The famous British architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens, had such an impact on New Delhi that there remains a district of the Indian city known as Lutyens’ Delhi. The association came from his role in designing buildings for the headquarters of the British Raj. But Delhi also had an impact on Lutyens, with some of the city’s motifs influencing elements of his furniture design.
The most obvious example is the Delhi occasional table, which first appeared at Bois des Moutiers in Normandy, France – an estate designed in partnership by Sir Edwin and the British garden designer Gertrude Jekyll.
The 1718 team was delighted to be asked to create a Delhi table for a US client of Candia Lutyens (the granddaughter of Sir Edwin). Made in walnut, it’s a complex and clever geometric design, with three hoops set in squares beneath a top with three leaves that form a circle when swivelled.