Another interesting development was in the year 1930 when Maharaja Yeshwant Rao Holkar brought the talented German architect and designer Eckart Muthesius to Indore. His assignment was to furnish the Manik Bagh Palace’s interiors. Over the next couple of years, Muthesius filled the rooms with geometric carpets, modernist furniture and lighting designed by himself and other European designers like Le Corbusier and Eileen Gray.
Moving on to more recent times, in 2010 fashion designer Manish Arora created “Inspired by Mercedes”, a collection of quirky T-shirts and accessories that paid tribute to the German luxury car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz. In the same year, the designer duo Shantanu & Nikhil brought out an exclusive line of sportswear called S&N for adidas Style Essentials. Fresh and young, the shoes, accessories and clothes were inspired by the black and yellow colours of the taxi! Actress Deepika Padukone walked the ramp at the Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2010 in S&N black shorts and a yellow-and-black striped tee.
Model Sheela Tiruchi is another Indo-German success story. Born and brought up in Berlin, this Tamilian beauty’s heart beats for both Germany and India! She has modelled in Berlin and Mumbai, and has even shared the catwalk with Milla Jovovich! A trained dancer and MBA degree-holder, Sheela now lives in Mumbai, where she keeps busy with many things apart from modelling!
In 2018, product designer and former national-level cyclist Nikita Bhate and German designer Pascal Hien met during a scholarship programme in Italy and instantly connected over their shared love for forgotten crafts. The result? “Reclaimed Stories”, a collection of five signature pieces of furniture that blends Indian design with German aesthetics. This successful collaboration is another high five to Indo-German ties in design!