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28 Feb 2020, 09:04 HRS IST
  • PTI
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  • Not all dull and grey: Artists push boundaries with cement
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  • very difficult, but it is pretty smooth to handle. You have to deal with it with a lot of care, lot of delicacy, lot of pampering and when you have done it right, it comes out beautifully," Iti says.

    A fan of all things mysterious, two of her stools are dedicated to her favourite detectives – Sherlock Holmes and John Watson.

    A barbeque stool with a cushion – that actually feels as soft as a cushion, a Dali clock inspired from the Spanish painter's iconic work – "The Persistence of Memory", and an elegant glass set done in the traditional Japanese view of Wabi Sabi are among other art works in her collection.

    Bringing the cultural flavour from his homeland is Alan, who is paying tribute to the folk dancers of Mexico with a pair of wall lamps.

    Effortlessly cut-out in the shape of skirts, the lamps are fitted with lights underneath, similar to the outfits of the dancers, illuminating the entire wall behind.

    He says he turns to objects of historical relevance for inspiration.

    A spice rack based on the Taj Mahal, a mirror inspired from the Greek mythological story of Medusa, and fruit tray replicating the Pyramids of Mexico find place in his collection.

    "Every product is not just beautiful, but a story in itself. I found the Taj Mahal very striking and India is known for its spices, so I decided to put the two together," he says.

    Alan has also created stunning and elegant jewellery sets out of cement.

    Taking inspiration from the logo of the 1968 Olympics held in Mexico, is a pendant, a ring and a pair of earrings.

    Organised by Dalmia Bharat, the exhibition is the second in the Craft Beton series, with the latest collection showcasing 48 high-end luxury products - ranging from lifestyle, jewellery to home accents and furniture.

    The exhibition will next move to Mumbai and will be held at the Indian School of Design and Innovation from January 12 -14, followed by a show at the Bikaner House in Delhi from January 29–31.

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