Doshi Levien’s Loves
On occasion, the editors of Sight Unseen spot a story about creativity told from a viewpoint that’s not unlike our own. This one comes from the website of London-based design couple Doshi Levien, whose East-meets-West sensibility (Doshi is Bombay-born; Levien is Scottish) is revealed through a series of inspirations in a section of their site called Loves. Click here to visit the site and to view the entire Doshi Levien catalog, and read on to find out what moves the multicultural couple.
Libertina Bras (above): Libertina bras bought in Karol Bagh market in Delhi at a tiny specialist ‘Hosiery’ store. This packaging is dated yet has a utilitarian charm and graphic clarity unmatched by other lingerie brands. “For a gentle lift, a perfect fit.”
The Garden of Life, by Naveen Patnaik, is a beautifully illustrated and practical guide to the use of plants in a range of applications — sacred, medicinal, culinary, cosmetic and aromatic. This painting inspired the Moroso collection My Beautiful Backside.
Pantibar posters: Pony Ltd. is a graphic design studio founded at the beginning of the 21st century. Based in London and producing work internationally, it is the partnership of Niall Sweeney (Dublin) and Nigel Truswell (Sheffield) and Ollie (the dog). Pony promotes conflations of fact and fiction, is happy on screen, loves ink, making music and running around the city at night with a loose collection of shadow puppets.
Mr. Harish by Bharat Sikka from the book India Now. For years, the portrayal of India has seemed paradoxically stagnant. Gripped and dazzled by this land, a vast army of imagemakers pursued a false vision, focusing on its picturesque poverty and traditional culture. A different generation of photographers tackle progress and problems generated by the country’s economic social and cultural transformation.
Shadi Ghadirian is an Iranian photographer whose work reflects what she sees as the duality and contradiction of life. Ghadirian expresses the difficulties women face in Iran today — torn between tradition and the modernity of globalization. These composed portraits depict women unsure of the era they belong to.
Street Dreams: Indian Vernacular Studio Photographs: In the studios of India’s Rotiographers, a remarkable collection of props and backgrounds make it possible for ordinary men and women to act our their fantasies and to celebrate rituals. The photographs are a compelling combination of the imagined and the real. Book edited by Val Williams and Anna Fox. Essay by Satish Sharma.