Vaishnavi Nayel Talawadekar is an internationally published architecture, design and art journalist.

Vaishnavi runs a sunny content studio called Mangomonk where she writes for brands and publications, big and small.

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New Delhi: A builder floor gets a second life as a palatial family residence

When Shalini Ganguli boarded a Kolkata-bound flight in 2019, the London-based designer had little inkling that the trip would be a one-way deal. Ganguli, who was expecting at the time, had planned to deliver in India. What she hadn't planned on, or expected, was a pandemic that would change her life in more ways than one. "I realized I would be in India indefinitely. And then, one day, a few months into the lockdown, I received an email from a family who had recently acquired a property and were

Dream Weaver: A Spanish-style Casita in Darlinghurst by YSG Studio.

Perhaps it was the pandemic-induced isolation, or their newly minted status as empty nesters, but when one Sydney couple acquired a penthouse overlooking Rushcutters Bay, they were mainly enthusiastic about one thing—dialling up the pizzazz and making up for lost time. And dial it up they did, thanks to Yasmine Saleh Ghoniem of YSG Studio, whom they tapped to give the home a Spanish tapas bar-inspired spin. With larger-than-life landings, glass walls, deep pile bespoke rugs and hypnotic stone s

A Modish B&B in Red Hill by Tom Robertson Architects & Simone Haag.

The very mention of a bed-and-breakfast can conjure up visions of chintzy chairs and lace curtains and fluffy three-egg omelettes that taste like Sunday morning. Bassano is none of that—except for the omelettes, which they will happily indulge. With a charcoal aesthetic and a menagerie of vintage pieces, the Red Hill, Victoria bed-and-breakfast has a voguish-meets-vintage quality ideal for placid days and carefree stays. Once a pair of standalone cabins, the owners, Scotty and Eliza Bemelen, ro

This terracotta-themed Mumbai apartment is a warm and serene sojourn

Living in Mumbai, more often than not, can feel exhausting. And yet, the secret to staying sane in a city that is always on the move, as a 30-something couple found out, is to find an escape that sloughs off the din of the metropolis'. "We decided to give it a terracotta spin," says Mahek Lalan, who stepped in to give their apartment an earthy makeover. "We designed an aesthetic rooted in organic tones that nod to the earth. Terracotta was a perfect reference because of its impermanent and trans

La Hacienda Jardín in Tepoztlán, Mexico by Práctica Arquitectura.

There’s something thoroughly Willy Wonka-ish about the Mexican valley town of Tepoztlán. Known for its exotic ice cream flavours, great weather, and otherworldly flora and rock formations, it earned the title of Pueblo Mágico, or Magic Town, back in 2002. So naturally, it stands to reason that it’s a favourite among locals and tourists alike. “With a population of a little more than 35,000, it is a quiet weekend escape for city dwellers and the perfect retirement oasis,” says David Martínez Ramo

How a childhood home in Mumbai was redesigned to make it more senior-friendly for parents

As we settle into the living room, it's obvious that the Shahs have a thing for understated luxe. "We wanted the house to look lavish but contemporary, with lots of wooden and marble textures. Now that Dhvani and her sister are married, the focus lay on reconfiguring the primary layout to accommodate just my husband and me," says Dhvani's mother, when Dhvani chimes in, "And I had to figure out how I would create a house that echoed their sensibilities, but also, grow with them as they got older.

To Make This Bronze Sculpture, Huang Yulong Completely Lost Himself

Huang Yulong’s “Be My Side” series (2015–20) puts a whole new spin on the term benchwarmer. Each sculpture, available in a limited edition of eight, features a faceless bronze figure seated in a distinctive pose on an aluminum park-style bench. “I took half a year to ‘shape’ the concept,” puns the well-known Chinese sculptor, who uses a blend of bronze and crystals to conjure his anonymous marvels, speaking on a video call. “I was sitting alone on a bench one day, struggling with the idea of ​​

Ashiesh Shah becomes the first Indian designer to debut on The Invisible Collection

Dominated by brutalist tribal hallmarks, Shah's design objects hold a mirror to the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi (an aesthetic concept rooted in impermanence and imperfections). And yet, their identity is distinctly Indian, making frequent references to a sacred and time-honoured Indian form: the lingam. "Revered as an emblem of generative power, the lingam is a form unique to Indian geometry. Its essence is translated to these functional sculptures, lending them a timelessness and ensuring

The Spa-like Hyundai Seoul Shopping Centre by Burdifilek.

