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At home in the world

Two books, one recent and one not so recent from Roli, New Delhi form the subject of this post. The first is by Darlie Koshy, Director of the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad who authored Indian Design Edge: Strategies for Success in the Creative Economy.
“Breaking the glass ceiling of existing perceptions and mindset about Indian design, Dr Darlie Koshy, an internationally acclaimed design management expert, in Indian Design Edge, attempts to trace and touch upon the evolution and growth of Indian design which makes it possible for design to add and realize value and to create brands in the new age economy.

This book is a step towards creating a vision for India to assume leadership in the world of design. Indian Design Edge has a ‘hands on, minds on’ approach emanating from years of experience as an academic leader, researcher, top manager, consultant and, above all, an innovative thinker. There are illustrative design case studies, historical milestones, policy perspectives, industry insights and scenario analyses inspiring the reader to explore, discover and unleash the power of Indian design for success and growth.”

In our Management Studies section, Rs 695. 176 pages. ISBN 9788174366702

The other title is Bombay Art Deco Architecture – A Visual Journey (1930-1953) by Navin Ramani. Navin lived in Bombay in an Art Deco during his childhood, but not until he moved to Miami in 1989 and seeing the Miami Beach Art Deco District recognized the great architectural legacy of Mumbai… Familiar story. But he decided to do something to sensitise the rest of the world to the incredible architectural heritage of Mumbai, resulting in the book Bombay Art Deco Architecture which “presents a treasury of Art Deco buildings comprising residential, commercial and public architecture created during the glamorous and optimistic era of the mid 1930s and 1940s. The architects, a small list of the first generation of modern Indian architects, were trained in western architectural traditions, if not actually in the West. These architects, influenced by the fashionable aesthetic current in Europe, were eager to imbue the city with a new modern style. That style shared its provenance with the Art Deco architecture of Miami Beach, termed Tropical Deco by Laura Cerwinske in her seminal 1981 book. Built in the same era, the Art Deco architecture of the two cities exhibits similar scale, geometry, tropical vocabulary, and love of romance.”

In our Art and Architecture section, Rs 1295. Hardback, 293 pages. ISBN 9788174364487

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