A good design blurs the boundaries of disparate disciplines and times. It interweaves narratives from  Society/ Art /culture/ Technology/ Psychology and other disciplines and sciences. 

For ages now, Architecture has been an inspiration to product design. For instance, the Mughal architectural motifs reflect in the gilded jewellery from that era. This further is seen in a lot of Rajput Jewellery pieces where these aesthetics are shared, signifying the cross cultural  influence of design.

From our experience of watching Indian palaces built in the Renaissance period, we can easily map the influence of colonial ruling in them. This has subconsciously settled the idea of the Art Deco architecture and design in the Indian mind. Every age has thus brought with itself the specific material cultures from a new place-- and this settles over time, one layer on top of the other. Much like sediments forming a rock with layers, each gives us a hint of what it meant to be living in those times.