When you step into The Hyundai Seoul, it’s not immediately obvious whether you’re in a spa or a shopping centre. With zen design elements, a waterfall garden, luxuriant greenery and sprawling spaces, the department store—South Korea‘s largest—puts a whole new spin on the term ‘retail therapy’. The multi-level scheme is courtesy of Toronto-based interior design firm, Burdifilek, who created the store as part of a larger complex featuring offices, shops and leisure spaces, just in case shoppers de

Taiwan: A Sanctuary-like Villa Near the Highway

Situated just off the thoroughfare in Tainan City, this home — named Eden Oasis — is well connected to arterial roads yet cocooned in luxurious nature. ‘The home is held in by a U-shaped glass enclosure, making nature a neighbour and offering the illusion of living in a forest as opposed to just off an urban highway,’ says Keng-Fu Lo, founder and managing director of Chain10 Architecture & Interior Design Institute, who was enlisted by the homeowner, a young professional, to give the villa a san

Ergonomic and Eco-Conscious – Sofas by Monde

Starting as a feel-good project during lockdown, Tilly Barber’s bespoke furniture brand Monde is rewriting the rulebook for modular furniture with a sustainable edge. Made locally in Melbourne with recyclable materials, each sofa is tailored to the needs of each customer. For Tilly, the lockdowns heralded a new chapter in more ways than one. Not only did it present a wellspring of new ideas, but it also freewheeled her – rather serendipitously – into a new career in product design. Her furnitur

These Soft Sculptures Are Childhood Imaginary Friends Come to Life

With her “Transitional Objects” series of soft sculptures, Gabriela Noelle has reconceived childhood imaginary friends as zany, swish avatars. She took their name from English psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott’s term for the comfort objects held dear by young children. But unlike the companions he was describing, quickly outgrown by their juvenile inventors, Noelle’s creations have no expiration date. “They exist in an alternate dimension where they can only be seen and felt when liberated from th

This multigenerational Mumbai home seeks inspiration from the owners' Bohra heritage

Beside the historic Mazgaon Dockyard in Mumbai rests an apartment that mirrors it in look and feel. There’s the same salty air, the same seaside breeze. The sunlight falls almost identically, as though in topological agreement with the walls within. But that’s where the similarities end. As you venture deeper inside, you’re swept up in a sea of another kind — one of eclecticism, bright accents and monochrome backdrops. Refined and rustic sit on the same plane, and Art Deco elements share the sp

A Renovated Victorian Terrace House in East London by Daytrip Studio.

Clapton is one of those East London districts that often goes under the radar, with a spirit that straddles breezy and bold. With a glittering trail of restaurants and bars, an unmissable weekend market on Chatsworth Road, and a canal that sidles past it, its part-zen, part-zappy character was what caught the attention of one London family. Having set their hearts on an unassuming Victorian terraced property, they quickly realised that they’d need to enlist an architecture firm to give it a thor

This cozy, eco-conscious villa in Uttarakhand grows out of the Himalayan hinterland

The villa tips its hat to Uttarakhand's time-honoured wood carving traditions, in the way of artisan-cut timber frames at the entrance, Kumaoni wood leitmotifs, and hand-carved ornamental details. "The material palette of timber, slate, and local stone builds on the lexicon of the region’s Kumaoni vernacular," says Arora. Remarkably, the interior design scheme mirrors the experience of a treehouse, thanks to classic hand-crafted woodwork underpinned by modernist angles, clean lines, and contempo

A Warehouse-Turned-Townhouse in Majorca by Durietz Design & Development.

