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India inspired designs on sale at Sotheby’s

Indian inspirations will power Sotheby’s forthcoming auction ‘Inspired by India’, which will offer contemporary designs, photographs, textiles, ceramics, jewellery and furniture from May 8-15 in London, the auction house said on Wednesday.

The showcase-cum-auction will feature established designers such as Alice Cicolini, Rahul Kumar and Sabyasachi Mukherjee.The event also features up-and-coming artists like Els Woldhek and Pia Wustenberg, all of whom have been inspired by the culture, colours and crafts of India.

Their work will demonstrate how traditional Indian skills can be incorporated into lively contemporary international work full of excitement and surprise.

The exhibition has been curated by tastemaker Janice Blackburn and designed by Tricia Guild of Designers’ Guild.

Commenting on ‘Inspired by India’, Blackburn said: “The crafts we associate with India – weaving, embroidery, metal work and enamelling – are sadly disappearing. The way to preserve these wonderful techniques is to move them forward with well-designed products, which combine traditional skills in a contemporary way without sacrificing their historical context.”

“All the designers I have selected share a passion for India and have produced work which is a successful marriage between the best of fine, original design without compromising on the rich tradition of India’s hand-making processes,” she added.

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