The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Liliane and David M. Stewart Collection, 2011.168–169
First working in his native India as an industrial designer, Pakhalé moved to Europe in 1992 and set up his own practice in 1998. This vase and fruit basket reflect Pakhalé’s interest in the traditional forms and materials from his homeland, in this case, Indian woven baskets. He transformed the ancient handcrafted everyday objects by using a new material—bell metal, a mixture of copper and tin similar to bronze—and contemporary manufacturing technology to update the aesthetic in a more durable material.
These objects still reflect the simple forms of good design, but their curvy handles and horizontal lines add surprising interest.
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, photo: Denis Farley.