Category Issue 07 – Design

Curation as Writing/Exhibition as Book – Part III: Övül O. Durmusoglu

One is two, two is one, proposed Övül O. Durmusoglu in a presentation which took as its departure point the inclusion of a mirror in an exhibition ‘Future Queer’ which considered the overlap of past, present and future in  gender poetics. Via Rumi’s story of two rooms in which Chinese painters create a masterpiece while […]


The word ‘design’ encapsulates both a tangible, visual, material entity as well as an abstract order and an area that continues to baffle me. What exactly constitutes design? These two connotations of the word define design in its noun and its verb, the end product and the process, safely locating its understanding at a confluence […]

Design in India : Towards an Agenda?

by Mayank Mansingh Kaul – Guest Editor As a student in India a few years back, I was often struck by the lack of analysis on the events, people and thinking that had led to the present state of design in the country. My own background in studying History and Sociology informed a need to […]

Global Local : Mayank Mansingh Kaul interviews Alice Cicolini

Alice Cicolini is a London based jewellery designer, creative commissioner and producer, and author of The New English Dandy by Thames and Hudson.In the following interview she speaks of Global Local, a show on contemporary Indian Design she curated in 2004, which travelled to The Victoria & Albert Museum in London and 8 cities in India. Mayank Mansingh […]

The Wrap Thrones : Towards International Luxury

by Gunjan Gupta The Import-Export Paradox The Wrap Thrones – a part of Wrap Designs’ launch collection – were first showcased at 100% Design in London, in 2006, and have since then been showcased across key design events globally. Exemplifying the brand’s vision of international contemporary design, drawing from India’s vast repository of luxury handcrafts, […]