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Architectural Digest India December 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
the era of home

I’m telling anyone who will listen that we have entered The Era of Home. On Zoom webinars and in client meetings, I sound like a broken record as I pontificate that the world’s new obsession with home is beyond a trend with a buzzy label like nesting or cocooning. What we are experiencing is a total shift in thinking. With the same zeal that we used to approach travel or good food, everyone I know is making themselves comfortable. Everyone has a to-do list of odd jobs and a folder on their phone filled with inspirational screen grabs of rooms they’d like to live in. All of a sudden, it feels like everyone speaks the language of design. Even my dad can talk wabi sabi, and he’s certainly never heard…

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SIMON WATSON PHOTOGRAPHER Watson’s oeuvre was recently put together in ‘The Lives of Others’, a monograph published by Rizzoli New York. In this issue, he photographs designer Ashish Gupta’s home in London (pg 106). “The collection and arrangement of plants in Ashish’s home shows a deep understanding of decorative horticulture. Bravo Ashish!” ELLIE PITHERS WRITER Pithers joined British Vogue on the print team in 2015 and worked her way up to taking the helm of the magazine’s digital operations, editing Vogue.co.uk as well as overseeing video and social media output. In this issue she profiles Ashish Gupta in his London home (pg 106). BHARATH RAMAMRUTHAM PHOTOGRAPHER Ramamrutham’s career spans over 30 years and counting. In this issue, he photographs AD’s cover story, the Rajkumari Ratnavati School for Girls (pg 116) in the deserts of Jaisalmer. “This is architecture…

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If ever we wanted a cool, contemporary take on Christmas, this is not the year. No, we want tinsel, tradition and ribboned presents under the tree. This was the brief for the AD Christmas Wreath 2020 (pg 60), which also showcases the best of Indian craftsmanship with over 200 hand-beaded berries. In the same festive spirit, it’s hard to miss the riot of pattern-on-pattern gift wrapping dreamed up by stylist Priyanka Shah using our favourite wallpapers, fabrics and carpets of the season (pg 64). All this, as well as the latest design news from India and beyond. Happy holidays from all of us at Team AD!…

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fresh idli

This year might have come to a standstill for many, but for Thierry Journo, life has never been busier. In September this year, the French designer shifted his much-loved lifestyle brand Idli by Thierry Journo from its erstwhile location in Jaipur s Narain Niwas Palace hotel. The new store, on Subhash Marg, in C-Scheme—the city’s poshest and possibly most cryptically named residential area—is larger, more filled with light and much better suited to showcase Journo’s expanding product lines. “Idli became so big, with so many collections; Narain Niwas became too small for me and I needed to move,” he says, simply. The area might be cryptically named, but in this case, the ‘C’ could very well stand for colour and eclectic French chic, both of which are Journo’s signature trademarks. The…

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ad100 trophy

When Mumbai-based design firm Case Design first began imagining the AD100 trophy in 2017, inspiration struck while working on their Topologic bowls, a collection of shallow vessels that plays with squares, circles and triangles. Three years since, the trophy gets a sleek update with a few subtle design tweaks, all while staying true to the firm’s belief in the universal appeal of pure geometry. “A cylinder with faceted edges can create a simple geometry that is both visually interesting and comfortable to hold as an object,” says Samuel Barclay of Case Design. “The carpenters that we work with carefully craft each cylinder, and then facet the four faces on the top and bottom to reveal the final form.” Much like its 2017 version, the trophy is crafted from reclaimed mahogany sourced…

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art de la table

In 2014, three years after Cecilia Morelli Parikh and Julie Leymarie launched their designer concept store Le Mill, they set their sights on a singular goal: to bring blue-chip international fashion to the shores of Mumbai. They were only looking for the very best. From Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen to Erdem and Dries Van Noten, the sharpest looks from international runways could suddenly be found in a slick, white high-ceilinged store in the heart of Colaba. But not many know that the fashion store that went on to become a raging success started as a lifestyle store curating furniture and homeware. Today, almost nine years after they set up shop, Parikh and Leymarie have returned to their roots with a recently unveiled ‘Living’ section on the Le Mill website. With a…