By
Ariana Díaz Celma

Today we’re diving fully into the beauty, spirituality and other wonders of Indian design thanks to the extraordinary Sār: The Essence of Indian Design, to be launched by Phaidon soon. The book takes readers around Indian diversity through 200 objects of different disciplines, a journey from antiquity to the present day through pieces carefully selected by authors Swapnaa Tamhane and Rashmi Varmaque.

 An intense journey through the visual diversity of India, through 200 objects from different fields

Design, like art, must be understood and judged in a specific ideological, aesthetic and ritual context. In fact Sār means ‘essence’, and that’s what the authors aim to reflect by selecting the shape and the use of tactile objects. The introduction talks about the how the development of an Indian identity and language was encouraged by nationalists such as Mahatma GandhiJawaharlal Nehru and Western designers  Charles and Ray Eames.

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Sār: The Essence of Indian Design by Swapnaa Tamhane and Rashmi Varma is relased by Phaidon on June 1st.