The Design Village (TDV) and Studio Archohm have been selected to design the India Pavilion at the London Design Biennale 2023, which will take place from 1 to 25 June 2023.
The theme for the fourth edition of the biennale is “The Global Game: Remapping Collaborations”, and the Indian Pavilion will present “Chowk & Charpai: An Urban Living Room”, a multi-sensory exhibition that evokes the essence of a contemporary Indian city.
Mridu Sahai, co-founder of The Design Village, expressed excitement about representing India at the London Design Biennale and showcasing the essence of contemporary India to a global audience. The exhibition not only highlights the importance of design in addressing challenges and providing solutions but also encourages international collaboration and fosters future partnerships.
The India Pavilion at the London Design Biennale 2023 will feature a large urban charpai sculpture that will represent a contemporary Indian city chowk, an open market at the junction of streets. The charpai, a traditional woven daybed found across India, is a design icon that represents Indian craft and transcends time. The pavilion aims to evoke the essence of Indian urbanity through the elements of touch, sound, sight, smell, and taste. The chowk is a symbol of resilience, endurance, and resurrection, and it represents democracy, autonomy, ego, humility, hope, pride, rapture, and rejuvenation. The London Design Biennale was established in 2016 to promote international collaboration and the global role of design, and it welcomes designers, innovators, and cultural bodies from across the world to the capital. The Biennale’s International Advisory Committee and Jury includes prominent individuals such as Paola Antonelli, Es Devlin OBE, and Sir John Sorrell CBE