Archive for September, 2008

Spade is a biannual journal dedicated to Indian Architecural Design. My first reaction when I opened the large courier Editor Samira Rathod mailed across was to its generous proportions. It was beautifully typeset, had great photography, no ads and ample words which promised heavy reading (and sitting in shifting positions having its large pages curl […]


A design representation for ‘Can anything be beautiful?’. Created for W+K SIDE in London, by Latheesh Lakshman who emphatically believed yes. This is his series – India, everyday life.


*An Indian By Design exclusive* In conversation with Anupam Poddar, Devi Art Foundation IndianByDesign:Can one clearly distinguish between art and what is not art, today? Anupam Poddar: I think it is still easy to tell what is ‘art’- the sanctioned and sanctified object. It is not as if we have moved much beyond that system […]


Kavita and Shami gifted me a Salman Khan cushion cover, hand-painted by a hoarding artist. It was quirky and very kitsch, and my introduction to Varsha Sharma’s work. But after seeing more of what she does, I am partial to her weaves and threads and fabrics. A graduate in Textile Design from NID, she started […]


*An Indian By Design Exclusive* The opening of Lekha and Anupam Poddar’s new not-for-profit art space would preempt a surfeit of words on artists and collections. But I choose to speak first of their latest commissioned work – the Sirpur Mills Building. For it is as much art as all that it holds or will […]