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Architectural Digest India March 2020

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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in this issue

3 min
when it clicked

I spend a lot of time talking to photographers. Briefing them on the corners of a house they shouldn’t miss, on the temperament of the homeowner and why we commissioned them for a particular project. Calling in feedback on images while they’re shooting (I like to see shots as they happen). Then calling again to ask why the high-res files haven’t arrived. But more often than not, I listen to photographers. Listening to their ideas, their tips about incredible houses that no one else knows about, about the clever new stylist they just started working with. After all, they’re the lucky ones who’ve seen it all and who have cultivated the eye. I listen most carefully to Dayanita Singh. Some of the best advice I’ve received since becoming editor of this…

4 min

RAGHU RAI PHOTOGRAPHER India s leading photojournalist and a Padmashree awardee, Rai has captured the story of India in his 50-year-long career. For the first time for AD, Rai shoots his own home in Delhi (pg 234), complete with its people, pets and views from inside out. MASSIMO LISTRI PHOTOGRAPHER No art, architecture and interiors publication is complete without Listri’s photographs of the most beautiful palaces and villas from all periods. As he shoots his own home in Florence (pg 256) for AD, it emerges that his preferred style of shooting is also his preferred style of living. FRANÇOIS HALLARD PHOTOGRAPHER The man who has captured the ateliers and residences of the greatest artists and architects of the 20th century—including Luis Barragán, Eileen Gray, Cy Twombly, Giorgio Morandi and many, many others—Halard creates portraits of people through their…

2 min
peter the great

In the 1980s, when Nature Morte—Peter Nagy’s legendary East Village, New York gallery—was championing a new kind of neo-conceptualmeets-pop art, its founder and gallerist was also, in parallel, working as an artist. His work during this period reflects the spirit of the city back then. This month, a new exhibition focuses on that work, which Nagy produced between 1982 and 1992. Titled ‘Entertainment Erases History’, the exhibition features black-and-white works that use seriality and repetition to build a clever criticism of traditional methods of representation. This includes his anti-commodity ‘Xerox’ works of the early 80s, his ‘Cancer Painting’ series, and later architectural paintings, museum floor plans and tongue-in-cheek timelines of contemporary art history. For the ‘Xerox’ series, Nagy photocopied multiple collages made from advertisements, logos and found images. Visitors to Nature Morte…

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green house effect

The idea was to rediscover the richness of the floral world—the richness of plants and leaves, intimately intertwined,” says Benoît-Pierre Emery, creative director at Objets et La Table at Hermès, about the intent behind the luxury maison’s newest tableware collection. On this journey of discovery, Emery was led by artist and ornamentalist Nathalie Rolland-Huckel, courtesy whose delicate renderings the collection seems to almost pulse with life. Launched at Maison et Objet in Paris early this year, the collection is named Passifolia—a portmanteau of Passiflora incarnata (the scientific name of the passionflower), and ‘foliage’—but channels into its 30 pieces a variety of flora that blends the real with the imagined, the familiar with the fantastic. “We started with existing flowers,” says Emery, adding, “but allowed ourselves the freedom to associate with them…

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house of art

A young, lean Maqbool Fida Husain painting, intensely, intently; Tyeb Mehta’s wife, Sakina, speaking into the camera, “People say his art is violent; I say it is against violence”; the demolition of Babri masjid—these are scenes from independent film Kekee Manzil: The House of Art. While it’s a brief history of modern art in India, the film is also a tender, charming portrait of Kekoo and Khorshed Gandhy, a Parsi couple who facilitated the careers of some of the most brilliant artists of our time. Behroze Gandhy, their daughter, had been filming her parents with a camcorder for over 20 years, “more as an archivist than anything else”. In 2016, a few years after they passed away, she partnered with Dilesh Korya a Bristol-based filmmaker, to tell this deeply personal story…

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a case for wood

Use these logs.” As briefs go, this Van Rossum brief to Case Design was brevity at its best. For the latter, it was enough. As Paul Michelon—who heads the Mumbai-based firm’s product and furniture arm, Casegoods, along with Samuel Barclay—says, “Van Rossum has been designing and hand-making sustainable oak furniture for 40 years. A mutual love for wood and craftsmanship is what pushed all of us to work together.” This partnership had its roots in a December 2018 visit made by Marlieke Van Rossum to Mumbai. “She was curious to see the furniture and objects we design under Casegoods.” A trip Barclay made in February 2019 to the furniture maker’s workshop in The Netherlands initiated this collaboration, where they would design furniture that Van Rossum would then craft and produce…