The Vanishing Stepwells of India: North American Book Launch at The Golden Triangle

On April 6th, River North Design District (RNDD) Member, The Golden Triangle held a standing-room-only book signing event at their River North showroom with journalist Victoria Lautman, author of “The Vanishing Stepwells of India.” (Merrell Publishers)

Victoria Lautman is a veteran print and broadcast journalist specializing in arts and culture. She joined the staff of the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum following graduate school in art history, and later pursued a career in journalism.  In Chicago, Lautman created and hosted two long-running radio programs for WBEZ and WFMT, while writing for many national and international publications. During her inaugural visit to India thirty years ago, Lautman saw her first stepwell.

Now launching her book in North America, the author gave a brief presentation of the book which documents the architectural and cultural significance of Indian stepwells – monumental public works that are little known.

Guests at The Golden Triangle enjoyed Indian inspired refreshments and book signing, following the presentation.


About the Golden Triangle
Focused exclusively on Asian antiques in its early years, The Golden Triangle has evolved into an 18,000 square foot global design resource.  For more than 25 years, owners Douglas Van Tress and Chauwarin Tuntisak have hand-selected vintage and modern furnishings from around the world.  Assembled in curated vignettes, the eclectic mix of Asian and European antiques, artifacts, artwork, lighting, and other accessories prove there are no boundaries or limitations in decorating. From designers and trade professionals, to collectors or simply curious shoppers, The Golden Triangle welcomes all intrigued individuals.  The Golden Triangle hosts exhibitions and cultural events throughout the year.  Please visit to shop our collections and for updates on our special events.

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