Art & Architecture
Architectural Digest India

Architectural Digest India January - February 2019

AD India's September issue gives you an exclusive 'Behind the Scenes' look at Mira Nair's glossy TV interpretation of Vikram Seth's novel, 'A Suitable Boy'. Made in close collaboration with the cult status filmmaker, AD reveals yet-to-be-seen stills from the show and an entire design docket from her first recce to Lucknow. AD also presents must-see coverage of the first digital launches from Milan Design Week, with the hottest brands and most interesting designers. This is the Salone Report in an all-new avatar.

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real luxury

I recently made the mistake of referring to Vincent Van Duysenthe Belgian architect famous for a pared-down but instantly recognizable aesthetic—as a minimalist. He quickly corrected me. “Essentialism” is how he describes his work, making the point that his interiors are warm and full of personality created by a carefully selected assortment of objects that are necessary to the owner. I was reminded of the word essentialism by the homes we feature in this issue, all of which capture the idea of luxury through space and form, rather than rich layers of objects, or even art. Embodying this idea perfectly is the personal home of Pierre Jeanneret in Chandigarh, lovingly shot by Dayanita Singh. With just a sprinkling of Jeanneretdesigned furniture, some might say it is spartan, though I would say…

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BHARATH RAMAMRUTHAM photographer Bharath Ramamrutham is a qualified architect and lensman whose work has been published in leading books and publications. For this issue, he photographed the extension of an old family home in Ahmedabad designed by Sönke Hoof of Vastushilpa Consultants in ‘Breakout Space’ (pg 143). He says of the assignment: “The extension was perched above an existing house looking completely different from any other extension that I have ever seen. When I got up there, it was a pleasant surprise to see that it’s a self-contained rooftop apartment with an elegant screened deck and courtyard. The feel was entirely European contemporary, but with a warm, informal, inviting and cosy atmosphere.” ANAND GOGOI photographer Since he graduated from the Spéos Photography Institute, Paris, New Delhi-based photographer Anand Gogoi has worked with some of the…

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desert rose

Jean Nouvel has made creating staggering structures somewhat of a habit, dotting his oeuvre with a number of them—the Doha Tower and the Louvre Abu Dhabi readily come to mind. And on 28 March, culture savants with an eye for architecture will witness another landmark from the Pritzker Prize winner’s portfolio weighed down by singular buildings. The National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) will just have to reconcile to being yet another testament to his sleight of hand at creations that defy classification. This is a country that sits at the crossroads of history and modernity, and tradition and a grand vision for the future; and fittingly, its upcoming landmark is located in the hyper-modern capital, Doha, between the desert and the sea, engulfing within its clearly progressive proportions, a deep history…

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new york state of mind

New York is different things to different people. To the ‘suits’, it’s the financial capital of the world; to the fashion forward, the vanguard of style; to the artists, the restless, rebellious spirit of the times. And to Brian DeMuro and Puru Das, it’s simply, home. “When we decided to launch our brand internationally, New York was a natural choice. It was home [at one point] to both of us and it’s where we conceived of our business, so it’s always been a special place,” says Das, co-founder of the New Delhi-headquartered DeMuro Das interior and furniture design firm. Finding a partner in former banker Amy Lee, they got busy seeking out the right location for their New York debut. Among the several options, nothing hit the spot like the Industry…

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let there be luce

The Delhi design world was dazzled recently by ‘Light First’, a collaboration between iGuzzini, a renowned lighting brand from Italy, and six leading Indian designers—Harmeet Singh Issar, Kanchan Puri, Manav Bhargava, Vibhor Sogani, Sarvdeep Basur and Linus and Lyle Lopez. The result was a series of installations that lit up the official residence of Lorenzo Angeloni, the Italian ambassador to India, on 30 November. The idea behind the collaboration was to celebrate light as art and its impact on the world around it. The meticulously crafted installations were a study in light and expressed its different characteristics—its intensity, depth and shadows. Yours and Mine (pictured), the installation by lighting designers, Manav Bhargava and Bilal Khan (of Mandala, a Delhi-based design studio) was an exploratory piece on the proprietorship of light. The…

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meaning in the mundane

For his upcoming solo show at GALLERYSKE in New Delhi, Sunil Padwal once again turns to his favourite theme—Mumbai and its memories. Maximum city certainly seems to be a recurring motif in his art. Some of his most famous works include Room for Lies, an installation at the second edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale and ‘Soliloquies: Notes from the drawing book,’ a solo show presented at Veranda8 at Space 1857, Chicago—both commentaries on the ever-evolving metropolis. His latest show delves into his personal memories of the city. One of the series to be showcased at the exhibition, titled ‘As Far As I Can See’ (pictured), is a collection of metal drawers used to store nuts and bolts, on which Padwal has mounted drawings inspired by the vivid memories of his childhood. Finding…