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

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