Mallorca is the sort of island most people wouldn’t mind being stranded on. Because really, everything about it screams exotic: From the reddish soil and luxuriant olive groves to the cars and streets and people. Camp Roig 31 embodies that exoticism—to the point that it’s hard to imagine it was once a drab 1900s warehouse for crops and meat. The charmingly renovated townhouse, situated in the heart of Alaró, at the foothills of the Tramuntana mountains, has earned a modish rusticity, thanks to J

Inside the Fantastical World of Izumi Kato

“The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity,” Alberto Giacometti once said. There is something about Japanese artist Izumi Kato's oeuvre that perfectly exemplifies Giacometti's quote, leading the observer into a neverland full of humanoid creatures with alien features, who, even, and especially, with their distorted guises, exude a fantastical spirit that is equal parts terrestrial and celestial. The artist’s largest-ever single canvas at auctio

Kerala: A Thalassery bungalow takes root in a childhood vegetable garden

There's something about the first floor that whispers of the wild. Parrot green tiles vivify the passage, while the colours of the coastline are channelled in the blue-and-yellow oxide bedroom floors. The landscape continues in the four-poster bed and the clay ceiling tiles, eventually culminating in a petite al fresco garden. Not to be outdone, the bathrooms showcase similar palettes: While one has rubble-like natural cladding in the shower area, a stone basin, aqua blue accent tiles, and a sky

Mumbai: A 30-year-old apartment gets a black-and-white facelift

When the clients, with whom Thomas has crossed paths almost ten years prior, came knocking, no one could have predicted what would happen next. "The lockdown meant that we had to conceptualise the entire project remotely. No site visits, nothing," rues Thomas, who orchestrated everything from her Bangalore-based studio. But as far as concerns went, the lockdown was the farthest thing from the clients' minds. "They were more worried about how, or whether, we could maintain a bare minimum palette.

Sanjyt Syngh, New Delhi's immersive interior designer

The New Delhi-based designer takes cues from darkness to create playful and immersive meta-luxury spaces As I sit across from him in his New Delhi studio, it’s hard to differentiate between Sanjyt Syngh the person and Sanjyt Syngh the designer. “It’s not a job for me. It’s a way of life. Even when I’m in bed, I have a sketchbook and my laptop at arm’s length. I am constantly designing. The best ideas come to me at 3am when I am curled up in bed and it’s all dark,” says the New-Delhi based desig

Interior Spotlight

Actor Sakshi Malik's Mumbai home is full of picture-postcard backdrops

With a smorgasbord of picture-postcard backdrops and multipurpose zones, Sakshi Malik's Mumbai home in Worli looks like an Instagram handle come to life. "That's the way we designed it," says Nikita Dhoble, founder and principal designer of her eponymous design firm, who, along with Meghna Kakar of Behold Design, was tapped by Malik for a comprehensive redesign. "For social media content creators, good backgrounds are par for the course. So we created distinct zones where she could film various

Content creator Kusha Kapila’s apartment in Gurugram is full of secret contraptions

Effusive and spunky, and famed for her disarmingly satirical Instagram reels, it's hard to imagine that Kusha Kapila could be scared of anything. "It's the dark," she declares. "That’s what terrifies me.” In the swell of morning light that fills her bedroom, I almost miss the sensor-triggered spotlights that flick on as she hops off the bed. “Those keep me excellent company when I decide I need a trip to the bathroom in the dead of the night.” Much like the lights, the rest of the house seems cu

Actor Alia Bhatt’s Mumbai Pad Is an Eclectic & Whimsical Wonderland

The aesthetic is muted, the decor minimalist, and within its restful confines, the homeowners far removed from the fanfare and footlights of showbiz. Inspired by the classic New York loft, this pad owned and shared by actor Alia Bhatt and her sister Shaheen is steeped in neutral hues and imbued with a charming old-world air. “Given that Alia travels a lot, hotels are a mainstay of her lifestyle. Thus, I envisaged a cosy home that would bring her back to her roots, yet be high on style and luxury. The house is designed for entertaining and spending time with family and friends,” says Richa Bahl, founder and chief interior designer of her eponymous design firm Richa Bahl Design Studio.

AD Visits: Actors Aditya Seal and Anushka Ranjan’s newlywed nest is a storybook come to life

At the door of actors (and newlyweds) Aditya Seal and Anushka Ranjan Seal's new Mumbai duplex, the nameplate is conspicuous by its absence. What is not is the cheery (LED) baby seal that takes its place, animating the wall and nodding to its namesake owners. “It's fun to watch people guess," says Anushka. "Those who get it, get it. And it makes for a great conversation-starter." But the unlikely sea creature isn’t the only thing setting the entryway apart—because if the peach-toned front door (a

Downtown L.A. Proper Hotel by Kelly Wearstler.

