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Codd Neck Bottles used for lime soda drinks

SĀR: The Essence of Indian Design

written and curated by Rashmi Varma and Swapnaa Tamhane

with photographs by Prarthna Singh

Published by Phaidon Press, 2016

This book aims to find a language for design within India – taking into account histories of craft, colonial influences, trade between neighbouring countries, pre and post-Partition, and what contemporary design is. There is no one word for 'design' in either Sanskrit or Hindi, and so we chose the word "sār" which means essence. We were looking for what an essence of an object could be that could reflect a sensibility. 


Sample Pages from SĀR: The Essence of Indian Design

Phaidon Press, 2016

Photographs by Prarthna Singh

Phaidon Press, Prarthna Singh, Sumeet Mixer
Codd Neck Bottle, Prarthna Singh, Phaidon Press
Phaidon Press, Prarthna Singh
Fiat Taxi Cab, Phaidon Press, Prarthna Singh
Phaidon Press, Prarthna Singh
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