“The world has been wait­ing for what In­dia has to of­fer”

India Today - - THIS & THAT - —By Ridhi Kale

There’s a fine line that sep­a­rates the old from the new, the tra­di­tional from the con­tem­po­rary and the high-tech from the an­ti­quated; and it’s a line that in­te­rior and prod­uct de­signer Gunjan Gupta has been proudly blur­ring since she started her prac­tice Wrap in 2006. From dis­play­ing at Salone del Mo­bile, Mi­lan to hav­ing her pieces ac­quired by Musée des Arts Dé­co­rat­ifs, Paris and M+ Mu­seum, Hong Kong— Gupta is known glob­ally for cre­at­ing iconic ob­jects. Her de­signs take what is quintessen­tially In­dian and give it a mod­ern spin. Her lat­est, a new brand called Ikkis.21, which she launched at Mai­son et Ob­jet is Paris ear­lier this year, is no dif­fer­ent. It is a series of 21 in­no­va­tive ob­jects. “The re­sponse was in­cred­i­ble. It just felt like the world has been wait­ing for what In­dia has to of­fer.” So, the cut­ting-chai glass turns into an el­e­gant

brass stem cham­pagne holder, a brass balti (bucket) into a chic wine chiller and a diya (earthen lamp) into a cop­per can­dle holder. Then there’s the matka (an earthen ves­sel to hold wa­ter) that serves as in­spi­ra­tion be­hind the Matka Tif­fin, where ter­ra­cotta-coated cop­per bowls sep­a­rate into three pieces. Sit­ting in her home-of­fice in Ghi­torni, Delhi, sur­rounded by sketches and pro­to­types, Gupta, who is a mas­ters in de­sign from Cen­tral Saint Martins, Univer­sity of the Arts Lon­don, shares a few in­sights.

What is In­dia mod­ern?

De­signs that are to do with indige­nous sto­ries and ma­te­ri­als, rein­ter­preted and reimag­ined for con­tem­po­rary living. This has al­ways been in the back­ground as the in­spi­ra­tion of my work. I just feel that In­dia as a cul­ture has re­ally not been ex­plored from a mod­ern stand­point.

Do you have a favourite prod­uct from the new line?

We have a ter­ra­cotta and cop­per range and I love the idea of com­bin­ing the two ma­te­ri­als. (The ter­ra­cotta coating is a unique tech­nique with a pend­ing patent.) In this collection my favourite piece is the khullar trans­formed into a wa­ter gob­let. An­other favourite is the chakla be­lan that can be used as a trivet, or a cheese board. PRICE `1,850 to `21,550

Pho­to­graph by YASIR IQBAL

GUNJAN GUPTA, 44 De­signer, Ikkis.21, Delhi @ikkis.21 (In­sta­gram)

IN­DIA IN­SPIRED A few of the pieces from Ikkis.21’s de­but line that mod­ernises tra­di­tional de­signs

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