The corner of LA’s 11th and Broadway is a glittering pastiche of fashion boutiques, sports complexes and Deco architecture. So the fact that the Downtown LA Proper Hotel still manages to take pride of place here, is a bit of a minor miracle. Or not. After all, with design maven Kelly Wearstler at the helm, the 148-room destination hotel’s pizzazz hardly comes as a surprise. Still, the American designer has done justice to the building’s colourful legacy—from its state-of-the-art private club in

Aditya Ghosh’s Gurugram office tells the story of a Renaissance man

Aditya Ghosh is a man of many talents–he is an aviation entrepreneur (and the former president of IndiGo), a restaurateur, an investor, a motivational speaker, an art collector, a dad, and perhaps the best-kept secret of all, “a die-hard fan of Suits,” laughs Sreya Seth, founder and chief interior designer of her eponymous design firm and a long-time friend of Ghosh. So the fact that Ghosh's Gurugram office carries a curious likeness to that of Harvey Specter (one of the show's main characters)

Arctic Monkeys Drummer Matt Helders’ Home in LA by Corinne Mathern.

When Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders purchased this 1950s house in Los Angeles, it was nothing like the home he had dreamed up in his head. The mid-century architectural hallmarks were charming. The natural light, not so much. And so, to help achieve his vision—and some extra sunlight—Matt roped in Los Angeles-based interior designer Corinne Mathern (who subcontracted the project to Landmark Building), known for her balanced, collected aesthetic. For a property that would swing between stud

Pune: The cinematographer of Sacred Games opens up his 1980s heritage property

Built in 80s for a close-knit family, the original home served as a childhood home for the client, a noted cinematographer, known for his work in Sacred Games and Newton. So when it came to commissioning a renovation, he was particular about preserving its heritage. The client lives with his sister and mother. When he was growing up, theirs was the only house in the vicinity that offered a view of the hills beyond. And so, the terrace became the home's centrepiece—the most cherished space by the

This Multi-Pavilion Celebrity Home Fits Together Like a Jigsaw

Gently enveloped between the Sahyadri mountain range and undulating open land, lies this earth-rooted family abode. “The structure is reminiscent of the forts on the horizon, and revels in its ability to become one with the land,” says Puran Kumar, founder and principal architect of Studio PKA. “It was designed as a weekend retreat for a well-known film industry personality and his family, to serve as a reprieve from their bustling city life. In this vein, we ventured out in search of a tract of land that would not only capture the essence of the place but also inspire, delight and satiate their creative endeavours.”

Bologna: Leopoldo Cavalli’s villa is an osmosis between brick and concrete

Wood warms the walls of Cavalli's studio, enveloping the observer in silent strands of contemplation. Glimmers of greenery peep through a diminutive opening behind the antique desk, created with the modules of the wooden bookcase. An area reserved for music takes pride of place, presenting a Larix piano bar and a Riverside sofa and ottoman in milk white leather. “The desk is one of my favourite pieces in the new house, and one of the very few items not created by Visionnaire. I found it in an ol

Architecture Spotlight

Taiwan: A Sanctuary-like Villa Near the Highway

Situated just off the thoroughfare in Tainan City, this home — named Eden Oasis — is well connected to arterial roads yet cocooned in luxurious nature. ‘The home is held in by a U-shaped glass enclosure, making nature a neighbour and offering the illusion of living in a forest as opposed to just off an urban highway,’ says Keng-Fu Lo, founder and managing director of Chain10 Architecture & Interior Design Institute, who was enlisted by the homeowner, a young professional, to give the villa a san

This cozy, eco-conscious villa in Uttarakhand grows out of the Himalayan hinterland

The villa tips its hat to Uttarakhand's time-honoured wood carving traditions, in the way of artisan-cut timber frames at the entrance, Kumaoni wood leitmotifs, and hand-carved ornamental details. "The material palette of timber, slate, and local stone builds on the lexicon of the region’s Kumaoni vernacular," says Arora. Remarkably, the interior design scheme mirrors the experience of a treehouse, thanks to classic hand-crafted woodwork underpinned by modernist angles, clean lines, and contempo

