Welcome 2018! The combination of January and winter sparks a creative surge in travelling exhibitions, literature, art, music, marathons and food festivals!!

Along with fun and learning IIID INSITE January 2018 commences the year with a Furniture Special. What better way to start than to bring alive talent from all over the country into the pages of our magazine! Can we call these designers indigenous, global, or are they innovators that represent the temporality of style, place and culture; or are they expressing a new wave of thinking through a collaboration of artisans, designers and technology? Flip through and see what excites your senses!

This issue’s Insite Story features Prof. Pravinsinh Solanki who talks about a basic unit of furniture, the chair, and its significance in the socio-political and economic space. He reflects on materials like bamboo and the need to be mindful of ergonomics and technology.

Anuj and Anand Ambalal both believe in the strength of timeless classics and subtle innovations within the same. Their work is sometimes funky, yet they explore products inspired by stylistic art movements or historical styles with a new outlook through material and technology.

Pinakin Patel, the master of the Indian eclectic, and his mixed media furniture talks of form and functionality as essential to any design, apart from culture and place. Sandeep Sangaru’s designs are awe inspiring. From the Kashmir carpenters to the Tripura bamboo workers, it has been an enriching journey. Sandeep’s interests directly impact the survival of traditional skills. Engage with it before it disappears!

Siddha Sardesai’s innovative project ‘The Junction’ reflects the convergence of elegance and quirkiness demonstrating an exciting array of products with recycled material. Our young designer, Madhu Kannabiran, has created a new wave of furniture that “opens ways in which our bodies interact with seating objects.” The ‘Seating Renaissance’ is a project worth going through.

Apart from these interesting projects, the book review on ‘Building Green: Environmental Architects and the Struggle for Sustainability in Mumbai’ by Anne Rademacher opens out our thoughts. I am sure, Ravindra Salve’s artistic pursuits too will be of interest. His forms have reflections of Indian and Greek mythology which required a lot of experimentation in order to be accepted by Indian and foreign patrons.

Happy reading!