Sneha Mehta

Sneha Mehta is a writer and designer, based between Mumbai and New York. She writes about the cultural implications of design, and how the objects we surround ourselves with shape our identities.

Latest articles

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.

Sneha Mehta

September 01, 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.

Sneha Mehta and Snigdha Sur

August 18, 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.

Sneha Mehta

July 28, 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.

Sneha Mehta

May 19, 2021

Decolonizing Design

A $100 laptop was supposed to change the world. Its failure reveals the dangers of the design and tech industry’s Western-centric conditioning.

Sneha Mehta

September 17, 2020

The Kurta Makes its Fast-Fashion Debut

UNIQLO’s kurta collection popularizes the ancient South Asian garment, but also elicits mixed reactions.

Sneha Mehta

July 13, 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.

Sneha Mehta

May 21, 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.

Sneha Mehta

March 31, 2020

Taking Art to India’s Streets

Non-profit St+art India is transforming the country’s urban spaces, one wall at a time.

Sneha Mehta

February 03, 2020

The Sari Crusaders

How creative interventions are reimagining the sari as a 21st-century garment.

Sneha Mehta

December 05, 2019


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