The very first time AD collaborated with Nazneen Jehangir, founder of the floral boutique agency Libellule and Dragonfly Events, we realized we had met someone special.
AD asked her to rethink the traditional Christmas wreath for our final issue last year, and she created a ‘Curry Wreath’, symbolic of Christmas in India, perched between two cultures. Her version of the wreath was filled with Kashmiri chillies, curry leaves and sticks of cinnamon. For AD’s first virtual festival, the AD Weekender, Nazneen took us on a walk through the forests of Alibag, foraging for flowers, while giving us a glimpse of her deep knowledge of wild blooms, herbs and the history of floral design.
MAYANK MANSINGH KAUL
Mayank Mansingh Kaul’s expertise in the post-independence histories of textiles and design in India have set him apart as one of the most eloquent voices in this field. A graduate from the National Institute of Design, the New Delhi-based writer, speaker and scholar has also curated a series of exhibits across the country that have given a form, scale and frame of reference to textiles like never before. To the pages of AD, he has brought lesser-known and alternative perspectives on textiles, for instance his essay on vintage tapestries that defined Geoffrey Bawa’s aesthetic in addition to his architecture and gardens. His talk at the 2019 AD Design Show had a riveted audience witnessing the use of textiles as architecture, from the historic to the contemporary.
Director of the Vadehra Art Gallery, a power collector and a patron of the arts, Roshini Vadehra first let AD into her world through a house tour for the 2016 Art issue, and her relationship with the magazine has only grown deeper since. One of our most passionate supporters, she has introduced us to stellar, blue-chip artists, and knows where all the best houses in Delhi are hidden. A few months into the lockdown, she took AD into her New Delhi home through an Instagram Live, walking us through the collection and how it is hung.
For the past few years, Malika Verma has been one of AD’s closest collaborators, opening our pages to remarkable grassroots stories of crafts of India. The founder of Border&Fall, a member of the advisory board of the Kalhath Institute and a jury member of the AD x JSW Prize for Contemporary Craftsmanship, she has been a vocal advocate for design and craft communities across the length and breadth of the country. Early last year, she took us to the rolling hills of Manipur to discover the black pottery of Longpi. And at the AD Design Show, she held a panel discussion with karigars in multiple languages, introducing AD audiences to voices we otherwise rarely hear.
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