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Architectural Digest India October - November 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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6 Issues

in this issue

2 min
letters from the editors

At the beginning of lockdown, some eight months ago, the ten international editors of AD began a monthly Zoom call. Ostensibly, it was a forum to discuss the rapidly evolving editorial landscape (hello, IG live) and mastermind our move into virtual events (goodbye, cocktail parties). Perhaps the first few calls had some awkward silences but it quickly evolved into something where big ideas were born: the ‘I Love Salone’ campaign in support of the Italian manufacturers as their factories shut down; the panel discussion organized by AD Pro; and a few co-produced shoots. Collaboration does not come naturally to traditionally territorial editors, but we worked it out. Unusually, the AD editors are friends, not just colleagues. But by far the most delicious part of the call was the glimpse we got…

4 min

MARIE KALT EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, AD FRANCE At the helm since 2008, Kalt is the creative force behind AD Intérieurs, the magazine’s influential interior design event. “It was interesting shooting these pictures for AD India (pg 112). It made me look at places I saw daily in a different way and catch them in the right light.” BERYL HSU EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, AD CHINA Hsu joined AD China in 2013 and has been developing it as a multi-platform space for architects and designers. “Home is where the mind can rest. It is a pleasure to share my home, a place I find peace in, and creativity and love.” (pg 128) ENRIC PASTOR EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, AD SPAIN Pastor has been with AD Spain since its foundation in 2006. He took over as editor six years ago and introduced a point of view of optimism,…

2 min
magic carpets

It all began with a few humble, handmade stamps. For Italian artist Gianpaolo Pagni, the familiar printing tools became the building blocks for his graphic artworks, brimming with arresting patterns. “First, I create a personal, graphic vocabulary made up of shapes, lines and materials. Then these elements are turned into stamps that allow me to draw and compose endlessly,” says Pagni. For the Cordélie collection launched earlier last month, Hermès took two of Pagni’s artworks and turned them into rugs. The architectural lines and curves of the two designs—‘Escalator’ and ‘Tremplin’ (pictured left)—were inspired by the geometric forms of escalators and diving boards, and lent themselves beautifully to a technique never before used to craft rugs at Hermès, in which fine cotton cords are stitched atop a firm linen base. Each…

1 min
a naga story

The lean frame of the ‘Naga’ chair seems impossibly fragile. And still, cloaked in Heirloom Naga’s voluminous handmade raincoat, the chair’s design finds a curious balance. Imagined by architect and designer Ashiesh Shah in collaboration with Jesmina and Aku Zeliang of Heirloom Naga, the chair was born out of a need for an office chair for Shah’s atelier in Mumbai. While his initial design for the tactile, aluminium body of the chair was ergonomically sound, Shah noticed that it didn’t seem quite complete. “The chair was originally titled ‘Maman’, as a nod to the sculpture by Louise Bourgeois that inspired its form,” says Shah. “While it sat comfortably at our conference table, it lacked the warmth to offset the cold metal surface.” The problem found the perfect solution in a traditional…

1 min
shades of change

With the absence of Salone del Mobile this year, Fendi Casa resorted to the next best alternative, as did most other brands this year: A virtual launch of its 2020 collection of furniture. And for its design cue, it delved into that inexhaustible crucible of inspiration, nature. Elegant shapes were expressed with unique materials and layered with colours found in nature—ultramarine blues, garnet reds, the deep greens of a tropical forest. And all of it was fused with variations of the brand’s signature shades of black, tobacco and amber. The collection was brought to India by New Delhi–based lifestyle brand Seetu Kohli Home. “Fendi Casa is usually extremely guarded when it comes to showing their collection but we were thrilled to be personally presented with the collection—virtually, of course—by Olga Vignatelli…

2 min
soul food

For Priya Ahluwalia, fashion designer and founder of the clothing brand Ahluwalia, her lived experience of Southall became the springboard for Jalebi, her second book. Much like the syrup-drenched sweet it has been named after, the self-published book is a visual feast of images that make a compelling narrative of the book’s primary focus—Southall, London. The inspirations were, in a sense, familiar—and familial. “I am really lucky that my family has a great archive of family photos. I have always looked at them for inspiration,” explains Ahluwalia, the daughter of an Indian mother and Nigerian father. “The aim was to celebrate [Southall] and all the beautiful nuances of diversity it represents.” Ahluwalia roped in photographer Laurence Ellis when she had the idea for the book. “We both care about sustainability and…