March 29, 2022
How Cartier Built an Empire by Claiming Indian and Islamic Art as its Own
From its Tutti Frutti collection to bejeweled cases, the French luxury jewelry house has long appropriated Eastern influences, calling it aesthetic exchange.
January 26, 2022
How Fazlur Rahman Khan Engineered the Modern Skyscraper
The prolific Bangladeshi American structural engineer set the new standard for tall buildings all over the world, from Chicago’s Hancock Center to Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.
November 16, 2021
Fabindia: How an American-Founded Brand Defined the Handcrafted Indian Aesthetic
John Bissell’s cult lifestyle brand has supported rural artisans for over 60 years. But will the company’s looming IPO put this very mission at risk?
October 5, 2021
How Ajay Bhatt, Co-Inventor of the USB Port, Became a Rockstar
Twenty-five years ago, the universal port changed computing as we know it — but the inventors never profited. We interviewed him to find out why that was intentional.
September 1, 2021
Art Deco: Mumbai's Architectural Tie to Miami
Despite nearly 9,000 miles separating the two cities, they are home to the largest concentration of Art Deco buildings in the world.
August 18, 2021
Controversial Sabyasachi H&M Collection Sells Out — What Gives?
The luxury Indian designer garnered criticism for partnering with the Swedish fast fashion label. His ready-to-wear collection sold out anyway.
July 28, 2021
How the Amul Girl Became India’s Conscience
The iconic butter brand’s take defined how Indians consumed news. But with less room for political dissent, the Amul girl has been holding her tongue.
May 19, 2021
How Matchboxes Became a Stand-in for Indian Visual Culture
The aesthetics of Indian matchbox covers have seen a resurgence as contemporary artists celebrate the work of designers who still remain largely unknown.
September 17, 2020
A $100 laptop was supposed to change the world. Its failure reveals the dangers of the design and tech industry’s Western-centric conditioning.
July 13, 2020
The Kurta Makes its Fast-Fashion Debut
UNIQLO’s kurta collection popularizes the ancient South Asian garment, but also elicits mixed reactions.
May 21, 2020
Keeping Up with Cultural Appropriation
Are celebrities playing dress-up with South Asian fashion appropriating culture or celebrating culture? The problematic trend and corresponding debate hasn’t really gone away.
March 31, 2020
Why America’s Manhole Covers are “Made in India”
How a simple inscription embedded in the streets of America’s cities can trigger nostalgia and reveal stories about global trade.
February 3, 2020
Taking Art to India’s Streets
Non-profit St+art India is transforming the country’s urban spaces, one wall at a time.
December 5, 2019
The Sari Crusaders
How creative interventions are reimagining the sari as a 21st-century garment.
October 17, 2019
India's Type Designers
How India’s digital boom led to a type design renaissance for the country’s diverse languages and scripts.