An art evening for the architecture and interior design community
Kohler organised the Mumbai leg of the fourth edition of Kohler: Bold Art Evening, an event powered by Pecha Kucha, on November 18. Translated to ‘chit chat’ in English, Pecha Kucha follows the philosophy of expressing one’s creativity in the fewest words possible. The term originated in Japan as an informal forum for young designers, architects and artists to showcase their work, network with others, and have a conversation about art, design and more. The presenters are allowed to show 20 image-only slides, and describe them in less than 20 seconds each.
The Mumbai event hosted the crème de la crème of the architecture and interior design community. The topic for this edition was ‘Less is more’. The first speaker, Ravi Sarangan, an architect from Mumbai, spoke about how paucity is the genesis of creativity. Architect Bobby Mukherjee of Bobby Mukherjee & Associates explained the nuances of the ‘less is more’ concept through a visual journey of some of his firm’s projects, while Khan Mohammed Mustapha Khalid Palash, one of the leading contemporary architects of Bangladesh, spoke about how the essence of ‘less is more’ translated into his work.
Architect Kalhan Mattoo, founder of Planet 3 Studios, spoke about how ‘less is more’ may not be the only philosophy to consider while designing for perfection. Another architect, Nandini Somaya Sampat, of Somaya and Kalappa consultants, spoke about how anarchy and the acute lack of space in the walled city of Kowloon (Hong Kong) had prompted the people of the city to be more innovative with their use of it. Architect Salil Ranadive, owner, Salil Ranadive Architects SR+A, drew many a chortle with his humorous presentation about how ‘less is more’ affects the construction industry. The presentations were a visual treat and comprised ideas and thoughtprovoking concepts on art and architecture.
(From left) Sandeep Singh, Salil Ranadive, Khan Mohammed Musthapha Khalid, Nandini Somaya Sampat, Ravi Sarangan, kanhan Mattoo, Salil Sadanandan and Bobby Mukherji
Guests at Kohler Bold Art powered by Pechakucha