Design and fashion

Singapore 18th February 2013

Back in Singapore after an interesting week in India. I got caught out with the weather travelling from Goa to Delhi not realising the weather in Delhi this time of the year is not the same as in Goa!! Arriving in Delhi with my summer shirt was not exactly the best of planning! I only realised it when the captain announced that the temperature on arrival was only 10 degrees! Luckily I had some extra T-shirts and the day temperatures crept up to the 20 degree, but still! I returned to Singapore yesterday with a solid head-ache, cold and flu-like symptoms and promptly spent the rest of the day in bed sleeping it away.

My last day in Delhi was spent visiting the Design India 2013 event, which primarily was aimed at architect, interior designers, artists and fashion people, reflected by the high profile attendance of the industry, including the likes of Marcel Wanders making his appearance. It was not a big show, in fact fairly small, but it had a couple of lighting or lighting related stands. I noticed the presence of Flos, Artemide, Lasvit, Vibhor Sogiani and Ochio in individual and integrated stands. Local lighting supplier Vis a Vis was present with a concept booth called “invisible visible lighting”. Not sure about the title, though I understand where Amit came from. I do agree that it is more important to transmit the concept of lighting rather than actual products.

The (lighting) design world is highly fashionable and the leading designers of this world like to make a statement by the way they behave and dress! Hey I am famous, so I dress the part, act the part, even if you don’t like it. I have blogged about arrogance of designers that have reached celebrity status. Sometimes you wonder why they are being paid to be a pain in the @#%! But it is not all negative. They are highly creative people and without being stubborn and arrogant, we may never have experienced some of the innovative and original designs that were created by them. Coincidently in my project in Goa the main adviser to the client is one of the leading fashion icons of India…I don’t know what he knows about lighting but he certainly has an opinion about it… 🙂

Light Watch 4-29: Some pictures of the Vis a Vis concept stand from Design India 2013…

and a small push for local artist Vibhor Sogiani…I really like his creations 🙂

18. February 2013 by Martin Klaasen
Categories: light and art, Light and inspiration, light watch, lighting and culture, lighting design | Leave a comment

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