Frame by Mukul Goyal

Object of desire This elegantly simple frame has a rustic, hand-beaten effect that ensures the gold finish stays well on the right side of bling - and it looks much more expensive than it is.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - June 24, 2010.
Studio shoot of Forged brass photo frame by Mukul Goyal. Dh255 from Etcetera Living, ÊBeach Road, Jumeirah 1, Dubai. 04 344 8868, www.etceteraliving.com for Object of Desire. ( Tina Chang / The National )

If you've read this column more than once or twice you'll most likely have noticed my love of the contemporary-yet-timeless, simple-yet-decorative and artisanal-yet-sophisticated. This picture frame by Mukul Goyal ticks all of those boxes - and another one: it's one of those great pieces that looks much more expensive than it is. An alumnus of Milan's Domus Academy and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Gurgaon-based Goyal is a star of India's burgeoning contemporary design landscape. And he is hugely prolific: working mostly in metal, his output ranges from candelabra and clocks to curtain poles and door handles.

But it's his work in forged brass that I like best: the forms have an elegant simplicity and the crumpled surface has a rustic, hand-beaten effect that ensures the gold finish stays well on the right side of bling. That said, whatever your taste, it will fit right in. With its off-set photo "window" this frame plays nicely with proportions - and it's infinitely adaptable: you can hang it on the wall or sit it on a shelf or console, horizontally or vertically. How much more mileage could you want from a thing of such simple beauty?

Crumpled frame by Mukul Goyal, Dh255 from Etcetera Living, Beach Road, Jumeirah 1, Dubai; 04 344 8868, www.etceteraliving.com

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