THE MAN BEHIND SOME OF INDIA’S BEST AIRPORTS: The GVK Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport’s Terminal 2 (T 2), which opened in January, is reportedly home to India’s largest public art programme. It is a building constructed with such a unique point-of-view that it resembles no other airport in the world. A lot of the credit for its obsessive focus on Indian art and heritage, must go to the man who envisioned it that way—GV Sanjay Reddy, the managing director of Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd. Sanjay and his wife Pinky’s Hyderabad home also reflects much of that passion. If you’ve been through T2, then seeing the Reddys’ home in ‘High-Flyers’ (pg 110), will give you a contextual understanding of why Sanjay believes art to be so important. The typical thing to do in an edition that explores ‘Smart Living’ choices would be to feature small homes. But creating intelligent spaces is about much more than just maximizing them. We’ve explored the idea through several exciting stories. For unfussy but brilliant ideas from people who value utilitarian design, read ‘The Simple Life’ (pg 102), where 11 individuals talk about a product or idea that has changed their lives. For me, it’s the coffee machine. Since my first–a Siemens machine–five years ago, this appliance has become the single most important piece of equipment in my household. The smell of good coffee reminds me of home now, and hotels that stock a Nespresso machine are immediate favourites. My current gadget—a Jura Impressa—is so easy to use that my two-and-a-half-year old twins now make me a cup every morning. As counterpoints to the splendour of the Reddy home, we have featured two unique spaces that clearly refl ect how smartly some people plan their homes. In ‘Mixed Media’ (pg 120), Sarabjit Singh worked around building restrictions by creating a prefabricated home that looks so substantial and well considered, that it’s hard to believe it’s essentially a makeshift structure. Then there’s designer Varrun Motihar’s Gurgaon dwelling in ‘Spaced Out’ (pg 128) where, for the sake of space and light, Motihar replaced the inside walls with glass panels. I hope you enjoy seeing and reading these homemakers’ stories, and more importantly, learn a trick or two from their experience. Enjoy the edition.
Architectural Digest is a publication for the architecture community. The first international edition of the magazine was launched in Italy in 1981. With AD India, the magazine now exists in nine countries, showcasing some of the most exquisite homes in the world.