In 1931, the 25-year-old Maharaja of Indore employed German architect Eckhart Muthesius to commission a modern palace, called Manik Bagh in the state of Madhya Pradesh in India. Muthesius created interiors in the spirit of the latest directions formulated by the European avant-garde streams of De Stijl, Cubism, Art Deco, and Constuctivism. The palace was furnished with rugs by Ivan Da Silva Bruhns, chandeliers by Rene Lalique, silver by Jean Puforcat, and furniture by Emile-Jackes Rhulmann, Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perraind, and Eileen Gray. Some of these objects, such as the stainless steel Maharaja’s bed and geometrical lamps by Muthesius that were a part of the Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge’s collection, have found their voice in the international marketplace.
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