“Contemporary design in India is in a nascent stage. With the economy doing well, people are investing money in furniture, graphics, fashion, art. It’s challenging to create good new design here because it’s weighed down by so much history. If you’re constructing a building next to a three-hundred-year-old temple, it needs to be at a certain level, and that’s something I don’t think we’ve managed to do well—most everything modern has been pretty clumsy so far.”
Divya Thakur heads the Mumbai firm Design Temple.