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Umang Shah

Brooklyn, NY, United States

Designer (architecture)

Member since May 22, 2007

  • Air India Matches

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design


    What happened to the cool Air India? It must have been great during the 70s? Apart from the smoke in the air plane, it could have been cool to receive a book of matches like these.

  • CB2 Bollywood Pillow

    Arts & Culture, Fashion Design


    Crate and Barrel recently launched a new store, CB2 to brawl with its competitors like West Elm and Room and Board.

    Based on a tip from a friend I was brought to this item which lists as the following from's website.

    bollywood pillow $19.95

    Bombay blockbuster. Coming to a sofa or chair near you. Bollywood film clip, remastered in black and white on 100% cotton. Hidden zipper closure; feather-down insert. Machine wash. Imported.

    The strange thing is that this item looks more like a Urban Outfitter's product. It reminds me of something that would be found in someones "smoking" room. I could never imagine this product doing well in, India where the image was generated from. People would mock the product and wonder why it costs $19.95? That would be close to 780 rupees, which could fetch a designer's silk embroidered pillow. Big difference, but we might be able to attribute this to overhead?

    In the end there isn't a series of these items that would make it a line for CB2. It seems like they are testing the waters to see where all this Bollywood hype would take them?

  • Salvador Dali and the Air India Ashtray

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design


    For those that are not aware, Air India had actually employed the services of the famous "Surrealist" painter Salvador Dali. He was commissioned to design an ashtray that was given to lucky passengers.

    Imagine going down to your adventurous traveling, grandmother's basement and finding this relic alongside a snake charming flute? It apparently can fetch $800-1200+.

    It is a funky design and one that I wouldn't look at twice, but hey it was designed in a limited addition by a famous artist and I would be the first in line at the, "Antique Road Show".

    Source: ebay, Jan. 2003 "The ashtray is approximately 4" x 3" across and 2 1/2" tall. Ashtray is mostly unglazed porcelain with a glazed serpent around the lip of the ashtray. From the booklet that accompanied it:"

    "The ashtray is composed of a shell-shaped centre with a serpent twined around its perimeter. It is supported by two surrealist elephant-heads and a swan. These supports are based on Dali´s double-image effect. The master explains: "The reflection of an elephant´s head looks like a swan and the reflection of a swan appears to be an elephant. This is what I have done for the ashtray. The swan up-side-down becomes an elephant´s head and the elephant inverted - a swan."

    It is the first time that an artist of such world stature has designed an "objet d´art" for an airline. And we at Air-India are honoured and delighted to be able to present this ...

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My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design