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23 May 2011

Art collector Shalini Passi's New Delhi home

As our Reborn in India issue hits the shelves, come alive with us in the most eye-popping, synapse-snapping, pulse-pushing place on the planet. Wallpaper visits art collector Shalini Passi's New Delhi home. 

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If you want to see the way the Indian elite might one day live, the collector Shalini Passi's New Delhi home is a good place to start. For more than a decade, Passi has conducted a brilliantly curated, global tour of self-education: commissioning and collecting works of art, objects and furniture from auction houses, artists and fairs on four continents. And she has housed her collection in a remarkable space that is so much more than the sum of its parts.

To hear the extraordinary tale behind Passi's home, you'll have to turn to our May issue (out now), but here, we take you on a tour.

In the main entrance, in front of Jitish Kallat's Rickshawpolis, 2008, sit five porcelain Puppy vases, 1998, by Jeff Koons, which Passi fills with fresh flowers flown in from Holland every Friday.

Passi sits on the 5m ‘Yamuna’ bar, commissioned from Based Upon, which faces the garden. A privately commissioned Subodh Gupta oil painting is lit by a Baccarat crystal chandelie.

On the upper landing is a 1970s 'Cityscape' cabinet by Paul Evans in maple burl veneer and brass, beneath There is No Explosive in This, 2007, digital print on canvas, by Shilpa Gupta. 

In the study is a unique table by Marc Newson and a 'Pennini' magazine rack and 'Mani' waste paper basket, both by Fornasetti, while on the wall hangs a painting by MF Husain.

The article is republished with permission from Wallpaper.com 

Reader's Comments

1. 2011-05-26 10:23
love the house .. but not the deco ...!!
2. 2011-06-07 13:37
so rite. horrid deco
3. 2011-06-23 09:10
The interior designer should have been stoned to death!
4. 2011-06-23 09:10
Oh...but the pug is so cute though
5. 2011-07-16 13:47
was expecting something more...what a disappointment
6. 2011-07-23 14:04
some cheap looking house
7. 2011-07-27 13:57
I certainly agree...nice looking house but not the furnitures and decor.
8. 2011-07-31 08:33
Everyone has their own idea of art and design. Its a personal thing of ideas and taste that run from great to questionable. Notice that the photos don't really show the space or focus on the art works. If its about art that's also another matter? For my taste: good and bad, but not cheap or kitsch. Some of the art work is also worthy and the house is very livable. www.stephenalbair.com
9. 2011-08-24 16:42
totaly agree with STARSEV, i mean, jeff koons, marc newson totally worth noticing artist and designer. The thing is they sometimes dont go together, if she was really good, she didn't have to parade her wealth with the lists of precious 'art' she has but instead work on a concept of decor and let her art work its way around that concept, or maybe in here art is, the concept, however it would not be my personal choice of selection.
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