Last year, German photographer Karen Knorr published a book documenting the interiors of India’s opulent and colorful old palaces, temples and forts alongside acclaimed author William Dalrymple. That book, India Song, was filled with the sort of fairytale-like images that so many people identify with Indian architecture. I lost myself in these photos again while writing this post, dreaming about the lives of the people that inhabited these spaces and imagining the bare feet of the children of royalty that ran through these marble corridors and the lull of hot afternoons behind sugary stained glass.
But there is a new generation of cafes, restaurants and hotels to bring this incredible architectural and design heritage into the future. Humming with cultural fusion, new talent bringing international perspectives and of course the craftwork that binds it all together, these contemporary interiors are changing the landscape of design and architecture in India. Today I’m sharing 10 of my favorite spaces in 10 different cities across India. –Rohini