Aequo is a new design gallery in Mumbai, located in the city’s historic Colaba district and has Portuguese and British influences. The new gallery is connecting local talent with global minds to create a new chapter of contemporary, collectable design with a distinctly Indian soul.
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India is known for its flamboyant tastes of Indian royalty which has propelled international jewellers to new heights of creativity, supplying the finest fabrics and embroidery to the biggest names in fashion, and exclusive furniture for homes, palaces and hotels across the world.
The project, based in the historic district of Colaba, Mumbai, reenvisions an equal dialogue between makers, designers and materials in the creation of furniture and interior objects.
Tarini Jindal Handa, the founder of Aequo, grew up surrounded by art, in general. His grandmother started India’s first art residency and her mother had found the Art Magazine in India. She knew since very little that she wanted to continue their legacy by focusing on preserving their crafts.
Aequo, a new design gallery in Mumbai’s Colaba district, is connecting local talent with global minds to create a new chapter of contemporary, collectable design with a distinctly Indian soul. It’s, also, a design gallery where three forces meet with equal intrigue: makers, designers and materials.
A chance meeting with designer Florence Louisy cemented this mission. To introduce foreign designers to their country’s amazing craftsmanship and promote new and unexpected results that would not only help preserve these unique manufacturing methods but also open up a dialogue across cultures, Handa laid out the plan for Aequo, with Louisy on board as the creative director.
The duo invited architect Ivan Oddos to reimagine the interiors of an old building to house the gallery, two workshops and a showroom. The generous size of the structure allowed natural light to shine softly through the double-height windows illuminating the depths of this monastery setting. Clean lines, large open spaces and strategically placed glass doors allow for easy reconfiguration. From Kota stone and marble to red terracotta, all materials used were sourced locally.
In the Aequo’s debut showcase you can find a selection of pieces designed by Louisy that crisscross India’s length and breadth, exploring its wealth of craft techniques. The mission of this new gallery is to invite global minds to work locally, adopting and creating new unique lenses and languages to revisit Indian heritage.
Source: Architectural Digest