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Architectural Digest India July - August 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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be still

You can’t imagine the bandwidth of Zoom calls that went into deciding what we should do for the cover of this issue. After all, we were debating a singular image that needed to reflect the uncertain, upside-down times we now live in. Or, even more difficult, a picture that would be emblematic of the new importance our homes have as our entire universe. Reacting to the pressure, my first thought was of Rahul Khanna. To be shot by his laptop in his apartment, apparently conducting a video call, fully clothed on top but wearing the same pink swimming trunks that he wore on the cover of our March 2019 issue. Work-from-home with a little humour and nudity was, I thought, the answer, in those naive first days of lockdown. A few…

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PRIYANKA SHAH STYLIST A Mumbai-based multidisciplinary designer, Shah possesses an uncanny ability to transform objects into conceptual sculptures. In this issue, she composed AD’s still-life cover story (pg 76). “I wanted to move away from functional furniture settings and explore compositions that would celebrate the form of pieces.” ROOBINA KARODE CURATOR The director of KNMA, New Delhi, Karode writes about the late artist Zarina Hashmi. “AD’s Portfolio section offers an alternate space of engagement with Zarina’s visual vocabulary that was interestingly inspired by architecture.” (pg 88) HAMISH BOWLES WRITER The international editor-at-large for ‘Vogue’ US, Bowles is a leading authority on fashion and interior design the world over. In this issue, he visits the designers Frank de Biasi and Gene Meyer at their enchanting home in Tangier (pg 134). SAHIL BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHER A fashion and lifestyle photographer, Behal is currently interested…

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Amongst the many health and personal care items charting a growing demand this year, sanitizers have emerged as significant soldiers against an all-consuming pandemic. And they’ve caught the attention of India’s leading paint company. Earlier this May, Asian Paints began distribution for its first-ever range of hand and surface sanitizers in an attempt to support the government’s combative measures against Covid-19 and the public’s call for increased cleanliness in its wake. The alcohol-based, clove-scented ‘Viroprotek 200’ hand sanitizer and disinfectant follows in the footsteps of its creator’s other offerings in the health and safety segment (Royale Health Shield, for instance, which is a paint that assists in bacterial protection for homes). “We felt it apt to consolidate our portfolio in the hygiene space and address the growing requirement of hand and…

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salone del capri

The feel and features of a historic house in Italy have been transported to central London. Casa Malaparte—the brainchild of famed 20th-century Italian artist, author, film-maker, architect and renegade Curzio Malaparte—is an architectural gem. Located in Capri with gorgeous vistas of the Tyrrhenian Sea, the house stands as a homage to its late master who designed it, and the contents within, in 1937. “He was a genius of his time,” says Serena Cattaneo Adorno, the director of the Gagosian gallery in Paris, “an ambiguous and mysterious character”. On a cliff edge resting 32 metres above the sea, he spent years perfecting his creation, shaping its proportions and curating it with the most splendid furniture. That furniture is now on display in Mayfair thanks to efforts by his youngest descendant, Tommaso Rositani…

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bear hug

A pair of embroidered hands wraps around a curvaceous armchair, as if frozen in an embrace. Topped with two ear-like knobs, Pierre Yovanovitch’s ‘Daydream Mama Bear’ armchair (pictured) gets an update in LOVE, his latest collection of furniture, launched recently in an exhibition at New York’s R & Company, with scenography by Yovanovitch himself. The range of lamps, cushions, coffee tables and chairs is reminiscent of the French interior designer’s penchant for curvilinear forms and his recurring motifs of luscious lips and urgent, reaching hands. Embroidered by Lesage Intérieurs, the details underscore the inspiration: that strange, undefinable feeling called love. But not all is as expected. Vibrant hues that are often associated with the idea of love are replaced by a milder, softer palette. “I wanted to bring light to the…

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peas in a pod

Pair an interior designer with refined taste and a textile designer with an elegant aesthetic, add craftsmen of meticulous skill and you’ll likely end up with a fine-looking piece of artistry. Priya Aswani and Haseena Jethmalani began their product design collaboration, titled PH, in mid-2014, as the former says, “over a few memorable evenings and some great wine”. If the most recent repertoire of pieces is anything to go by, it continues to get stronger; not surprising, given that it was forged in friendship and similar tastes. “We seem to tap into the most creative potential in each other. I am a trained interior designer and Haseena a textile designer. I believe that this combination has fortified our teamwork.” The pieces, as a result, are a hybrid of two distinct…