The home of the future may be hands-free. Here's how

We explore developments in the smart home industry that will fundamentally shape a new era of residential design. If you've experienced the joy of a bag of Cheetos®, it's likely you're familiar with the telltale orange dust it leaves behind on your fingers, rendering you temporarily handless until you take a trip to the sink. But what if the dust never left? What would it take to live a productive life hands-free? The answer, evidently, lies in a marketing experiment by parent company PepsiCo i

Goa: This heritage bed-and-breakfast enlivens a century-old family legacy

Like most old Goan homes, Casa Gracia has architectural features that nod to its colonial heritage. Its 2-feet-thick walls, built in laterite stone and mud and finished in lime plaster, are an unmistakable emblem of pre-independence Goa; as are the pitched roof profile and colonial-style red oxide flooring. So naturally for Santimano, retaining them was non-negotiable. "Lime plaster is a material that allows the home's mud-stone walls to breathe. And its imperfect finish only adds to the wabi-sa

Architectural Rebirth: Castle-Turned-Convent in Corsica by Amelia Tavella Architects.

The Convent Saint-François, located on the French island of Corsica, looks like a modern-day, Mediterranean version of The Sound of Music—with everything besides Maria and the von Trapp pack in attendance. Old it might be, but there’s absolutely nothing old-fashioned about this 1,000-square-metre castle-turned-convent that dates back to 1480. So much so, that a copper honeycomb veil sits over the structure like a second skin, channelling a fantastically outré flair. “It had lain partially ruine

In Hyderabad, an eco-friendly weekend home that defies conventional rules of architecture

In the backwoods of Hyderabad, on a downland of rolling grass, rests an A-frame farmhouse that appears to have risen from the depths of the earth. And yet, it's far from down-to-earth. Its contemporary arrowhead roof and triangular proportions could easily have you mistaking it for a tee-pee-style cabin in the Californian outback. “The most striking feature of this house is the roof,” says Simeen Quraishi, one-half of Hyderabad-based design studio Moriq, adding, "It is composed of two triangular

India Houzz Tour: A Home of Endless Windows and an Earthy Palette

With a decidedly earthy palette, plentiful greenery and free-flowing spaces, this home in Bangalore, India, designed by Greyscale Design Studio, embraces modern design while paying homage to its natural surroundings. “The couple wanted their home to be inclusive, with each space capable of being a gathering point. They were keen for the home to be open to greenery and that each material [should] have a unique significance,” says Ninu Ahluwalia, one of the principal architects who worked on this project.

In This Kerala Bungalow, Almost Everything Is Upcycled

In the heart of Trivandrum, the capital of the southern Indian state of Kerala, there is a small site that breathes fresh air. “It was being suffocated by other residential projects from all four sides,” says Vinu Daniel, whose firm, Wallmakers, inverted the home’s layout to funnel the interior flow into a central courtyard. Airy and luminous it may be, but those aren’t the only hallmarks that separate this curious home from its cookie-cutter surroundings. Its Rat Trap bond masonry and upcycled

Take a trip to the moon in this serene, celestial bungalow in Goa

A central double courtyard with a crescent-shaped pool acts as an arterial gateway to the various sections of the home, and presents a dramatic interplay of sunlight and shadows. “The house is divided in half by the pool; with the living room, kitchen and guest spaces on one side, and the bedrooms on the other,” says Kulkarni. Semi-open, louvred walkways fill the courtyard, subtly parlaying into the common and private spaces. “The layout of the home is inward-looking, since it was built on a tig

Design Spotlight

To Make This Bronze Sculpture, Huang Yulong Completely Lost Himself

Huang Yulong’s “Be My Side” series (2015–20) puts a whole new spin on the term benchwarmer. Each sculpture, available in a limited edition of eight, features a faceless bronze figure seated in a distinctive pose on an aluminum park-style bench. “I took half a year to ‘shape’ the concept,” puns the well-known Chinese sculptor, who uses a blend of bronze and crystals to conjure his anonymous marvels, speaking on a video call. “I was sitting alone on a bench one day, struggling with the idea of ​​

Ergonomic and Eco-Conscious – Sofas by Monde

Starting as a feel-good project during lockdown, Tilly Barber’s bespoke furniture brand Monde is rewriting the rulebook for modular furniture with a sustainable edge. Made locally in Melbourne with recyclable materials, each sofa is tailored to the needs of each customer. For Tilly, the lockdowns heralded a new chapter in more ways than one. Not only did it present a wellspring of new ideas, but it also freewheeled her – rather serendipitously – into a new career in product design. Her furnitur

