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Architectural Digest India January - February 2021

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

2 min
brave new world

When I first became editor of this magazine, five and a half years ago, it felt like every conversation I had was about the return to decorative. From Paris to Mumbai, everyone in design was talking about a resurgence in rich layering, heavy embroidery and a kind of contemporary baroque. It was a period in time, one where an entire new archetype of interior designer was born, characterized by riotously colourful, ultra-Instagrammable rooms. Hello, Marie-Anne Oudejans and friends! Fast forward to 2021 and the conversation could not be more different. Certainly, the idea that we create interiors for the vignette, or for an Instagram post, is dead. Design will have to work harder in this brave new world. It simply isn’t enough for aesthetics alone to bring you pleasure. There needs…

3 min

SUPRIYA LELE DESIGNER The British-Indian founder of the eponymous fashion labeL was a finalist of the LVMH Prize 2020. In this issue, AD excerpts from her first publication, the photography book Narmada, shot in India with the superstar fashion photographer Jamie Hawkesworth (pg 80). MOZEZ SINGH WRITER Singh is a designer, producer, director and more. In this issue, he visits Vana, a wellness centre in Dehradun founded by his cousin Veer Singh (pg 118). “I had a transcendental experience. It was internal and gorgeous on the soul level; I wanted nothing more than to share it with the world.” CAROLE BAMFORD ENTREPRENEUR A champion of sustainable, mindful living, Bamford is the founder of Daylesford, an organic farm; Bamford, a wellness label; and Nila House in Jaipur. In this issue, Bamford puts together her mood board for AD (pg…

1 min
switched on

Using the simplest geometric forms—an interlocking set of circles here, a layered, running track-like pattern of ellipses there—ceramicist Lubna Chowdhary creates dizzying compositions, brushed in luscious palettes of jewel blues and powder pinks. The works that come together in Code Switch, her first solo exhibition at Jhaveri Contemporary in India, which runs till 27 February, might be her most revealing yet. The work began during a residency at the IASPIS in Stockholm, Sweden, where Chowdhary was taking some time to step away from ceramics, and looking for new mediums to dig into. As the world shut down due the pandemic, she brought these ideas to her home studio in south-west London—designed by David Adjaye—and this is where she began making works that meandered between ceramics, collage-work and paintings. The large-scale ceramic…

1 min
film noir

In a short film titled Exposure, released last November, the lens of legendary French art director Fabien Baron follows the days of a woman, played by the very stylish Charlotte Gainsbourg. She lives alone in a villa and wakes up day after day to photograph herself. It’s as if she is in search of something, perhaps herself. Exposure is intimate, self-reflective, intense, voyeuristic and poetic in a way that only a Fabien Baron image can be. And the Oscar for best commercial collaboration goes to Zara Home, whose furniture and linen Gainsbourg used to design the set. “Charlotte embodies intelligence, emotion and intrigue. Together, we were able to create a new cinematic approach for Zara Home,” says Baron. An unmade bed of soft white linen, reflected through an arrangement of mirrors…

1 min
foregrounding the feminine

Titled ‘Minds Rising, Spirits Tuning’, the 13th Gwangju Biennale—led by artistic directors Natasha Ginwala and Defne Ayas—has chosen to represent art that revisits concepts of cosmologies, female Shamanic healing powers, and modes of communal survival. “Now more than ever, the hierarchy of knowledge is being shaken as planetary forces compel a rethinking towards the ‘communal mind’. The need for learning from the wisdom of indigenous cultures, shamanic practices, matriarchal models of society is growing,” says Ginwala. International artists include Alexandra Sukhareva, who embarks on stirring performance photographs; conceptual artist Ana Prvacki, who employs humor; Anna Maria Milan, who brings a delightful twist to animation. The Indian artistic expression is concentrated on painting and installation, with a focus on Arpita Singh and Sahej Rahal. The Mumbai-based Rahal has a body of work that…

1 min
life in the slow lane

An acronym of ‘sustainable’, ‘local’, ‘organic’, and ‘wholesome’, the Slow Farm in Bengaluru is based on the premise of living mindfully and consciously. Founded by ex–investment banker Reema Gupta, who laid the seeds for this idea almost seven years ago, this might just be its year to shine, as the philosophy of slow becomes more relevant than ever. A hands-on, take-charge kind of eco-entrepreneur who is not afraid to get her hands dirty, she shares a connection with the natural world: “Nature was always my go-to place, a place to heal.” Gupta also encourages a more responsible and sustainable way of living. One of her biggest challenges—and goals—is plastic-free packaging. Because of the difficulty of transporting perishables without it, some products (like cold-pressed oils, seasonal fruits, vegetables, and free-range eggs) are…