Nandini Maheshwari:Taj Mahal
widely recognized “Seven wonders of the world” in Agra, India is notable for its architectural beauty. Commissioned by Shah Jahan, one of the distinguished Mughal emperors
in the memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, the monument has always inspired the Design and
architectural world. But the Belgian design firm studio
Job has taken its inspiration to
another level with the classic
Taj Mahal table that
it has unveiled at
Basel Miami 2012. The upside down TajMahal table is an exemplary work of art with innovation and tradition going hand in hand. The iconic bronze Taj Mahal Table boasts flashy gilt domes and is reportedly based on the same
architectural principles except few changes in the design to make it upside down. Design-wise, it’s made of bronze unlike the white marble
in Taj Mahal. Available in a limited edition of eight, this table is priced at €36,000 ($45,455).
The Taj Mahal table
The design house is known for its collector’s furniture cast in bronze. Back in 2007, the design studio has earned accolades for its limited edition suite of five pieces unveiled at Art Basel Miami, which got sold off to a private collector called Robber Baron for a whopping $700,000 within the first hour of the show.
The other contemporary designs by Studio Job includes a floor-standing bronze crane lamp, which reminds us of Swedish designer, Charlie Davidson’s iconic Crane Lamp Fixtures from the Milan fair 2012.
The other highlights at the Art Basel Miami includes, Israel designer Ron Gilad’s contemporary Glass Tube Bench for Dilmos.
Gilded wall installation
The highlights at the fair includes a six-foot-wide wall installation called “Burgeon” by Hudson Valley artist Jennifer Trask, which is composed of 18th and 19th century gilt picture frames and it sports an extraordinary price true to its gilt make at $175,000.