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In India, Vivid Shades of Memphis

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jul 08, 2014 01:02 AM
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by Promila Shastri last modified Jul 07, 2014

If Indian architecture conjures up images of Islamic archways and mosaic ornamentation, French photographer Vincent Leroux’s images from the southern Indian region of Tiruvannamalai will come as an unexpected treat. There, Leroux happened upon houses composed of geometric volumes and vivid color that bear a startling resemblance to the work of — Continue reading …




 

 

tirunamavalai_5_2744.jpeg_north_1160x_whiteIf Indian architecture conjures up images of Islamic archways and mosaic ornamentation, French photographer Vincent Leroux’s images from the southern Indian region of Tiruvannamalai will come as an unexpected treat. There, Leroux happened upon houses composed of geometric volumes and vivid color that bear a startling resemblance to the work of the Memphis Group, the post-modern design movement founded by Italian architect Ettore Sotsass.

These highly unusual houses, some dating back to the 1930′s, are, it turns out, personal expressions of the families who inhabit them, rather than esthetic statements by local architects—and it’s assumed that Sotsass, who had visited India many times, drew inspiration from Tiruvannamalai’s distinctive architectural vernacular in creating Memphis. “It is clear that in every place I visited, there were people who saw the houses with great admiration….I regularly listen to the Indian voice…. we should experience this determination without logic when we design.”tirunamavalai_6_9979.jpeg_north_1160x_whitetirunamavalai_2_481.jpeg_north_780x_whitetirunamavalai_3_4169.jpeg_north_1160x_whitetirunamavalai_9_1073.jpeg_north_1160x_whitetirunamavalai_1_1921.jpeg_north_1160x_white

Images: AD France


 

 

 
 
 

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