These Soft Sculptures Are Childhood Imaginary Friends Come to Life

With her “Transitional Objects” series of soft sculptures, Gabriela Noelle has reconceived childhood imaginary friends as zany, swish avatars. She took their name from English psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott’s term for the comfort objects held dear by young children. But unlike the companions he was describing, quickly outgrown by their juvenile inventors, Noelle’s creations have no expiration date. “They exist in an alternate dimension where they can only be seen and felt when liberated from th

Sanjyt Syngh, New Delhi's immersive interior designer

The New Delhi-based designer takes cues from darkness to create playful and immersive meta-luxury spaces As I sit across from him in his New Delhi studio, it’s hard to differentiate between Sanjyt Syngh the person and Sanjyt Syngh the designer. “It’s not a job for me. It’s a way of life. Even when I’m in bed, I have a sketchbook and my laptop at arm’s length. I am constantly designing. The best ideas come to me at 3am when I am curled up in bed and it’s all dark,” says the New-Delhi based desig

A designer creates the most close-to-reality dollhouse for her alter ego

The dollhouse was fashioned out of MDF; with individual pieces precisely laser-cut to size, primed, painted and assembled. The walls and floors were hand-painted to channel exposed cement and Jaisalmer flooring, and the wooden herringbone floors and bathroom tiles were printed and hand-embossed to mimic real tile patterns. In designing the furniture, Nambiar adopted a scaled-down, real-life approach. "All the couches and chairs were made like real furniture; they had wooden inner frames which we

This London-based studio’s product range is made out of marble waste

Mia Castenskjold, Klaus Weiskopf and Stefan Zschernitz never intended to start a marble product company. Yet, what started off as a passion project—a dining table made from salvaged marble offcuts—parlayed into an opportunity to discover and create more. “The table got some attention, and we received a considerable number of requests. In that vein, we decided to team up and start the company as a side project. Our main objective was to experiment and build well-crafted, unique objects, and most

London: This designer built a children’s dreamland by using Lego Dots

Walala's stylistic references are emblems of bold architecture, unbridled colour and flamboyant expressions. South Indian architecture, in particular, has deeply influenced her design ethos. “Some postmodern houses in South India are not designed by architects; the people there just like strong shapes and colourful facades. This type of architecture was one of the inspirations for the Memphis movement, which, in turn, has been the strongest reference point for HOUSE OF DOTS,” says Walala. Works

Eyes-Wide-Open: A Seoul-based designer creates furniture that is invisible

Seoul-based designer Hyukjoon Choi's invisible furniture range is an architectural feat that could comfortably masquerade as a magic trick. The series features shelving and storage units that seek to elude the mind's eye, coalescing into the background and providing its contents with a curious illusion of levitation. Choi's designs hold a mirror to the question, ‘what if furniture was invisible?' Characterised by indiscernible outlines and gossamer shapes, Choi's creations have a diaphanous qua

These products are rewriting the rulebook for ones with special needs

Envision a folding, wall-mounted contraption that masquerades as an on-demand shower seat to fill in for your wheelchair. Or a cup—bolstered by a base, coaster and lid—to guide your shaky arthritic hand from table to tongue. In a world geared towards conventional ability and accessibility, a clutch of emerging, innovative designers are catalysing a gentle revolution in inclusive design, introducing adaptive furniture, product and interior design concepts for the ones with special needs. Here are

Art Spotlight

Inside the Fantastical World of Izumi Kato

“The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity,” Alberto Giacometti once said. There is something about Japanese artist Izumi Kato's oeuvre that perfectly exemplifies Giacometti's quote, leading the observer into a neverland full of humanoid creatures with alien features, who, even, and especially, with their distorted guises, exude a fantastical spirit that is equal parts terrestrial and celestial. The artist’s largest-ever single canvas at auctio

French Ceramicist Grégoire Scalabre’s Latest Masterpiece Is Inspired by a Greek Goddess.

