• Adil Ahmad : Minimalism is an alien sensibility to Indians

    Adil Ahmad : Minimalism is an alien sensibility to Indians

    Founder of The Palace Collection and former Creative Director of Good Earth says homes now look like showrooms because people have lost touch with their own realities

    In this no-holds barred interview, one of the very few ever given by Adil Ahmad— founder of The Palace Collection, former Creative Director of Good Earth and interior designer par excellence— he talks about everything from his childhood to his work style, his decision to split from Good Earth and his distaste for commercialism. A straightforward, down to earth man with an easy sense of humour, Adil believes that luxury lies in judicious affordability— despite his star studded project list that includes Vasundhara Raje’s New Delhi home, Saif and Kareena’s wedding, and the opulent Sujan Rajmahal Palace. Minimalism, he believes, is against Indian sensibility—which, from Mohenjo Daro to the Mughal forts and grand temples, is all about surface decoration and amalgamation of cultures— and décor should be about a well lived space that tells you’ve been on a journey. The man from an elite background who dropped out of school at the age of 13, and got his first paid project at 16, gives us a rare glimpse into his inner world. Come, sneak a peek.

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