Interior Design

Tushar Desai  for years has done an admirable job of holding together and conducting a very fair and inclusive design competition for the Indian Institute of Interior Designers (IIID), that just gets bigger and better each day. With Bimal Mistry now joining the effort its got even better. This year they published for the first time a year book, that compiled all the winning entries for 2012. Its a valuable publication. When putting it together they  requested an essay and gave me no time lines, and so I dashed it off to him in a day . It did not make the cut; and I understand what rejection is . :-). Do read it. The essay is a tongue in cheek comment on Interior Design in India today. The last…
Invested as it is, to surround the human body, a bit lesser than clothes and a lot more than architecture - interior design is often occupied with marking and occupying spaces for the daily enactment of life - and whilst doing so, it presents a certain aesthetic. In presenting this aesthetic it sometimes clones, at other times is original or evolved - and in the best cases explores a craft or a material. In doing all this, depending on the skill of the maker, it makes the space, rational, poetic, dense, sparse, cluttered, efficient, and other such things. Unfortunately this is what it does - and rarely any more. It rarely communicates the memory of an association, it rarely allows contemplation of a past, and it rarely allows an imagination…
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