Gregoire making the miniature porcelain pieces for his sculptures. Photo by Fabien Jallot. Glazed and ready to be added to the larger sculptural form. Photo by Charles De Borggraef. The Final Metamorphosis Of Thetis by Gregoire Scalabre, presented at Homo Faber 2022 in Venice. Photo by Charles De Borggraef. Made up of over 70,ooo of miniature porcelain pieces turned individually by hand, L’Ultime Métamorphose de Thétis (The Final Metamorphosis Of Thetis) by Gregoire Scalabre is a labour-in

Modern Muses, Enduring Icons of Beauty

In advance of Sotheby’s Modern Evening Auction (27 April, Hong Kong), we take a look at a selection of paintings by modern art masters that celebrate the muses who have been the source of their artistic inspiration. Through these works, we sense the resonance and emotional response from the artists’ relationships to their subjects, expressed in a powerful statement of enduring beauty. The women of Pablo Picasso’s life were the fulcrum of his genius, essential to his creative and intellectual pr

Emerging Artists Who Will Shape the Contemporary Art World

Noted for her kaleidoscopic abstractions of floating moons, knobbly trees and effulgent sunlight, Shara Hughes's brushstrokes freewheel across the canvas in a smorgasbord of colour. The New York-based artist, who earned a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2004 and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2011, has a bold signature that riffs on dramatic tones and dreamlike manifestations. Hughes's oeuvre nods in equal spirit to the deeply saturated palettes of the e

Hôtel des Académies et des Arts in Paris by Lizée-Hugot

In the time capsule that is Montparnasse, art can be seen everywhere. On buildings. Inside them. On walls and ceilings and doors and windows. As frescoes and as freestanding displays. And in the case of The Hôtel des Académies et des Arts, in its past, present and future (you see, the building has served as a hotel for well over a century). The Parisian hotel’s cool new avatar is courtesy of architects Stéphanie Lizée of Lizée-Hugot, an architecture firm she co-founded with Raphael Hugot. Stéph

Delhi: An all-women show makes a splash at Vadehra Art Gallery

An ode to female artistry, with interdisciplinary conversations around the nature of self-building, will soon assume a novel avatar, in the way of an all-women group show christened (ME)(MORY). The exhibition, curated by Dipti Anand, is available for viewing at Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, and features an eclectic collection of artworks by nine leading artists with a subcontinental presence. These include Faiza Butt, Ruby Chishti, Anoli Perera, Bakula Nayak, Apnavi Makanji, Rakhi Peswani, Him

COVID-19 Relief: Artists create artwork plates for homeless New Yorkers

This year, the COVID-19 pandemic inspired the Coalition for the Homeless to eschew their annual traditional gala and auction in favour of new, innovative ways of fundraising. On 16th November, they launched a first-of-its-kind collaboration with 50 distinguished artists to create limited-edition plates; the proceeds from the sale will help homeless New Yorkers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative titled ‘The Artist Plate Project' mirrors the non-profit's time-honoured legacy of c

London: Get your hands on a Picasso original at Sotheby’s

Most art lovers covet a Picasso original, but bona fide artworks by the grand master are few. Soon, art collectors can look forward to a spectacular selection of Pablo Picasso's works from the private collection of his granddaughter, Marina Picasso. The auction, titled ‘Sotheby's Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale', was unveiled at Sotheby's Impressionist & Modern Art Department, London, on January 5, 2020. Pieces will be available for public viewing from January 29, 2020. Pablo Picasso is one

Mumbai: Jamaat’s exhibition unfolds a sacred geometric language

Witness a sacred language of form and sound unfold on canvas. An art extravaganza christened ‘Yantra and Mantra' will be unveiled by Jamaat today, in commemoration of their 21st anniversary. The show is slated to run until 28th February 2020. The exhibition is an introspection into geometric shapes and proportions and their architectural symbolism in sacred worship and spiritual practices across civilisations. “There exists a belief that God created the universe according to a geometric plan. T

Make a date with Frida Kahlo in the Windy City of Chicago this summer

If you're an art aficionado, the summer of 2020 promises to be a season to remember. Frida Kahlo 2020, a one-of-a-kind, multifaceted exhibition hosting one of the largest private collections of original artworks by Frida Kahlo, is opening in Chicago between March and August 2020. Go on and satiate your soul with an art-filled summer. Frida Kahlo was a Mexican artist whose stylistic ethos seeded a powerful visual metamorphosis in 20th century art and culture. Kahlo was noted for her self-portrai