Klove’s Totems Over Time lights take the form of art deco-style talismans

This collection of illuminated “totems” designed by Indian lighting brand Klove embodies an unconventional blend of art deco and tribal references. Created by lighting designers Prateek Jain and Gautam Seth from Klove, the Totems Over Time collection comprises 10 ornate structures made from glass and metal. Each design makes reference to ancient tribal symbols that […]

Indian designers dismiss “design-school propaganda” as they decolonise their work

Designers in India are rejecting the western canon and instead searching for home-grown approaches to their discipline. The movement to decolonise design in India comes as practitioners question the way they were taught about the subject. Design education in the subcontinent has until now largely focussed on overseas examples. “When we were in design school, […]

Jaipur’s Nila House store aims to preserve traditional Indian craft

Handcrafted pieces from local artisans will be available to purchase in this lifestyle store in Jaipur, India, which features interiors developed by Bijoy Jain. Offering a selection of handwoven and naturally dyed products, Nila House sets out to be a “repository of knowledge” on traditional Indian craft techniques. The store – which includes an archive, workshops […]

Space10 opens second research lab in creative hub in Delhi

Copenhagen-based research lab Space10 is to open a research and design lab next week, in the Dhan Mill gated compound in south Delhi that is home to emerging design studios, creatives and entrepreneurs. The new lab will host community talks and exhibitions, workshops and offer rapid prototyping facilities for local and international designers. It opens […]

Bodice clothes are for the women “challenging conventions” in Indian society

Fashion designer Ruchika Sachdeva’s label Bodice is developing a “new language of modernity” for women in India who want a minimalist alternative to traditional garments or designer formalwear. Sachdeva set up Bodice after studying in the UK at the London College of Fashion, and undertaking internships with designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Giles Deacon. […]

Rocky hillside used as walls and floors for Hilltop School in Hyderabad

The rocky hillside surrounding an 800-year-old fortress forms several of the walls and floors of this school by DesignAware in Hyderabad, India. Situated within a dense residential neighbourhood below the 16th century Golconda Fort, Hilltop School replaces a makeshift school in a large shed on the site, which was attended by local children for four […]

Huge rise in number of schools causes “big crisis” in Indian architecture education

Architecture education in India is in crisis with a shortage of teachers, overcrowded classes and widespread cheating by students, according to architects in the country. A huge expansion of architecture courses over the last few years has led to overstretched and under-qualified staff teaching classes of up to eighty students, Dezeen has been told. Students […]

Cleft House in India is split in two by full-height atrium

A “breached monolith” hides a giant light-filled atrium at the heart of this Indian house, which Anagram Architects has completed on a busy street in New Delhi. Named Cleft House, the four-storey dwelling is designed by Anagram Architects for three generations of the same family that wanted a spacious, light-filled home on a dense site […]

Granite boxes form clifftop house overlooking a lake in India

Stacked boxes clad in stone perch on a rocky outcrop overlooking Durgam Cheruvu Lake in Hyderabad in this house designed by architecture studio Collective Project. Called Lakehouse, the house in southern India has two distinct sides to its granite and wood facade. A plain facade with few windows faces the road, but on the lake-facing […]

Children’s scribbles inform terracotta school by Samira Rathod Design Associates

Samira Rathod Design Associates have completed a terracotta school building in Gujarat, India with lopsided vaulted roofs that take their shape from a child’s doodles. Called the School of Dancing Arches, the buildings sit surrounded by tobacco fields near the town of Bhadran in the Indian state of Gujarat. The school was conceived as a […]

India approves Mumbai-Pune hyperloop in bid to build world’s first system

The government of the Indian state of Maharashtra has approved Virgin Hyperloop One‘s plans to develop a high-speed line between Mumbai and Pune, which could become the world’s first hyperloop. Maharashtra’s government has announced that a consortium of Virgin Hyperloop One and global ports owner DP World would be the preferred operator to build “the first hyperloop transportation […]

Renesa creates whimsical interiors for Unlocked board game bar

Ancient sundials and puzzling video games informed the interiors of this restaurant and bar southwest of New Delhi, designed by architecture studio Renesa. Unlocked is a bar and kitchen in the city of Gurugram that includes its own adventure-themed escape room and a selection of over 100 board games. Featuring bold hues and geometric forms, […]

Bricks made from loofah and charcoal could promote biodiversity in cities

Plants and insects can thrive on the surface of these Green Charcoal bio-bricks, engineered as an alternative to concrete by researchers at the Indian School of Design and Innovation in Mumbai. The researchers’ eco-friendly bricks are made of soil, cement, charcoal and organic luffa fibres — better known as loofah, the plant commonly used for […]

Low-cost toothbrush for use in rural India wins 2019 DBA Design Effectiveness Awards Grand Prix

Top prize at this year’s DBA Design Effectiveness Awards has been awarded to a toothbrush developed for the rural Indian market. The Sensodyne Daily Care toothbrush uses 45 per cent less material than standard toothbrushes and retails for just 30 pence. It was created by UK design consultancy DCA to help multinational pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline […]

10 strange and beautiful houses from all across India

With India emerging as a new hotspot for inventive architecture, we’ve rounded up 10 impressive new homes in the country, from a Mumbai house clad in antique doors to an Ahmedabad villa with rotating walls. Lattice House by Sameep Padora Located in a rapidly expanding suburb, this house comprises of a stack of misaligned volumes […]

IKEA launches homeware made from rice straw to help reduce India’s smog problem

IKEA will launch a collection of home accessories made from rice straw that would otherwise be burnt by India’s farmers and pollute the air. Called Förändring, which means change in Swedish, the homeware collection comprises around 15 lampshades, vessels and mats made using a variety of techniques that use up leftover rice straw. The collection […]

UNStudio masterplans smart city in Bangalore

Dutch practice UNStudio has unveiled a masterplan for Karle Town Centre, a garden-filled smart city in Bangalore where buildings will be covered in cooling white paint. Karle Town Centre (KTC), which will be built alongside the Manyata Tech Park, is designed to be an attractive place for workers and their families to live in Bangalore, dubbed […]

Absence of regulations in India “leads to exploitation of interns” says architecture graduate

Architects in India have to endure exploitative internships in order to complete their studies, according to recent graduate Urvashi Vasishtha. With unpaid internships under the spotlight, she spoke to Dezeen about the situation in her country. Working long hours for low wages “left us feeling unvalued,” Vasishtha said. “It dipped our confidence, decreased our drive […]

Nudes creates cafe in Mumbai entirely from cardboard

Indian architecture studio Nudes has built an entire cafe in Mumbai using cardboard to prove its versatility as an environmentally friendly material. Everything apart from Cardboard‘s core, shell and services in the cafe has been made from cardboard. Walls, chairs, tables and even lampshades have all been sculpted from pieces of the corrugated material. The […]

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