9 Span­dana Gopal

This is in­dia

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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.

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