest trends and people in design, plus advise practical solutions for home improvement. Our pages help readers visualize, plan, adapt, and innovate houses to reflect the personalities of the people who live in them. As a showcase of the best of contemporary India design and key international trends, it is an essential resource for refined home-owners planning luxurious spaces.

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let there be (good) light

(PORTRAIT: R BURMAN) I’m a sensitive guy. Especially when it comes to light. When I first moved to India to work for AD, I had a dubious reputation for wearing sunglasses in my cabin. No, the Condé Nast dream had not gone to my head and I definitely wasn’t trying to be the Anna Wintour of Ballard Estate. The problem was that I just couldn’t handle the overbearing, way-too-bright, and pristinely white strip light oppressing me from above. It crippled me. It was so unlike my previous office, where I was bathed in natural light sitting next to a 12-foot-tall window overlooking Place Vendôme, that I needed those sunglasses just to stay sane. Things had to change and they did. I moved to a sunlit cabin and, for late nights…

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INGO MAURER designer Since 1966, German industrial designer Ingo Maurer has been making magic with lights. For ‘AD x Ingo Maurer’ (pg 179), the designer revisited his studio’s old work and shared a design that never saw the light of day. “The collaboration made me look at some ideas that weren’t realized, which is something I don't do often. I'm filled with a mix of regret and new energy to get them accomplished.” DIVYA THAKUR designer Divya Thakur is the founder of product design studio Design Temple. Years of designing, curating and writing have made her a critical force in shaping tastes and trends. For ‘AD x Divya Thakur’ (pg 185), she gave the traditional rangoli a contemporary makeover. “The possibilities of playing with…

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a new design language

Rhythm, the sofa that lets you pick beauty that isnt fragile Cookie, a table that lets you indulge in long, lazy lunches Today, the lives of people entail an interesting mix of multitasking, flexibility and above all, the freedom of living. They have new habits, new hobbies and new preferences. They are big on creating experiences, thrive on entertainment and depend on technology 24/7. They look for things that make their lives easier, unique and more enjoyable. Catering to this evolving lifestyle is Godrej Script—a new perspective on furniture design. After all, the way you live is defined by the space you live in. So the question remains—is your space a true reflection of you? Does your home double up as an interactive work place for your freelance assignments?…

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gateway to art

Jhaveri Contemporary, previously in Mumbai’s Malabar Hill neighbourhood, now occupies a 130-year-old building in Colaba. The mixed-media artwork is by Anwar Jalal Shemza. (PHOTOS: PANKAJ ANAND.) Amrita (left) and Priya Jhaveri at their new gallery space in Devidas Mansion. Hanging on the wall next to Amrita are artworks from Manisha Parekh’s Waking Up series (graphite on Fabriano paper). On the other wall is Vasantha Yogananthan’s An Ocean of Uncertainty (2013), hand-painted on a black-and-white Jaykumar Shankar photograph. Behind them are two 2008 artworks by Michael Müller titled Yorkshire (Part 2) and A Case of Exploding Mangoes during the Monsoon Season (Part 1) (right). Geographically, the distance between Walkeshwar Road and Colaba is a reasonable nine kilometres. Atmospherically? They couldn’t be further apart. The residential pocket in Malabar Hill is…

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hey, miss t

The two-storey bungalow that housed Busaba—an iconic Colaba establishment in its own right—now plays host to the very chic Miss T. Gauri Devidayal and Jay Yousef’s second restaurant finds itself in good company; the impressive facade of The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower is visible as you walk through its sliding doors. But once you’re inside, Mumbai melts away and you’re transported to Miss T’s world—a new South East Asian restaurant that moonlights as a cocktail bar. The bar top has been constructed using a crystal quartz top and a clear mirror underneath, for a sleek finish. It is sharply lit by a strip light from FLOS’s Black Line collection. The bar stools are upholstered in a deep teal fabric. DREAM TEAM Miss T is the result…

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avant garde

A corner of David Gill’s former home in Vauxhall, London, furnished with pieces from his personal collection, like the ‘Cut Out’ sofa and ‘Polyhedral’ side tables, both by Mattia Bonetti, and one of Paul McCarthy’s pirate drawings. Also in the gallery, a Jean Prouvé cupboard, table and bookcases with stools by Charlotte Perriand and a daybed by Ernest Boiceau, circa 1999. In the stairwell of Gill’s Maltese home hangs the 2004 light installation My Madinah. In Pursuit of My Ermitage by American artist Jason Rhoades. (PHOTO: JAMES MACDONALD.) A date painting by Ugo Rondinone at the Vauxhall gallery; beside it are two tables by Mattia Bonetti. The David Gill Gallery in London can be likened to an interactive art installation, not unlike those that have been displayed within its…