9 Spandana Gopal
This is india
What preconceptions do we have of Indian design?
People consider India a country of fabrication rather than design. Most of our classic objects were anonymously and democratically designed. This show will highlight how people are working in the country now.
Has anything changed for Indian designers recently?
Young designers have been trying to find their own voices and looking to the West for inspiration. They are now speaking to a new emerging audience in India and answering their own demands for consumer products.
What are India’s particular design strengths?
Absolutely textiles, whether that’s Leah Singh’s all-over embroidery, or Chinar Farooqi’s Injiri work that showcases the details of the selvedge coming off the loom. India is also a base for experimentation, where you can directly access a craftsman or weaver.
How do you see Tiipoi? I think of us as an Indian Muji that retains the handmade element, reinterpreting objects from the Indian household that we may not think of as design. From 22-25 September; visit tiipoi.com and
londondesignfair.co.uk. The curator of London-based studio Tiipoi shares her take on Indian craftwork, which will be showcased at the London Design Fair.