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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 of both and this issue of TAKE on art dedicated to design attempts to provide an understanding from this vantage point. Without trying to necessarily focus on the historiography or attempt such an elaborate project that would be unable to do justice to all manifestations of its avatars, given its ubiquitous and universal presence, we have tried to remain informed of such a history of design, going back to its defining presence in shaping Western Modernism through influential movements such as Constructivism, Bauhaus, Art Deco and so on. Also taken account of is the relationship industrial design has with craft and indigenous aesthetics in India, reflecting upon this history through its resonances in contemporary design contexts." - Bhavna Kakar Excerpt from editorial essa

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