Design this week


Bengaluru ByDesign a 10-day design festival that will be held between 23 November - 2 December 2018.

The festival will be spread across three design districts - Whitefield District, Electronic City and Yalahanka, which will play host to a programme of events during the 10-day design festival. Bengaluru ByDesign will focus on demystifying design and making it more accessible to the public through installations, exhibitions, workshops, conferences, events, screenings, pop-ups, talks and more. Some of the key highlights include:

• The Makers Market that will feature more than 30 designers who have been handpicked for their exceptional work and inventive design aesthetic.

• Think Design where the exhibitors will focus on their large residential projects along with showcasing their capabilities in design, furniture production.

• Chris Solarski's masterclass will present a disruptive game design framework inspired by traditional art principles that offer a pure art approach to game design.

• Electronic City ByDesign will include a series of curated talks on Designing For Future, The Future Of Wearable Technology, Ideas That Shook The World.

• BBD & Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology will jointly present workshops, design talks and exhibitions to engage with design students and the public on design education as a part of Yelahanka ByDesign. The programme will also feature a contemporary Japanese poster exhibition with works by 15 Japanese graphic designers made during the bubble economy between 1980 and 1990 in Japan.

Furthering their aims to engage with diverse audiences via a series of design interventions, the festival has collaborated with India Design Forum to produce #LetsTalkDesign, India's biggest design conference from 23 November - 2 December 2018. The collaboration with IDF 2018 aims to provide a platform for industry experts, professionals and emerging design talent to interact and debate with their counterparts from around the world to create awareness on the power of design in India.

For 2018, discussions will focus on the best design trends and technologies shaping the future as well as introducing new concepts, products and services that demonstrate how design is transforming contemporary living.

Renowned Indian and international design practitioners and thought-leaders will speak about the most exciting and impactful developments in design today. Some of the key International speakers include Brendan McGetrick, Curator, Global Grad Show, UK, Brian Parkes, CEO, JamFactory, Australia, Chris Solarski, Artist/Game Designer, Switzerland, Christian Girard, Co-Founder, Digital Knowledge, France, Kai Richter, Chief Designer, SAP, Germany, Karolina Merska, Artist/Designer, UK, Philippe Morel, Co-Founder, Digital Knowledge, France and Steve Lidbury, Managing Principal, Eight Inc. London amongst others.

Speakers participating from India include Abimanyu Nohwar, Founder, Kiba Design, Biren Ghose, CEO, Technicolour, Francois Gramoli, Creative Director, WeWork, Gunjan Gupta, Furniture Designer and Founder of Wrap, Kamal & Shibanee Sagar, Co-Founders, Total Environment Building Systems, Karthik Vaidyanathan, Founder, Varnam Craft Collective, Malika Verma Kashyap, Founder, Border & Fall, Prateek Jain, Co-Founder, Klove Studio, Revati Kant, Chief Design Officer, Titan Company Limited, Sanjay Garg, Founder, Raw Mango, Sanjay Podder, Managing Director, Accenture Labs and Shiva Nallaperumal, Graphic Designer amongst others.

Queen Marie-Antoinette’s Pearl sells for $36.2m

World Auction Record For A Natural Pearl

At Sotheby’s in Geneva, one of the most important historic collections of royal jewels made auction history. One hundred treasures from the collection of the Bourbon Parma family together realised $53.1m, more than seven times the pre-sale high estimate of $7m and a record for any sale of royal jewels, eclipsing the long-held benchmark of $50.3m established by the sale of jewels of the Duchess of Windsor established in 1987. Every jewel offered yesterday found a buyer, with many selling for high multiples of pre-sale expectations.

Following exhibitions of the jewels around the world, including Sotheby’s Dubai in October, international collectors and history-lovers demonstrated the full force of their fascination with the historic treasures. Participants from 43 countries took part in the sale, and bidding this evening was resolutely modern, with 55% of registrants participating online. A testament to the universal appeal of the jewels, a quarter of participants were new to Sotheby’s. Bidders entered the competition with an eager disregard for pre-sale expectations, driving 90% of prices in the sale beyond the high estimates.

The top lot of the collection was Marie Antoinette’s pearl pendant (an exceptional and highly important natural pearl and diamond pendant dating from the 18th century), which sold for $36,165,090 – against an estimate of $1-2 million. This was a world record for a natural pearl.

Another highlight from Marie Antoinette’s collection, Diamond brooch with a double ribbon bow design set second half of the 18th century

Of double ribbon bow design set with cushion-shaped and circular-cut diamonds, second half of the 18th century, supporting a detachable pendant set with a pear-shaped diamond of yellow tint, probably early 19th century.

“More than thirty years ago, I was part of the specialist team entrusted with the landmark sale of the jewels of the Duchess of Windsor – a sale that has held a legendary status ever since. Tonight a new benchmark was established in the sale of Royal and Noble jewels, a field in which Sotheby’s has been the pioneer for many years,” David Bennett, Worldwide Chairman of Sotheby’s International Jewellery Division, said.

“Tonight we saw the Marie Antoinette factor work its magic. No other queen is more famous for her love of jewels, and her personal treasures, pearls and diamonds that survived intact the tumults of history, captivated the interest of collectors around the world,” Daniela Mascetti, Sotheby’s Jewellery Chairman, Europe, added.