India Design ID 2016: 9 art installations that wowed
FEB 25, 2016 | By Tasneem Merchant
At the recently concluded India Design ID 2016, touted as India’s definitive design week, several independent artists showcased their installations at the NSIC Grounds in Okhla, New Delhi. Take a look at our pick of the top nine.
1. Old Love by Lekha Washington
A play on materiality, the EDIDA 2016 Young Talent winner created a striking illusion of metal floating in the mid-air. A large helium balloon in rust hued finish gave the appearance of a floating ball of iron that was pinned down with balls and chains.
2. Lutf by Mukul Goyal
The title of the artwork (which is in Hindi) translates to “pleasure” or “enjoyment” in English. The interactive installation proved true to its name as it featured a metal swing where visitors could sit, relax and play will taking in the view of bustling fairgrounds.
3. Footsteps on the Dance Floor by Gautam Dhawan of Exhibit D
The treated copper and crystal chandelier was inspired by the dance floor of a club and integrated traditional Indian craft in its making.
4. Bodhi Tree by Alex Davis
The complex sculpture depicted the Tree of Wisdom in its entirety. The plain steel part depicted the branches of the tree while the earthy copper portion showed its roots.
5. Amorphous Surfaces by [rat]lab Interiors
The company is a part of the firm Research and Architecture in Technology started by Anchal Chaudhary and Sushant Verma. Their outdoor art installation sought to highlight the fluidity of surfaces through their algorithmically designed object.
St+Art, a collaborative for graffiti artists from across the world, took an old shipping container and gave it a new lease of life. All the visitors had to pass through the refurbished interiors to get to the main exhibition area. We loved the black chandelier and spray painted partitions.
7. Vapour by Vibhor Sogani
The New Delhi based lighting designer’s Vapour drew inspiration from dew and water droplets. The entire structure was made from solid stainless steel, a medium he prefers to works with even while creating sculptural illuminators.
8. Sapno Ka Jhoola by Sunil Sethi
Design maverick Sunil Sethi envisioned his own version of the ferris wheel as a metaphor for the good, bad, ups and downs of life.
9. Sahil and Sarthak
The designer duo who specialise in incorporating handcrafted techniques in their work, displayed their colourful Katran collection as an installation. Their furniture was placed on wooden crates with “Made in India”, “Deliver ASAP – As Sustainable As Possible” and “This Side Up, Up-Cycle” stenciled across them to deliver a message of responsible and sustainable design.