Blown away

A few years back, when I was involved in a rather prestigious luxury project, I used to make multiple visits to Murano in Italy; more specifically to the factories of the finest blown glass experts in the world. Needless to say, the legacy of some of those centuries old brands justified the incredible quality and craftsmanship of the products (one of the brands i was working with had made the first lens for Galileo!). To top it all, the mystique of Venice has always held me in her sway (I am indeed an absolute die-hard admirer of Italy).

But much closer home, in the by-lanes of bustling Delhi, I often experience a similar sense of excitement; when my dear friends, Gautam Seth and Prateek Jain choose to enthrall me (and many more) with their intense ideology and sense of scale in blown glass lighting intsallations. The duo run a brand called Klove but more importantly, between the two, there also runs an incredible amount of refined creativity. It’s not easy to talk about their work, because the visual experience far surpasses my verbal monologue so I suppose I’m just going to have to let my pictures do all the talking.

Keep the magic alive boys… the gullies of Delhi may never surpass the romance of the canals of Venice, but the drama of what you create comes teasingly close to what the Venetians offer…

Viva l’India?

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