Discover India anew – at Ambiente 2019. This year’s partner country provides a lively mix of many facets, traditions, creative visions, talents – and a fascinating presence.
Hand Make by Ayush Kasliwal
In this gallery setting, you can expect to encounter unique objects – from tradi- tional originals to products that reflect the latest aesthetic standards. They all have one thing in common: they’re hand- made. These objects provide an insight into established and up-and-coming Indian craft entrepreneurs, their products and techniques. “‘Handmade’ is one of India’s major strengths”, according to Ayush Kasliwal, who curated and designed this special presentation.
‘Many of the craft ecosystems in India still exist, they have avoided being swallowed up entirely by industrial mass production. This is a great opportunity for the country.’
Starry Night Café by Sandeep Sangaru
Sandeep Sangaru’s “Starry Night Café” gathers bamboo furniture under a starry sky, inspired by rural life in India’s north-eastern states. It’s night time, and the area is bathed in deep blue. Woven bamboo light fittings make a canopy overhead that looks like the branches of a tree where people relax at a typical village meeting place.
In ideal conditions, bamboo can grow over a metre a day, so it’s certainly renewable. But bamboo is not just sustainable, it’s also particularly versatile. Many people in India use it for bridge building, houses, baskets or to shelter from the rain. Sandeep Sangaru uses bamboo to make avant-garde furniture. This showcases the material in a completely new way, from production techniques through to coatings. The benches and tables at the “Starry Night Café” are from Sangaru’s collection.
Stepwells are sunken water wells from northern India which impressively illustrate centuries-old, sustainable technology and pure design – as well as traditional Indian handiwork. As such, they underscore the ethos of this presentation, which displays products and their manufacture in an interactive environment. Come and explore the interface between form and function.
Foyer Hall 9.0
The combination of contemporary and historical objects in a light, airy atmosphere is reminiscent of the early travelling traders. Goods were transported in caravans and presented in market tents. This ‘caravan’ takes you on a journey through time to experience India’s distinctive aesthetic.
Foyer Hall 10.1