Art & Architecture
Architectural Digest India

Architectural Digest India May - June 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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in this issue

3 min.
the c word

The working title of this issue was Contemporary Craftsmanship and I had intended to use that as our single, sexy cover line until just before Max Modesti began hand stitching Vincent Van Duysen’s cover design on 1,100 metres of sustainable cotton fabric from Akanksha Himatsingka’s new home linen brand, Himêya. But then I bumped into Malika Verma on a plane to Bangalore and, as usual, she made me think more carefully. Malika is, without a doubt, one of the most informed and brilliant minds on craftsmanship in India, and was visibly queasy at the idea of using the word ‘contemporary’ as a prefix to an industry she considers to be absolutely equal to design. ‘Does the work of karigars really need the input of a contemporary designer to be relevant?’…

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JIGNESH JHAVERI photographer Mumbai-based photographer Jignesh Jhaveri is a frequent contributor to AD. In this issue, Jhaveri photographed the cool mise en scène of ‘On The Rocks’ (pg 106). “It was great to collaborate with AD and shoot inside one of Mumbai’s oldest ice factories.” NEVILLE SUKHIA photographer In ‘Modern Patrons’ (pg 96), Mumbai-based Neville Sukhia photographed master embroiderer Maximiliano Modesti and JSW Foundation chairman Sangita Jindal at the former’s Kalhath Institute, Lucknow: “I loved shooting at Kalhath. It was a whole new experience.” BJÖRN WALLANDER photographer New York-based photographer Björn Wallander contributes to some of the world’s leading publications, including many Condé Nast titles. In ‘Monsieur Lesage’ (pg 174), he focuses his expert lens on the 19th-century Pondicherry mansion that is the home of master embroiderer Jean-François Lesage. RANJIT AHUJA designer Designer Ranjit Ahuja threw open the doors of his…

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designed for the driven

AT THE COUNCIL, YOU CAN NETWORK WITH LIKE-MINDED INDIVIDUALS, HOST MEETINGS AND WORK PRODUCTIVELY, ENSCONCED IN THE MOST LUXURIOUS SETTING YOU COULD POSSIBLY IMAGINE. Before you set off on that business trip, there are plenty of things to be taken into account. The location, the hotel and the amenities on offer are only some of the many things to consider. When you travel for business, you want only the best for both you and your team. That’s because most business travellers enjoy every bit of being cossetted and fussed over even while they’re busy working. And if you happen to be reading this, The Council at Hyatt Regency Delhi has some exclusive offers, only for you. Centrally located at the commercial hub of Bhikaji Cama Place, this impressive sandstone structure has it…

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the craftsmanship issue

A lot has changed since our first issue dedicated to craftsmanship. Karigars got organized, designers began investing in experimental R&D, and a whole wave of cool new brands based on mastering materials have emerged. You could call it the golden age of craftsmanship. And it’s not just India; this is a global revolution. From the finest papier mâché objects made in Srinagar, to the world’s greatest master of bonsai, we have scoured the globe for the best workshops, the rarest materials and the maverick artisans shaping the new conversation around craftsmanship. These are the riches of our time.…

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ikkis so good

A garden-variety ‘cutting chai’ glass is elevated into an elegant champagne flute while an inconspicuous lota (vessel) finds pride of place in its new avatar as a decorative jar. Unapologetically unconventional in design, yet deeply rooted in the Indian milieu, these objects are part of the 21-piece collection by Ikkis, the new brand from designer Gunjan Gupta, launched at Maison & Objet earlier this year. Ikkis—which literally translates to ‘twenty-one’ in Hindi—launches with 21 objects designed for the 21st century. Each object is firmly entrenched in an aspect of daily life in India and is as Indian at heart as it is contemporary in form. Seemingly ordinary objects like the balti (bucket), kulhar (earthen mugs) are reinterpreted and uplifted into works of art. This juxtaposition between the traditional and the modern…