After Paris, London and New York, Dubai is asserting itself as a major design center. But what’s next?
Luckily for you, you don’t have to guess it. After Dubai and its amazing Design Center, Delhi, in India, is well on its way to becoming another big design center of the world. Below you will find the eight reasons we believe this really might be the next major city celebrating design and all the right reasons for you to start prepping your trip today.
8. Local artisans are being given more and more opportunities
If you were to shop in Delhi you would find many local artisans selling handmade home good, especially in the Central Cottage Industries Emporium, which is being operated by the government as a way to support local and traditional artisans. The best thing about it? You can also shop online and support these local artisans!
7. It’s becoming safer and even more accessible
One of your concerns when traveling to such a big city as Delhi might be safety. However, that is one of the issues that is on its way to becoming a thing of the past. According to The New York Times, for the past two years the city government has been addressing tourist safety with upgraded Uber background check and safety measures, as well as a new 24-hour foreigner helpline.
6. It boasts astonishing architecture
The ‘Lotus Temple’ in Delhi.
This one comes as no surprise, of course. India is known for its breathtaking natural and man-made views. And Delhi is home to countless classic and modern architecture sites that will leave you absolutely astounded. What is know as the “Lotus Temple,” the Bahá’i House of Worship was designed by Canadian architect Fariborz Sahba in 1986, and since then it has welcomed over 70 million tourists!
5. It’s on its way to becoming an important fashion center
Vineet Bahl’s runway show at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion in New Delhi
You can’t dissociate design with the fashion industry, so it only makes sense that Delhi is also on its way to becoming an important fashion capital, alongside Paris, New York and Milan. Three years ago Delhi and Mumbai were recognized as two major new fashion cities during an exhibit on Global Fashion Capitals at The Museum at FIT.
4. It celebrates India’s design and crafting heritage
One of the most ancient Asian civilizations, India obviously has a major design and crafting heritage, something that Delhi takes very seriously in celebrating. When visiting Delhi, make sure to visit the National Crafts Museum, with more than 33,000 objects, and a library with more than 12,000 books on handmade crafts!
3. It hosts India’s largest annual design event
We’ve talked about what to do in India this year if you’re an art and design lover, before. However, there is one particular design event hosted in Delhi that attracts thousands and thousands of people from all over the country: India Design ID. It happens every year in February, and its main goal is to take both design and architecture-related themes to the masses and make them more accessible to everyone. Are you going to miss India Design ID 2019?
2. Both renowned and young designers are setting there
Famous interior designer Raseel Gujral.
In recent years, Delhi has been growing its design community, becoming an attractive place for renowned and up-and-coming designers to visit and even set their offices there. “Earlier there used to be one big creative community — there are now a lot of young and talented designers working in various genres of design,” said Aman Khanna, a sculptor and graphic artist.
1. It has a flourishing design district
The new Delhi Design District is becoming increasingly more filled with options for shoppers on modern furniture, home decor and textiles. You will also see that more showrooms and quality suppliers are opening their doors to the public, feeding an increasingly bigger supply and demand chain in the design scene in India.
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