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Crafts in Interior Architecture: India, 1990 onwards 
Rishav Jain 

The book "Crafts in Interior Architecture: India, 1990 onwards” by Rishav Jain critically examines the manifestation of crafts in the domain of interior architecture in India today. It attempts to understand the position of craft in interior architecture and design in contemporary India. The book establishes five emerging models of practice that prevail when crafts and interior architecture come together. The book is divided into two major sections, one looks at theoretical understanding of the subject and the second evaluates the recent practice of interior architecture later leading to the emerging modes of practice.

An Assistant Professor at Faculty of Design, CEPT University, Rishav Jain currently also works as a Research Expert at Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre (DICRC)






Book Details 
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Title: Crafts in Interior Architecture: India, 1990 onwards
Author: Rishav Jain
Published by: SID Research Cell, CEPT University, Ahmedabad
Published in: 2015
Price: 3000/-
ISBN 978-81-904096-6-7

How to order:
 Send in an email to kdaprsid@cept.ac.in and sidresearchcell@cept.ac.in with a subject: To order Craft in Interior Architecture book.


Abstract of the book
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Much has been talked about and researched on the traditional usage and integration of crafts in our traditional and vernacular built environment. There is enough documentation and wide literature available on the subject of our rich built heritage. But very little has been said about the manifestation of crafts in the present day built environment. The developments happening in contemporary interior architecture that connect to crafts in various ways, are barely documented. The link between our traditional space making crafts and their contemporary usage seems amiss. 'Crafts in Interior Architecture: India, 1990 onwards', authored by Rishav Jain and published by SID Research Cell, Faculty of Design CEPT University, tries to establish the ground for this missing link. 

The book largely studies the integration of crafts in the domain of interior architecture in India today. It attempts to understand what is the position of craft in interior architecture and design in contemporary India? The book establishes five emerging models of practice that prevail when crafts and interior architecture come together. The research denotes the multiplicity of our interior architecture practices where five streams are identified depicting the myriad manifestations of crafts in the practice of interior architecture in India today. These are listed and explained as Continuation, Standardisation, Apposition, Translation, Denotation.

With a thorough understanding of the subject, the intention of the author was to examine the contributions of various practitioners within the domain of interior architecture who challenged the norm and have made a valuable contribution towards crafts. The book throws light on various discussions, ideas, literature, and criticism on space making craft and its practice today. The position of craft here is studied in depth by understanding the designers’/architects’ approach towards craft in the interior architecture and decoding it by uncovering meanings attached to it.

The research started with the main query of ‘What has been the position of crafts in interior architecture in India during the last twenty years?’. This being the central question there were many subsidiary queries that helped shaping the entire study. The enquiries like ‘What are the possible directions/approaches seen regarding crafts today in interior architecture?’ ; ‘What positions does a designer/architect take while working with crafts?’; ‘How has the role of a craftsperson changed in contemporary practices?’ have been addressed through this book.

Chapter Outlines
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The book is largely divided into two major sections, one looks at theoretical understanding of the subject through literature and the second looks at the recent practice of interior architecture later leading to the emerging modes of practice. The entire structure has been visualized as a narrative, wherein the first part discusses the idea of ‘craft’ in india. This is taken forward with the concept of Space Making Crafts in the second part where craft moves beyond its small scale application of products and objects. The third part dwells into detailing the attitudes towards crafts by various architects and discusses the integration of crafts and design. The fourth part elaborates the period post 1990 and the various projects where crafts integrate with the built form. The analysis done in this part is based on previous chapters leading to the discussion of  the emerging modes of practices. The fifth part poses newer question that come in the mind with reflections of the topic studied.

About the Author
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Rishav Jain is Assistant Professor at Faculty of Design, CEPT University with interests in the position of crafts in the contemporary built environment. He completed his Masters in Interior Architecture and Design specializing in Craft and Technology from Faculty of Design, CEPT University, Ahmedabad with a Gold Medal and a Best Research Award. He also has to his merit a Gold Medal for his Bachelor in Design(Interiors) by Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar. He’s been actively involved in research and design writing and his works have been published at various national and international platforms. His book, "Crafts in Interior Architecture- India, 1990 onwards” talks about the current position of craft in the built landscape of India. As a Research Expert at Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre (DICRC), he has mentored and organized many craft innovation workshops, training programs, seminars, lectures and  lead various research projects.


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